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Report: Oilers willing to move Jokinen and Slepyshev

It looks like we’re getting back to #TradeTheMall territory as rumours are circulating that the Oilers are open to moving Jussi Jokinen and Anton Slepyshev.

Over at Sportsnet, Mark Spector posted an article this afternoon that talks about the Oilers being open to shipping out newly recruited Jussi Jokinen as well as Anton Slepyshev in an attempt to add a piece. It’s a little bit surprising, a lot of sad, but all around Oilers, ya know? But if one bottom six rumour wasn’t enough to induce a head scratch, Chris Johnston just posted a similar story where his sources say that the Oilers actually sent out a note to gauge interest in Jussi Jokinen. So what the hell is going on here? I know both articles from the same place, but could there really be smoke here? Let’s take a look.

Let’s start with Slepyshev

After missing all of training camp and the pre-season, I’m not sure why it’s a big surprise that Slepyshev is having a slow start to the year. What’s confusing is the fact that his name is coming up in trade rumours. Frankly, Slepyshev was getting all kinds of love this summer and it would be odd that the Oilers would just abandon ship on him already. That is unless Chiarelli needs to give up something of value in order to consummate a deal (likely given that it’s Peter Chiarelli). I’m not saying that Anton Slepyshev is untradeable, but I would think it’s a little early to be giving up on him now, yeah? Anybody? Just me?

What about Jokinen

This one is hilarious to me. The Oilers signed Jussi Jokinen to a one-year deal on July 7th of this year and we’re only 10 games into the regular season. And he’s already in trade rumours? Talk about immediate buyer’s remorse. If this rumour is true, and Peter Chiarelli has already put out feelers for anyone wanting to take Jokinen, then he should have his credit card taken away immediately. When you combine this with the alleged whoopsie daisy that is the Ryan Strome trade then you have two of the only roster moves made this summer turning into disasters.

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Mar 14, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers left winger Anton Slepyshev (42) takes a shot against Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (not pictured) during the second period at Rogers Place. The Oilers won the game 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

Frankly, I don’t know what to make of these rumours at all. I mean, trading guys from the bottom six would certainly be a “shake up” of sorts but would it really matter all that much with what’s happening on the ice? I mean, let’s be honest here. What kind of return could the Oilers really get with Slepyshev and 36-year-old Jussi Jokinen as the bargaining chips? We’ve seen what Chia gets in a one-for-one trade, so it goes without saying that these two fellas aren’t going to land you Matt Duchene, ya dig? If anything, moving a guy like Jokinen would just look sad considering he’s been around for about 10 minutes.

All in all, it’s been a weird few Internet days for the Edmonton Oilers. Nick Kypreos kicked a hornet’s nest over the weekend and said that the Oilers already regret the Eberle/Strome trade, Twitter is mad at Connor for dressing like Trump on Halloween, and now peeps are talking about bottom six guys getting the boot before their even cooled off. Needless to say, the storylines surrounding the Oilers have done a complete 180 over the past month and it’s been a rollercoaster ride to see them go from Cup favourites back to #HereComeTheOilers territory.

What do you guys think about the Jokinen/Slepyshev rumours? Would you move either of them? Let me know in the comments.

  • ifiwasgm

    Since the moment Chiarelli got so badly fleeced on the Hall trade, I have not trusted anything he does. Then he gets nominated for GM of the year and I’m like “Are you kidding me?!”
    Now sounds like alot of people are jumping off the Chiarelli bandwagon.
    (trade Hall, no problem, if you had too. But lose the trade so badly dosen’t work for me)

  • ScottV

    The forward group just seems disjointed to me. Partly because of McL and the way he handles that group. Haven’t liked it from day one and I understand that it was the same thing in SJ, before Thornton ended up running him out of town. McL thinks it makes sense to constantly put a blender to the lines, to I guess – search for elusive offensive chemistry and to keep his forwards on their toes. I think it just pisses them off and takes away from groups of 3 guys gaining valuable familiarity with each other, putting their heads together to figure out how to be truly effective as a group, both ways. Sure – the blender every once in a while, but it’s a disaster when its the norm.

    The other part that’s disjointed is appropriate style of players for the key guys that you have, and the imbalance created by McD and Drai playing together. That leaves Nuge with Lucic – which makes no sense. Nuge is mostly a rush oriented centreman and Lucic is a cycler – net front tank. The cavalry and a tank don’t work that well together. Drai would be Lucic’s best bet as a c, as long as Drai (and I think he would), adjusts his game somewhat to accommodate Lucic’s strengths. Overly – risking having the tank run north and south – all over the place, will never get it done and lets face it, we’re stuck with the tank and have to make better use of it.

    There are a number of other examples, but I just think the forward group is being mismanaged and yes – it probably needs a different couple of pieces in – for a couple or three disjointed pieces out. If moving Jokinen and Slepyshev out – helps in that regard, it would be a step forward.

  • FriedSkank

    Slepy can play – shoot, skate, pass, hit (like Pitlick….) He had a good playoffs but was playing with Draisaitl.
    Give him ice time and line-mates to prove it again. Playing 9 min game on the 4th line won’t do it. Also, know team will give us fair trade value.

    • 24% body fat

      I agree, he is a big body right handed shot. but instead they put caggulia on the pp. Is this not exactly what they are looking for opposite nuge or connor. What is it they see in Caggulia. I see a player putting in an effort but is still to raw for the role he is given. The NHL is not a developmental league.

  • GK1980

    Apart from sleppy nobody wants jokinen or Strome. They aren’t very good. Once again Oilers trading from a position of weakness. Haven’t they learned the last 10 years this is a poor strategy. Now I am nervous about this year.

    • ComeAtMeDog

      Yeah nuge will get sold for a struggling rw who scored 20 goals once and hasn’t had good years in a while . Another lost trade . Barzal with his 3rd goal tonight . How’s griffin doing ? Pfft

    • Bert Raccoon

      What makes me nervous is that Chia hasn’t been here for all those DOD years and is still learning lessons about poor trades… but we’re in the gutter for now, not the sewer.

  • Roberto

    Rangers are desperate right now…. Trade JP, Benning, Strome, Jokinen, Slepy and a 2nd for McDonaugh and Krieder. If that doesn’t get it done, sweeten the pot with picks. Trade the mall.

  • BobbyCanuck

    A hockey team lives and dies by its best players, blaming 3rd 4th lines, back up goalie and 2nd pairing D men for our woes is misguided at best.

    Our best players are not getting it done, simple as that, wanna play trade game? McDavid, Dria, Klef, Larson, and Talbot are the only players other teams would be interested in

  • gordo

    other than the top 2 forwards every other player is not worth all that much in the market. apparently we miss sekera big time because only eberle, poulliot, and pitlick are gone from last years roster. and other than pitlick they were pretty much run out of town. if puljajarvi aint ready for the show, and it appears he’s not, the mathematical odds of making the playoffs go down every week

  • Squishin

    Flames fan here. I understand that BringtheFire 2.0 has been doing what he can to comfort you in your time of woe. I just want to say from my perspective: the Oilers have a great coach. This team can be incredibly tough to play against, partially because of the lineup (and the star), but mostly because of the aggressive, efficient system in place. Todd McLellan is a good coach. The Oilers tend to dominate possession-wise, shots-wise, etc. I am certain the goals will follow suit at some point. Firing the coach would not be wise, I think he is one of the best things about the team.

    • BringtheFire 2.0

      See, I think Todd is fine too. And Strome was never going to be more than a 30 point dude and that’s fine if Drai manages to drive his own line and some small miracle happens with the D.

      Things can change very quickly in hockey. Yesterday it was Gully’s head. A good game and we’re quiet about it today.

      Just…it’s Rogers. It’s Rogers that wrote this cup narrative and the players had to take it on their shoulders and they didn’t have a choice. Shame.

      It’s a mental game in Edmonton right now, and I’ve said it before, you have the right Captain to lead you out of this mess.

  • Holly Wood

    What do you think you are getting in return for two guys that aren’t able to slot into the bottom 6?. Sometimes you have to fish or cut bait, this is one of thos times

  • Vanoil

    I don’t think anyone in OIL country was enamoured with either Jokinen or Strome. Eberle for Hamonic was the only deal that made any sense vis-a-vis the Islanders, but their ask was apparently also a pick. Another uneven trade, where the OIL gained room to sign Draisaitl and McD. Could have, should have, but didn’t, bring in a value centre or right wing which they desperately needed at depth. Cagguila and Slepyshev are decent depth wingers who can play up in the line up, but won’t so long as McL doesn’t have faith in them — Cagguila hasn’t proven he has the wherewithall to play 82 plus in a season, while Sleps simply doesn’t speak English well enough, and McL’s bias against those he can’t communicate effectively with is well documented. That leaves Yamo punching above his weight class, as there simply is no other choice — Puljujarvi (who is in the right weight class) doesn’t have the head or savvy to play in the top six (yet, we hope), which leaves us where we were on July 01st — either we are short a top 9 center, or, have to play short a (or a short) top 9 right winger … You would think ChiaPete would have learned after Reinhart not to trade for a top Islander pick; but taking a flier on another team’s buyout … that’s as bad as assuming Puljujarvi would be ready to go this season.