It has happened, Mark Letestu’s time as an Oiler is finally over. He has been traded to the Nashville Predators for forward, Pontus Aberg.
Mark Letestu and Patrick Maroon were told by management to pack “heavy” during their current road trip and now we see why. Of the last couple of weeks, all signs pointed to these guys being moved, and the Letestu trade was the first shoe to drop.
Powerplay specialist, Mark Letestu hasn’t put up numbers like he has last year, but to be fair, nobody has been playing as well for the Oilers this year. The Elk Point boy has scored eight goals and 11 assists this year which is a little under pace from what he’s done in the previous season. I will miss yelling “LETESTUBE” at my TV and of course chanting his names in bars whenever he scores.
I’m going to miss Mark Letestu. pic.twitter.com/HhZBEju5R1
— Baggedmilk – Beet writer til .500 (@jsbmbaggedmilk) February 25, 2018
Coming back to the Oilers is left winger, Pontus Aberg. Pontus has put up two goals and eight assists with the Preds in 37 games this year and played four games in the AHL earlier in the season. Although I don’t know much about Aberg, it looks like he’s known to score some pretty fancy goals whenever he does score.
— Dva Experta (@Dva_Experta) February 25, 2018
Looks like Wikipedia also dubs him as “The Pope” for some reason…. so that’s something we can work with, right? Thanks to FatDad on Twitter for finding this. Pontus Aberg currently has a $650K cap hit for two more years, so it frees up a little bit of cap space by moving Letestu out.
What do you guys think of the move? We were all expecting Letestu to get traded at the deadline but is Pontus Aberg worth it? Let me know in the comments.
I hope you didn’t order your Letestu Predators jersey because it appears that Nashville has just flipped Mark Letestu to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft. Good luck in Ohio, Mark! Here are some of his comments regarding his eventful morning:
Spoke with Mark Letestu about coming back to Columbus. This about sums it up for him. He still owns a house in the Columbus area. "It's been a bit of a whirlwind morning …" #CBJ pic.twitter.com/FmEhu6U0zu
— Brian Hedger (@JacketsInsider) February 25, 2018
Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 2/26/2018 – 10:30am MST