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Trade Chips

Everyone can agree that the Oilers have holes in their lineup, and those holes need to be fixed if they want to compete next season. The organization also doesn’t very much, if any, cap space to use on free agents.

Those two facts give them two options if they want to fill the holes in their lineup. They either need to be patient with young players and hope they eventually develop or they need to make trades for players that can fill those holes now.

Some would say that the smarter move would be to hold onto their young, valuable assets and try to find cheap short-term solutions. I believe that’s the best way to go, and I’m sure most of you reading this would agree with me.

Just one problem: none of our jobs are on the line this offseason.

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Whether you like it or not, Peter Chiarelli doesn’t have the option of being patient. If this team falters next year, he likely won’t have a job anymore. So Chiarelli is tasked with trying to keep his job by improving this team via the trade market, which makes almost every Oilers fan very anxious, and understandably so.

To get value, you need to give value, and the Oilers do have some young pieces that would certainly interest other teams.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Nov 28, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrates his overtime goal against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

How could I write about the Oilers and possible trades without mentioning the Nuge?

His name has been thrown around in trade rumours since the organization drafted Connor McDavid, and that won’t change this summer.

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Keeping Nugent-Hopkins in Edmonton gives this team incredible depth down the middle, and would allow Todd McLellan to be very flexible with his lines. Add on that he’s grown into a stellar two-way forward, still has room to grow offensively and can play tough minutes against the oppositions best. Anyone who’s been watching this team knows how good Nugent-Hopkins can be.

He’s very valuable to this team, but he’d be very valuable in a trade and would likely fetch you a strong right-handed powerplay defenseman or a top line shooting winger, both of which are big needs. His $6 million cap-hit would come off the books as well, which would give them some financial flexibility.

There is some logic behind a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deal, but it would still hurt the overall depth of their forward group. Frankly, the Oilers are better with him on the team than without him.

Oscar Klefbom

Oct 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom (77) controls the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at United Center. Oilers won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

When Klefbom is at his best, he’s a high-end offensive defenseman who can produce adequately with the man advantage. This year, Klefbom has been far from his best and at times has barely looked like an NHL defender.

If Chia dangles the Swedish blueliner in a trade, he probably won’t get full value given the players injury history and play this season. Still, the Oilers have Andrej Sekera and Darnell Nurse on the left side, so it’s not like that area of their lineup is weak by any means.

There may be a team who values what Klefbom brings when he’s healthy. I could see there being a ton of interest in this player, as is often reported. The reason I struggle with the idea of moving #77 is not just because he’s a good player but also because of his contract. At just over $4.1 million for the next five years, he has a chance to be a real value contract for a team that will need value contracts.

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He holds value, he’s coming off a bad season and they have some depth on the left-side, for those reasons I could see Chiarelli dangling him on the trade market.

A Young Winger

Oct 24, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matthew Murray (30) makes a save against Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto (56) during the second period at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This is where things get rather interesting. If the Oilers want to improve immediately next year, which Chiarelli will clearly want to do, then their best bet would be trade young players with value for proven players who can contribute at a high-level next season.

It’s clear this team needs to get more skill on their wings, and while the likes of Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto could one day be those pieces, they would also be very valuable trade chips.

As I mentioned off the top, I personally wouldn’t move either of them, but my job isn’t on the line. If Peter Chiarelli wants to get better ASAP, then trading off good young players to get good experienced players might be something he needs to look at. It hasn’t worked for him in the past, but he isn’t gun shy when it comes to dealing young talent.

The problem with this avenue is that they don’t have very much cap flexibility, so if they’re going to trade a player on their ELC for a player who’s already on their second or third contract, they would need to find a way to shed salary in another move.


The line of thinking here is similar to the last note. If they want to get better quickly, then they’re best to trade off future assets for current players.

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Their first, and even second, round picks this year will have tremendous value to other teams, specifically the Ottawa Senators who have dealt off a lot of their own picks.

If they don’t want to completely deplete their system, they could look at trading down a few spots in exchange for a roster player. That way, they’d still be improving their current team, while not subtracting too much value from their prospect pool.

If they’re really confident in their ability to bounce back in the standings next year, they could even look into trading their 2019 first-round pick, or one of their three third rounders. That pick could be very valuable to rebuilding teams like the Rangers or Senators.

NHL History: Edmonton Oilers acquire draft pick used to take Steve Smith

It’s probably the safest bet, but as I mentioned a few times already, they don’t have the cap space necessary to add more than one contract, if that.

The team is backed into a real corner, and if they want to make it back into the playoff picture next season, they’ll likely need to rely on the trade market.

The Oilers don’t have very many trade chips, it’s clear that the ones they do have, hold some serious value, which will make for a very interesting summer.

  • 24% body fat

    if the other teams think caggulia has as much value as chia and tmac think he does we should be able to trade him for hoffman.

    i know russell lucic and caggulia dont fetch you anythong bit seriously addition by subtraction.

    the day of the russell signing i knew nurse or klefbom were gone. so dumb. and now hall and nuge and eberle will be casualties of the lucic signing.

    get rid of those 3 and try to get grabner or jvr. let larsson sekera and klefbom bounce back. it is a safer bet next year than chias bet that they all would replicate last years performance.

    • crabman

      When looking at what moves the Oilers could/should make to improve the team I try not to look at moving anyone with a NMC/NTC. The player signed a deal giving him total control over where he plays. Until an announcement is made that such a player has been asked and agreed to waive the NMC discussing a possible trade of such player is moot.

      As far as Caggiula, as much as I disliked seeing him on the top line and top pp I think he has value as a bottom 6. He is aggressive on the forecheck and has been playing fearless lately. If he was bigger he would be a no brainer as a bottom 6 winger and unless there is an obvious upgrade I would qualify him for next year.

    • WillyWonka

      realistically speaking, how much salary do you think the Oil would have to retain in order to motivate a team to take either Lucic or Russell (or both)? and what would you expect in return?

      • RJ

        That is a fair and reasonable question. (Are you ok?)

        As for the ask, I would base that on the return.

        I saw the following trade proposed:

        Micheal Stone for Kurt Russell

        Flames get rid of a high-cost 3RHD and free up room for Rasmus Andersson. They get a guy who can play LHD up and down the lineup and likes to block pucks.

        The Oilers get better L/R balance and better use of their cap space.

        Since there is a NMC Russell has been clear he wants to stay in Alberta. Calgary should work.

        • Snoop Scottie Dogg

          That would be an amazing trade. I LOVE Big Trouble In Little China! Absolutely Kurt’s best work.

          “You know what ol Jack Burton does in in time like this? Ol jack says, what the hell!”

      • RJ

        On Lucic, he’s just about at the bottom in terms of current trade value. I don’t see how the Oil can trade him without keeping 50% and taking a bad contract back.

        Maybe he comes back from the off-season with less weight and he’s better able to manage the speed and pace, and they can get something marginally better back.

    • Stack

      I hate NMC’s and Chia tosses them around like candy, Lucic would have to waive his NMC same with Sekera. However I wouldn’t be too hard on Sekera he is a good defenseman when healthy and I credit him 100% for the PK getting turned around.

      • fasteddy

        I think it’s shooting yourself in the foot retaining large chunks of salary….unless the return is excellent. Paying someone to not be on your team, plus paying a replacement, is not typically a recipe for success in a cap league where space is tight.

      • crabman

        I don’t know how much credit I would give to Sekera for the pk being better the past 10 or so games. He is still only 5th in pk minutes/game 1.02/game. Russell, Nurse, Larsson, and Klefbom all average more than 2 minutes each. So to Credit the 2nd least used regular defensman 100% for the turnaround seems a bit of an overstatement.

  • TruthHurts98

    Ok stop it with the trading Nuge nonsense. If PC trades him I’m done. The only reason he would trade him is because of the moronic signing of Lucic and Russell. Not to mention overpaying Leon as well. And he has never won a big trade, ever. He’s traded more first overall picks than any other GM and gotten fleeced on every trade. And speaking of trading picks, Reinhart sure worked out well. SMH. Plenty of good RHD in the top of this draft. #GETRIDOFPC And history shows us time and again trading picks for the short term does not win cups. We don’t have a good farm system so it’s time to build properly. Get a real GM that knows what the #$%^ he’s doing. Enough said.

  • lee

    Nothing good will come out of either trading away another one of your top players or trading another draft pick like PC did in his first year which turned into another team getting the rookie of the year and potential superstar.
    Do what all competent GM’s do and draft your players, you have some top end players and its your job to find some temporary wingers / right d men until your draft picks make the team. Teams like Winnipeg, Toronto, Tampa, Boston and Florida who just might be a dark horse team when its all over have done just this.
    PC had his chance when he had a 1st and 2nd round pick + Hall + Eberle and even Maroon who was the best pick up at the deadline to fix what the Oilers needed.
    You can’t just keep saying , who’s our next top player we are trading, build the team properly, the fans will be fine with this.
    This years draft according to the experts is a very good draft the Oilers have a top 10 pick maybe a top 3 if they get lucky. Stay the coarse and build the team right.

  • Republic of oil

    We talk alot about the lucic deal and its not good but sekera for 5.5 million and hes nearly invisible out there most nights. Too bad they both have no move clauses. I like looch but 6 million dollars a year for 5 more years. Ouch!!

      • fasteddy

        Anyone that thinks Sekera adds a ton of value hasn’t watched him play. He’s serviceable; somewhere between a 4/5 D-man, that’s it. He walks the puck down the left wall and throws it into the goaltender’s chest twice a game, scrambles in his own end more often than not. Wherever the idea came from that he’s some sort of saviour is ridiculous.

        • crabman

          Sekera was a very good defenceman last year. He is a big reason our pp was so much better last year. He wasn’t a threat from the point bit he made quick accurate passes and kept the puck moving. He was great in the OT 3 on 3 as well. There was a reason he was 1st over the boards with McDavid and Draisaitl. And at the time of his signing he was one of the best defenceman available, $5.5M was the going rate. He will bounce back next year and be a capable middle pair guy and the year after if they decide to move him his contract turns into a MNTC and they can move him then. Sekera’s contract isn’t the problem moving forward.

    • TruthHurts98

      He tore his ACL and had knee surgery. It takes a while but I’m guessing he’ll be much better next year. Not many hockey pundits expected him to be back to form this year. Free agents typically get bloated contracts that’s why building through the draft is the proven way to building championships. Hint hint PC.

  • Spydyr

    Do not trade your draft picks. The only way to build a team in todays NHL is through the draft. Surely even the “Oilers Braintrust” can grasp that simple concept.

    That being said I fully expect Chia to move the first pick and likely Nuge and Klefbom in a desperate attempt to save his job.

    The moves will set the Oilers back years.

  • E-Mac

    Sekera is a great player who obviously is having a down year because of the knee. That being said, moving forward Klefbom will no doubt be better and is on a ridiculously good contract. Trading Klef would be really stupid.

    Somehow we need to convince Sekera that the warm Southern USA would be great for him again and get him to waive his NMC.

    I don’t see us being able to rid ourselves of Looch so let’s pray he bounces back next year.

    Trading Nuge would also be stupid. He didn’t land Seth Jones before Seth Jones became a stud so he’s not going to get us a stud D now.

    We need to find a way to convince and to then afford John Carlson. Obviously the Russel signing hurts here. And Nurse needs a raise. But it’s possible with some value forward contracts.

    Trading Jesse and Kailer would also be very stupid.

    If anything I expect the Oilers to be back in the playoffs next year. So trading trading the 2019 1st rounder could make sense if we don’t sign Carlson.

    I’m praying PC doesn’t make another bonehead move.

  • Zack Attack

    Would this trade be crazy enough to work? Nuge, Klefbom and 2018 1st to AZ for OEL, Dylan Strome and a 2nd? Make the trade before the draft so AZ has 2 lottery balls that could yield Dahlin??

    • OilersGM

      Why would you trade a great centre, a good D-man who is having a down year and a 1st rd pick who could possibly turn into Dahlin or a top line scorer for a great D but not worth all that you’ve mentioned and Dylon Strome who is Griffin Reinhart 2.0.

    • RJ

      Let’s look at that trade offer:

      1) OEL – one season until he became a UFA
      2) Dylan Strome – 49 points in 44 games in the AHL


      1) three seasons of Nuge
      2) five seasons of Klefbom
      3) 2018 pick from 1OV to 10th

      This trade is horrible.

    • Dr Dragon

      Nuge and Klef for Domi and OEL. Only if OEL signs a max term extension then i can see how that trade make sense. Oilers need a true number 1 D. If Chia stays pat in the off season we miss the playoffs again next year

        • Dr Dragon

          Who cares if it means getting a true number 1 dman then so be it.. Our offense runs through Connor and Drai. Our defense is terrible and has been forever now cuz management has never really focused on building it correctly. Trade for OEL and draft either Boqvist or Bouchard and thats a start

  • OilersGM

    Only in Edmonton they keep a GM who’s best before date expired in 2012.
    Let’s keep Chiarelli so he can exploit this team even more because his job is on the line instead of getting ahead of the problem so it doesn’t become worse. #becauseoilers

    • KMA

      Agree! Chia should be on a very short leash this off season. If he mis-steps I would fire his butt out the door., however because it’s the Oil this will not happen. As an organization the Oil need to understand they owe the fans way more than they Chia.

  • Retired Secret Agent

    Get good players. Keep good players players. Klef, Nuge good. Cagg’s, Benning. Not good.
    There, ya think that’s simple enough for Chia- dunce to comprehend.

  • Summercrush

    I think the best thing Chia can do is almost nothing since he is so terrible at trading.
    Going forward in a few years oilers could have good wingers in Pujujarvi, Yams, Benson and Stafin. Bear is looking decent.

    The best move would be to leave it and clear cap space, leave the prospects in the minors/juniors and try to sign Erik Karlson next year at UFA.
    I am fine with Oilers not making playoffs if it is the right move.

    The season after next the Oilers could look something like this

    Maybe Sekera gets bought out
    Karlson will get P.K Subban money.
    Salary cap increases by $8 million
    There is still the possibility of another expansion draft.

  • Jerri Kurli

    We need to make cap room. Klef and Larsson are good young defenseman on value contracts. I truly believe Klef will have a good bounce back season. Sekera at 5 or 5.5 million (can’t remember the exact number) is the one that needs to go. Coming back from an injury like that is tough but his presence has been non existence. It sounds like the Oil are going to go after a number 1 D and Sekera is the one that has to go. Russell is also high at 4 million per but he’s doing the dirty work out there. Sekera is averaging about a point every 10 games and isn’t exactly a defensive rock in his own end.

  • CMG30

    Chirelli backed the Oil into this corner by intentionally losing trades on some of his biggest chips. Unless you find a GM as dumb a Chirelli, the only way you can plug the major holes now is to blow another major hole in the roster. If this team moves another player of massive value like RNH, it cannot be for bits a pieces. A better player must be coming back. So good luck with that.

    Job 1 in fixing this team needs to be finding a backup who can push Talbot if he starts slow again. Job 2 needs to be to find hard working bottom 9 players who can succeed on the PK. Once those two items are taken care of, this team will challenge for the playoffs. If you want to challenge for the cup… our brilliant GM has already blown the assets and cap space needed for that.

    • Stack

      I agree but I would prioritize our needs as 1) backup goalie 2) offensive D-man for pp. The PK is looking better I think they really missed Sekera on both special teams units. Also PK will get better with better goaltending.

  • Stack

    So it sounds like the rational thing to do is sit pat sign cheap supporting players and develop our young players, but Chiarelli, desperate to keep his job will do the exact opposite…..maybe they should just fire him at the end of the season?

    • Arfguy

      The Oilers seriously need to game-plan standing pat and building through the draft. I hate to say it, but if I read correctly, Chiarelli was responsible for players like Bear, Safin, and Jones. If that’s the case, the Oilers (if they don’t fire Chiarelli) need to tell him to stand pat. Learn how to develop your young players, Oilers! Seriously!

  • HardBoiledOil 1.0

    can’t wait to see how Chia screws us at the draft ! prepare to see Nuge, Klefbom and out 1st rounder, likely around #5 to #7, all get traded. can’t wait to see the crap players he turns those assets into ! 😀

  • Arfguy

    I shudder at the thought of trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom. Having said that, if RNH is to get traded, this year is not the year. Not even this off-season. If the Oilers want returns, a guy like RNH should fetch you a really good roster player, a first and a couple of second rounder. I don’t care if they make a 3-way trade or if it’s team to team. Look at what Colorado was able to put together for Matt Duchene. Samuel Girard and a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd…plus some other pieces. My job is not on the line, but Peter Chiarelli would be a fool to trade RNH now. RNH came off an injury and has played about 17 less games than Duchene. Despite that, RNH has 1 less goals and 8 points less than Duchene.

    Do not trade RNH unless your plan is to trade to Colorado for someone like Tyson Barrie, a prospect and a couple of 1st rounders. Do not let Chiarelli make a trade, until he sees a team over-valuing what the Oilers are giving up and willing to overpay.

    If Oscar Klefbom has to go to make some cap space, you will need to play him next year, let him get really hot and then get someone like a Vincent Trocheck and even then, you want Florida to overpay.

    They need to seriously consider what the buyout cost would be for Lucic. I say if buying out Lucic means that you have to eat $3 million of his $6 million dollar AAV, I say do it. The man is beyond useless!

        • OriginalPouzar

          No they aren’t – any player can be bought out.

          There is no point in buying out Lucic though as, due to the fact the majority of his contract is made up of signing bonuses (which cannot be bought out), there is almost no cap savings – we still have a $5M plus cap hit every year of the initial term of the contract.

          The buyout structure on the Russell contract is actually very good and the cap hit during the initial term is around $1.1M almost every year except for one year where its $3.5M (which happens to be the year the CBA is up and there is potential labor stoppage).

      • crabman

        You can buyout a NMC. All a no move clause is, not only can you not trade the player you also can’t send them to the minors ( A player sent to the minors saves you around $1M on cap hit everything else goes against the cap ). You can buy out a player with a NMC but the way Lucic’s contract is set up with signing bonuses and annual pay compared to actual cap hit the amount saved by buying him out wouldn’t be worth doing.

        This is what a Lucic buyout looks like;
        2018-19 save $2.76M cap hit $3.23
        19-20 save $2.26M cap hit $3.73
        20-21 save $.266 cap hit $5.73
        21-22 save $1.76 cap hit $4.23
        22-23 save $.266 cap hit $5.73
        23-28 cap hit $.733

        All numbers from capfriendly.com

    • The Whispererer

      Unfortunately, much of Lucic’s AAV is in the form of bonuses so a buyout yields some pretty ugly Cap numbers.
      Year 1 $3,233,333
      Year 2 $3,733,333
      Year 3 $5,733,333
      Year 4 $4,233,333
      Year 5 $5,733,333
      Years 6 thru 10 $733,333

  • Serious Gord

    Been saying this for sometime now: the oil are screwed.

    The only hope is that all of the key players who have had miserable years this season bounce back: Klefbom, Lucic, Larrson, sekera and talbot.

    the cap room is so dear unless Chai can unload RNH for a massive return he will have to work on building depth cheaply and that’s about it.

    Next season is pretty much a write off with a hope of going a couple of rounds in the playoffs until next year when the likes of yamamoto mature.

    the only real substantive change chia can achieve is massive change in the assistant coaching and both amateur and pro-scouting. That’s an area where there is no cap and the improvement can be enormous and almost immediate.

    • Arfguy

      This is good. I think OilersNation needs to brace for potentially another couple of rough seasons. I like the chances of Klefbom, Sekera and Talbot bouncing back. I really do think this season will end up being the worst of their respective careers.

      I think the Oilers need to strengthen their farm system and need to address the coaching staff, at both the NHL and AHL level. There is zero excuse for McLellan to keep playing Lucic and Cammalleri on the top two lines, when it costs the development of younger players. The PK and PP were awful this year, so that will need to have a serious look. I think a healthy Sekera and Klefbom will re-invigorate the powerplay. If Bear makes the team next year, that I like our chances of having a better season on defence and powerplay. The penalty kill is something I do not have any clue as to how to fix.

      Again: do not trade RNH or Klefbom unless the returns are massive and certain. Bring back players like Slepyshev and Strome, but do not give them massive salaries. Someone like Strome is worth $2 AAV for 2 years. Same with Slepyshev. If they ask for more, let them go.

    • RJ

      I’ve been saying this for a while but it wouldn’t kill the Oilers to be pursuing Free Agents from Europe.

      Of course, when you read that Puljujarvi didn’t even get enough support to acclimate to North America until this year, the Oilers probably don’t have the credibility to attract quality free agents overseas.

      • Joy S. Lee

        You’re right, and I couldn’t believe it when I heard that, either. The Oilers, as an organization, have continually displayed a flair for incompetence and shooting themselves in the foot. They are and have been the laughing stock of the NHL for too long now. They have no vision, and lack the required awareness to bring them back to elite status… and things like not teaching your #3 overall draft pick to speak English before he arrives are the subtle little things that make all of that clear. Beyond a lacking understanding of player value in the MODERN game, these bonehead mistakes are what make me cringe.

    • Fred Nation

      Agreed. Best decision is to start thinking long term. Get rid of Chia – he has absolutely trashed this team with poor decisions, acknowledge that team is in short term misery, hire someone good who does not have Chia’s knack for trading skill for poor return, and hope. My only hope for the next few years is McDavid and what a difference he alone may be able to add to players development. We are in a mess.

    • No matter what Chia does, fans will want him gone. Fans want Tambo back as Tambo fired coaches every season and the key reason for the mess to begin with. The contracts given to Hall and Eberle were given by Tambo but certain people blame Chia for it. Good grief.

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    The Curse of Oiler Island will continue until 7 number one draft picks are traded. I read about it in Readers Digest when a was a young boy. There have been several attempts to dig up late round draft picks but the hole keeps flooding with incompetence.

  • Not McDavid's Fault

    We have are key players and have to be patience and build around them. We tried to trade are way to a cup and it got use this team. We can’t just trade are way out of this mess in one season. We need to be patience and build thru the draft and if we trade n
    Nuge,Klefbom, a young winger we wait tell he get the best deal possible that fixes multiple holes. Instead of the Pete addition by subtraction theory which is not replacing one problem for another. If done right next year we can be pushing for a wc spot and in a few years we can try for few cup runs.

    • Big Nuggets

      You want to learn about the word ‘our’. I guess English is not your first language so I not blaming you. But its confusing to read ‘are’ in place of ‘our’

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    If the oilers draft in the top five PC would be crazy to trade it. Look at all the first rounders ripping it up this year. I would rather wait one year for a contract controlled player to mature than trading it for some ageing role player. Geez

      • RJ

        No offence Gord, but I have heard this argument every year for the past 8-10 years. Can’t draft RHD because we can’t wait for the Development, and 10 years later they still have no established homegrown RHD of note.

    • Joy S. Lee

      You make a valid point… today’s kids are READY for the pro game like never before. Trading cheap picks that are the best value in hockey is completely opposite to what an opportunity to build around a gem like #97 offers. I’ll double-down on your “Jeez” and throw in the keys to my car.

  • Crakupov

    I might be a contrarian here but I wouldn’t change too much. I would change the special teams coaches and if you get better goaltending, an average powerplay and an average penalty Kill this team makes the playoffs. This year has been a season of bad luck and under performance. I would try to sign Maroon in the off season, pick up some more depth for bakersfield and if another good free angent winger comes up I would try to sign him. This team is not a decade of Darkness team they are very close to being a competitive club. Special teams and goal tending are the only areas that need tweaking.

    • Fred Nation

      Chia has zero credibility in making trades based on his history. I can’t believe how much I am turning on this team after 30 years. Worst I have felt about the team, and there have been lots of low moments.

  • crabman

    I think the only way you don’t trade Nuge or Klefbom is if the plan is to stand pat on D. After next year Russell and Sekera both only have MNTC allowing them to be moved and freeing up as much as $9.5M. However with Chiarelli on the hot seat I see him taking a run at Carlson on D in FA and when he signs somewhere else Chiarelli will trade Nuge to Carolina for Faulk. Then Move Klefbom for help on the wing, maybe a Saad from Chicago as they look for help on D with longterm contract stability. And add another winger in FA, maybe a Grabner.

    Chiarelli will preach patients and following the plan and when his 1st move falls through he will panicky and make knee-jerk decisions like when he missed out on Hamilton and then traded for Rienhart.

    • Arfguy

      We seriously need a back-up goalie. You know what kills me? Watching other teams benefit, while the Oilers are languishing. I look at Vegas. No doubt they’ve put together a really good team and maybe some of their season bright spots could be one-and-done, but this is what really annoys me:

      Vegas has a starting goalie of Marc-Andre Fleury’s calibre. Given their goalie depth, VGK trades away Calvin Picard. Sure enough, MAF gets injured, so Vegas scrambles to bring up Oscar Dansk. Oscar Dansk plays decent enough to keep VGK afloat while McPhee goes out and gets Malcolm Subban. Oscar Dansk gets injured so it’s up to Maxime Legace to keep VGK afloat and sure enough, he does a pretty good job. Subban comes in and helps with goaltending until MAF comes back. In the entire time VGK was going through all the goalie injuries, they hardly had a bad game where goaltending completely blew up in their face (yes, I am definitely excluding that one-off game against the Oilers).

      The Oilers haven’t had a back-up that was able to do anything. I’m sorry, but Al Montoya is not the answer as a back-up. I thought for sure Laurent Brossoit would be able to give us a little bit of steady goaltending, given the chance to play but he gave up soft goals at bad points in games when the Oilers confidence in goaltending was already shaky.

      This is what bothers me. An expansion team is able to get key saves with their 3rd and 4th option goaltending and an Oilers team cannot get a key save to save their season. Last night was the first time I saw a great save by an Oilers goalie at a crucial moment. We did not get one of those saves all year.

      We need a frikkin’ back-up goaltender that can bail the team out every once in a while.

        • Arfguy

          No doubt they have a great system. They also put together some really strong players. A guy like David Perron is finding success, whereas he could not find a place to thrive with teams like Pittsburgh, St. Louis or Anaheim (all good teams). That speaks volumes about how well constructed the team is.

          We all see that you still need a goaltender that can provide you key saves at the right time. It is what separates a team like New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. It can be argued that if it weren’t for Frederik Andersen, the Leafs may not be in a playoff spot, which is quite evident with the Islanders. They can score in bunches, but if they don’t get a key save here and there, they aren’t making the playoffs.

          You do need a goaltender that will save your ass from time to time. Teams in the playoffs right now have a goaltender they can trust to bail them out when the heat is on. The Oilers did not have that all year.

    • Dr Dragon

      Chia did get a back up goalie his name is Al Montoya and he is signed for next year. There is gonna be so many good back up goalies available this summer but Chia decided to handcuff himself again and take on Montoya’s contract

  • Rusty Patenaude

    Only a fool would trade away the first round draft pick. Not only do the Oilers have problems with the prospects in the system but they have cap issues now that they have $21 M tied up in two players. They need bargains and there is no better bargain than a high end draft on his entry level contract. Teams who trade high draft picks for quick fix players do not ever succeed. Two words Griffin Reinhart.

    • Big Nuggets

      There are better bargains then high draft picks. Im not clear on the rules but it seems like often the bonuses count against the cap. But this draft sounds like a deep one.
      Its not a ‘sexy’ opinion but I would not make too many big moves. IMO better to wait until we can trade Sekera and Russell than make a knee jerk trade of our valueable assets.

    • Danoilerfanincalgary

      Klef is the only tradeable asset Chia has, nice contract a top pairing defenseman young and he does not have a nmc. We are deep at LHD and everyone else but Nurse has a nmc. Might as well make a sideways trade for a RHD with a good young LHD like Klef. Don’t have to like it but it makes sense. I could see a Yamamoto or Benson making the team next year has to better than what Cagguila and Shlepy have given us. Chia has 3 picks in the third round he can use too. Should be some vets still kicking around that won’t cost much that could help with at least depth.

      • Jofa

        Based on their track record, do you think the oilers can make a sideways trade with Klefbom – an injury prone asset – for an RHD of equal talent? They’d be trading him at his lowest value, and nothing from the Eberle or Hall deals suggest we’re going to win this trade.

  • DonEnrico

    I think I´ll send an email to Bettman so he can contact Chia and tell him that the NHL won´t approve a trade of Klefbom now that I bought tickets to the game between Devils and Oilers here in Sweden.

    Bad business for the NHL if Oilers trad away one of the swedes prior to the game. Klefbom is after all posterboy #2 for Oilers after Connor on all the ads here in Sweden (some guy named Hall is the posterguy for Devils BTW…)

  • KennyG

    Has any other gm over paid players and gave away top players for next to nothing like PC? If there were any someone please post who they were and how long they kept there jobs. Also what was there worst trade and signing.