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As the days neared as the NHL trade deadline approached, the Edmonton Oilers were sitting real nice. On Jan. 8, the team held a 23-17-5 record and were very much in the hunt for the playoffs.
That day, OilersNation writer Jason Gregor took an early look at what the deadline could hold for the Oilers. That article was the 21st most-read article this year.
The Oilers at the time had $4.13-million in cap space to work with and they were able to do a solid job with it. Gregor made note of 10 players he could see the Oilers acquiring: Chris Kreider, Tyler Toffoli, J.G. Pageau, Josh Anderson, Andreas Athanasiou, Wayne Simmonds, Vladislav Namestnikov, Tyler Ennis, Ilya Kovalchuk and Trevor Lewis.
Edmonton went out and made trades to acquire two of the players mentioned: Athanasiou and Ennis.
It cost the Oilers two seconds and Sam Gagner to bring in Athanasiou, while they only gave up a 5th for Ennis.
Here’s some of what else Gregor wrote:
I focused on forwards as I think Holland is more inclined to add up front than on the backend, unless an injury occurs. That doesn’t mean he won’t look, as I’m sure he’d add a right-shot D-man if it was the right fit.
The Oilers have 17 games before the trade deadline while Vancouver, Vegas, Minny and Calgary have 18. Nashville has 19, Arizona plays 20 and Winnipeg plays 21. With the race being so close, will a team follow in Arizona’s footsteps and make a move sooner, or will they wait to see where they are a week before the deadline?
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