As the NHL trade deadline approaches, the Edmonton Oilers have been busy working their phones and looking for solutions to strengthen their blue line for a playoff push. Following recent rumors, the Oilers are in discussions with both the Montreal Canadiens and the Nashville Predators about potential trades.
The Oilers’ main target seems to be adding a solid defenseman to help bolster their defense. One name that has come up in trade talks is Joel Edmundson of the Montreal Canadiens. Edmundson, who is signed through next season with a cap hit of $3.5 million, could be an affordable addition to the Oilers’ roster.
However, to acquire Edmundson, the Edmonton Oilers may need to give up something in return, with recent reports suggesting that Jesse Puljujärvi could be the player heading back to Montreal. Puljujärvi, who has been with the Oilers since 2016, has been the subject of trade rumors for some time, and the Oilers could be looking to move him to a defenseman who can help them win now.
Montreal, which is currently in a rebuild, could view Puljujärvi as a reclamation project to help them in the future. The young winger has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and if given the opportunity to develop in a new environment, he could potentially regain his form and become the player he was once scouted to be.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems that the Oilers are actively looking to add some depth to their defense before the trade deadline. Only time will tell if a trade with either Montreal or Nashville will come to fruition, but the Oilers are clearly focused on making moves to improve their chances of a playoff run.
Edmonton Oilers’ 2022-23 season so far
Sitting in fourth place in the Pacific Division with a record of 30-19-7 and 67 points, the Edmonton Oilers have a strong chance of reaching the playoffs for the 25th time in their history. They are also leading in the Wild Card standings, indicating a promising future for the team.
The Oilers owe much of their success to Connor McDavid, who has been instrumental in leading the team. He is currently the top scorer in the NHL with an impressive 101 points in 56 games, with 42 goals and 59 assists. If he continues on this path, McDavid is expected to win his fifth Art Ross Trophy at the end of the season, cementing his status as one of the top players in the league.