Not much happened in Oilers land yesterday, with most of the biggest stories involving some of their Western rivals.
THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS HAVE SIGNED DEFENSEMAN ALEX PIETRANGELO TO A SEVEN-YEAR CONTRACT!!!!!!! #VegasGoesGold | #VegasBornhttps://t.co/MI6vo45nEy— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 13, 2020
Welp. Pietrangelo is the goods, a Norris-caliber defender who joins the best team in the division looking to cement their position at the top:
But this move put the Vegas Golden Knights over the salary cap, so they had to make another one to get cap compliant before ‘registering’ the Pietrangelo deal:
#Canucks have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Golden Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. https://t.co/ryQs0D8vmU— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) October 13, 2020
Oof. If you’re Vancouver, you’ve got to love replacing Chris Tanev for Nate Schmidt at the cost of a third round pick. Sure, there’s something to be said for Vancouver being so willing to help a division rival get out of jail, but that’s a cut-rate price for a good player and it’s hard to hate taking advantage of it:
Two division rivals getting better yesterday. And the Colorado Avalanche — who are probably having the best off-season of anyone right now — swindled legitimate top four (two?) defender Devon Toews from the New York Islanders for two second-round picks. Oof.
With the Oilers apparently done, it pains me every time other teams do good things. There was a fair bit of that yesterday.
One More Move? (Copper and Blue)
Holiday Hot Links: Monday, October 12 (Copper and Blue)
Up Around The Bend (Lowetide)
VAN DIEST: Edmonton Oilers Have Similar Look Up Front For Next NHL Season (Sun)
What’s Next For The Edmonton Oilers? (Oilersnation)
Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland Hints He’s Done, Are Oilers Better? (Oilers Rig)
Oilers Prospects Poised To Benefit After Offseason Moves (Athletic)