Hello and welcome back to our annual NHL Trade Deadline live thread where I will be spending the majority of my day scrolling through social media and giving you the latest news with a few personal thoughts sprinkled throughout!
The Oilers have been a bit of a peculiar team at the deadline with Ken Holland manning things. He went big in his first deadline here, picking up Andreas Athanasiou, Mike Green and Tyler Ennis in a trio of deals, but he followed that up with a single deal for Dmitry Kulikov last season. None of those players are currently with the club this time around.
The expectation is that the team will once again be pretty inactive due to high market prices and a limited amount of cap-room but there is always a chance something unexpected happens.
The Oilers are looking for an upgrade to their left-shot defenders and a depth forward to help along their bottom-six. If they can squeeze a goalie out of a team that would also be a pretty good bet but multiple reports suggest that Holland was less than enthused about what was available between the pipes.
As for assets that could be dealt, I think we have to include the team’s 2022 first-rounder as well the unvaccinated Josh Archibald, and William Lagessson as the team tries to fulfil his previous trade request.
I’m putting together a bit of a trade bait board that might make things a bit easier as the day progresses....let’s get on with it!
Oilers (Potential) Trade Targets:
Brett Kulak (MTL)Traded to Edmonton Oilers
Arturri Lehkonen (MTL)Traded to Colorado Avalanche
Justin Braun (PHI)Traded to New York Rangers
- Carson Soucy (SEA)
- Calvin DeHaan (CHI)
- Dominik Kubalik (CHI)
Marc-Andre Fleury (CHI)Traded to Minnesota Wild
Cam Talbot (MIN)Staying with Minnesota Wild
- Jake Debrusk (BOS)
- John Gibson (ANA)
- Marc Staal (DET)
Oilers Completed Trades:
To Edmonton: Brett Kulak (D)
To Montreal: William Lagesson (D), 2023 2nd round pick
To Edmonton: Derrick Brassard (C)
To Philadelphia: 2022 4th round pick
1:14 PM — DNB reporting that the Oilers are done for the day. The team acquires Brett Kulak and Derrick Brassard in a couple of depth moves. Thanks for joining today!
1:12 PM — Sounds like a fourth round pick going back in the Brassard deal.
1:04 PM — The Deadline has passed and it seems like the Oilers have one more deal! Pagnotta is reporting that the club has acquired Derrick Brassard from the Philidelphia Flyers. Return is TBA.
Philadelphia is trading C/RW Derick Brassard to Edmonton— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 21, 2022
11:50 AM — Finally Bobby Mac has the trade details!
MTL is trading Brett Kulak to EDM for William Lagesson and a 2nd-round pick. Trade call not yet complete.— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 21, 2022
11:44 AM — Lagesson is part of the package in the Kulak trade.
The presumption is Lagesson is part of the deal that will see Brett Kulak go to EDM from MTL.— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 21, 2022
11:42 AM — Lagesson is gone to Montreal...not too sure if it’s the same Kulak trade.
William Lagesson has been traded from EDM to MTL.— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 21, 2022
11:40 AM — Bob Mackenzie is reporting that William Lagesson has come off the ice at the morning skate earlier than expected....might be another deal coming down.
11:26AM — The return for Kulak has been taking a loooooong time but it looks like at least a 2nd is headed back to the Canadiens.
It sounds like a 2nd round pick going to Montreal. I believe in 2023, but not confirmed yet. https://t.co/xFHfN1gqLy— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 21, 2022
10:31 AM — WE GOT ONE! Frank Seravelli reporting that Edmonton is acquiring defender Brett Kulak from the Montreal Canadiens! Full details TBD
9:42 AM — Spec floating Jake Allen as a potential target..
Not sure if Jake Allen is available, or the cost, but he strikes me as the one goalie out there that EDM might be able to access who would be a true upgrade.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) March 21, 2022
9:38 AM — Could this shake James Reimer loose in San Jose?
9:36 AM — Kahkonen will not be coming to Edmonton as the Wild strike a deal to send him to San Jose.
9:28 AM — Tracy has entered the chat!
Oilers in on Kaapo Kahkonen ….as per Garfield— Tracy Lane (@TreenasOil) March 21, 2022
9:20 AM — I might’ve just got baited by a fake person on that Kahkonen to Oilers hit....sorry everybody I am also disappointed :(
9:19 AM — Oilers could be adding Kahkonen...would be a great move and you’d think Smith is good as gone now...
Sash Sharnaz on TSN 1400: "Kahkonen is likely being dealt to the Oilers"— sash (@sas11h) March 21, 2022
9:15 AM — Minny making more goalie moves...Kahkonen is reportedly on the move...
9:11 AM — WOAH! Marc-Andre Fleury actually ends up getting traded and it’s to Minnesota! An unexpected development and the return seems to be a conditional second that has the chance of becoming a first.
9:06 AM — What?
8:52 AM — It’s been a quiet morning but that is hopefully changing. Washington just acquired Marcus Johansson from the Seattle Kraken.
8:32 AM — Bobby Stauffer with his first deadline tweet of the day
U can never have enough D come playoff time.— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 21, 2022
Logic dictates that the @EdmontonOilers with limited cap space will target likely a LD to give them more depth for the stretch run.
A 2nd round pick seems to be the asking price for pending UFA’s/RFA’s who can play 15+ mins a game
8:27 AM — John Gibson is don't he board after David Pagnotta reports that he may be a name to watch. What an addition he would be to this team...
An interesting name floating around lately: John Gibson— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 21, 2022
Would certainly be a significant deal if it happens, but it sounds like the #FlyTogether will listen. He has a 10-team no-trade list.
8:20 AM — Friedge reporting that the Debrusk contract might have been signed to make him more valuable to teams worried about his high QO...a trade is still in the realm of possibility.
8:18 AM — Some unexpected news out of Boston as the Bruins ink Jake DeBrusk to a two-year extension. Unless it’s something akin to a sign and trade there must have been a change in heart from Debrusk after requesting a trade rather recently.
8:13 AM — Ottawa takes another potential goalie off the market by extending Anton Forsberg...I honestly forgot about him but he wouldn’t have been the worse option out there.
#Sens announce a 3-year extension for Anton Forsberg. 3 x $2.75 million.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 21, 2022
8:11 AM — Looks like Fleury could be headed to Minnesota? That would be a shocker...and it could shake loose a certain someone Oilers fans have some experience with...
Assuming Marc-Andre Fleury is willing to go, I believe Billy Guerin gets this done with the #mnwild— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) March 21, 2022
8:08 AM — Alright, I have my tea by my bedside and I am ready to roll! The Oilers should be involved in every single trade today...right!?