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14 Jan 2023 03:34:31
EDM - Kulak, Foegele, Ryan, 2023 1st, 2024 2nd

NAS - Ekholm (retain 1.25M), Trenin.


1.) 14 Jan 2023 06:23:57
So, the Predators, who are just slightly below the Oilers, for the last playoff spot, are going to send a solid defensive defenseman and a solid 3rd line player, for cap dumps and some picks.
Ya, I think if I am Nashville, I just continue on and end up ahead of the Oilers anyways.

2.) 14 Jan 2023 08:32:13
Kulak is a downgrade for sure but he’s also 4 years younger and 3.5M cheaper (2.25M after retaintion) than Ekholm. Trenin and Foegele seem fairly comparable except Trenin is 800K cheaper. Ryan is in for cap reasons but he’s makes 1.25M so he’ll be easy to get a pick for.

This trade would probably make more sense if Nashville slips in the standings a little more. They haven’t been contenders in a while now and could use a shake up. Josi and McDonagh are horses on LD and Kulak can take most of the minutes left from Ekholm. Nashville also gets cap space.

3.) 14 Jan 2023 13:57:20
this is the target you might be able to move Puljujärvi in. add a first and kulak and youll likely have a deal.

4.) 14 Jan 2023 23:00:25
Tkachuk has been a great fit in FLA. No chance they’d trade him less than a year after making a big move to acquire him.

5.) 16 Jan 2023 02:33:52
@ chickenfoot, I think you replied to the wrong trade proposal.

6.) 16 Jan 2023 09:59:33
Yep, you are correct Renidrag ?.

7.) 16 Jan 2023 14:01:33
It was good for a laugh, plus 3 people agreed with you?.

8.) 16 Jan 2023 14:22:42
That IS funny, but regarding Tkachuk, he was a big move for FLA. He's really fit in great, but FLA really needs to fix their D and find some way to get partial cap relief with that gawdy Bobrovsky contract.



04 Jan 2023 18:08:29
EDM - Puljujarvi, Niemelainen, 2023 1st, 2024 1st

ARI - Chychrun

What a trade could look like without having Broberg or Holloway in it. This is more of a quantity trade but also has value with two young players and two futures. Reclamation project in Puljujarvi, young physical bottom pair D in Niemelainen and obviously two first rounders.


1.) 04 Jan 2023 21:50:27
I doubt that does it for Arizona. The mid firsts are nice, but JP sounds like he's heading back to Europe and bottom pairing defenseman are easy to find. I think Zona will look for a first and high end prospect minimum. Reportedly they're asking for more than that from what I hear.

2.) 04 Jan 2023 22:19:36
What about looking at going after Edmunson or Ekholm of Nashville? Would be cheaper?

3.) 04 Jan 2023 22:37:38
I don’t think Puljujarvi goes back to Europe without at least giving it a go on another team. He can definitely have a career in the NHL it just might not be in the top 6.

I think Ekholm would be a really good option too, it’ll just be harder to make work cap wise. I like the idea of getting a top 4 D with term so Chychrun and Ekholm are two good options.

The Oil also have Bourgault and Schiefer as recent first round picks. Bourgault is looking like he’ll be a top 6 winger and probably make the team next year.

4.) 05 Jan 2023 02:13:39
Nice one EBS?.

5.) 05 Jan 2023 14:34:05
I think Edmonton would have to part with either Broberg or Holloway. Something like 1st, Puljujarvi, Broberg/Holloway & Murray makes sense especially since Chychrun's value has been going up alot because of his performance this season.



02 Dec 2022 04:02:17
ANA - Gibson
EDM - Campbell, Niemelainen, 2024 1st


ANA - Gibson (50% retained)
EDM - Puljujarvi, Niemelainen, 2024 1st

It isn’t a very big package but there won’t be many teams looking to take on a 6.4M goalie with a sub 900 save percentage. The Oilers are one of the few. This gives Anaheim an okay replacement that will do the trick for the next few seasons while Anaheim transitions. The buyout cap is low for both goalies as well, if neither work out.




01 Aug 2022 22:22:31
EDM - Barrie

DAL - Hakanpaa

Oil save 3M in salary and get a bottom pair stay at home D. Dallas gets a PP quart back to replace Klingberg.


1.) 02 Aug 2022 00:18:03
Would want Dallas to add a Pick or Prospect, but this helps both Teams, Good Trade Idea.

2.) 02 Aug 2022 04:31:01
Barrie has negative value imo and the big reason why Klingberg wasn’t signed is because Hieskanen is ready to take over the top pp. Suter is solid on the 2nd line.

Huge no from Dallas.

3.) 02 Aug 2022 05:10:05
Barrie is a Great Offensive D-Man on a Valuable Team Friendly contract. He is not a Cap Dump, nor does he Hold Negative Value

Barrie => Klingberg & Suter

Barrie & Suter would both play on PP Unit #2, since DAL only has 6 Forwards with Better Scoring/ PPG Statistics than them


This would be a Very Good Defence for CGY

Graves/ Zadorov-Tanev
Muzzin/ Forbort-Holl/ Subban/ Stralman/ Stone

Would be even better ?.

4.) 02 Aug 2022 05:46:46
Barrie is better than 99% of the D in the league on the PP. Dallas is close to a perfect fit IMO, they want to be competitive and they have a need for an offensive D. They’ll have to do some maneuvering to take on Barrie’s cap but at 4.5M it’s not bad at all. Wouldn’t Klingberg be a good comparison? He just signed for 7M.

5.) 02 Aug 2022 06:07:14
Absolutely, You’re On Pointe @Ebs!

What about adding and swapping Alexander Radulov for Jesse Puljujarvi!?!

6.) 02 Aug 2022 14:18:21
Alexander Radulov plays in KHL. Klingberg is much better then Barrie in his own end and on the PP. teams don’t run 2 dman on PPs rarely ever. Hieskanen is the man in Dallas so Barrie is not needed. Maybe Montreal would take him for Drouin or Seattle would take him for free.

7.) 02 Aug 2022 15:50:24
Barrie isn't as good as some of you seem to think. He's terrible defensively and not near good enough offensively to make up for it.

8.) 02 Aug 2022 17:30:19
Yes, Barrie is an Offensive D-Man. His Play in his own Zone leaves much to be desired, so he needs a Strong D-Partner. That said the Stats/ Facts don't lie. Playing on a Defensively weak Team in EDM:

20/ 21: 8G+40A=48PTS/ 56GP= 0.86PPG +/ -= +5 Blks= 59 ATOI= 21:24
21/ 22: 7G+34A=41PTS/ 73GP= 0.56PPG +/ -= +3 Blks= 73 ATOI= 18:58
20/ 21: 7G+29A=36PTS/ 53GP= 0.68PPG +/ -= -15 Blks= 52 ATOI= 22:42
21/ 22: 6G+41A=47PTS/ 74GP= 0.64PPG +/ -= -28 Blks= 77 ATOI= 22:13

Barrie > Klingberg, especially @$4.5mil vs. $7mil

Other than Michael Stone, CGY's D-Men had a Tough time Scoring on the PP, so bringing in a Guy like Barrie would be very beneficial to their PP. Signing PK Subban &/ or Stone would definitely be the Cheaper & More Physical options

There's no rule you can't play 2 D-Men on the PP, especially when they're just as Offensive as Your Forwards.

9.) 02 Aug 2022 17:50:08
Oops, I meant Denis Gurianov, not Radulov; can't keep my Russian's straight lol.

10.) 02 Aug 2022 18:28:58
He’s not as bad defensively as some of you seem to think. By no means am I saying he’s strong defensively but he’s not bad in his own zone especially paired with a stronger defensive partner. I think I read his in zone play is pretty good but his zone entry defensive is bad. Also he’s one of the top scoring defensive over the past 5+ years or even the past few years.

If my team was in need of an offensive RHD, Barrie at 4.5M would be a no brainer.

11.) 03 Aug 2022 02:47:20
Dallas laughs hysterically.

12.) 03 Aug 2022 03:36:45
Biggest reason DAL would turn this trade down is because Hakanpaa is one of their Top-2 Penalty Killing D-Men. Colin Millers hasn’t played nearly as much PK Minutes so a PK replacement would be required and that’s definitely not Barrie.

13.) 03 Aug 2022 20:23:32
Dallas laughs because there giving up this stud 25 minute a night D? You might not think it’s realistic but Dallas is trading away a player with minimal value.



20 Jul 2022 01:23:05
ARI - Chychrun, Hayton, 2024 1st

CGY - Tkachuk, Valimaki.


1.) 20 Jul 2022 02:08:09
Something like this would be a last resort option if Tkachuk will only sign his 1 year QO and takes a huge gamble on himself to have another great year, because he's adamant about testing the Free Agency Market. It'd not only be a Big Risk on his part, but it's significantly reduce his value for us

We're looking for a lot more compensation by getting him to work with us on a long-term Sign & Trade to the team of his choosing/ desire

Fingers crossed it's with STL who I believe has the best assets, otherwise it'd start with/ be around:
OTT = Norris (or Batherson) + 2x Top Picks/ Prospects
CLB = Laine (or Bjorkstrand + Jenner) + 2x Top Picks/ Prospects
TOR = Marner (or Nylander + Kerfoot + Holl) + 2x Top Picks/ No Prospects Good Enough IMO.

2.) 20 Jul 2022 02:24:27
Marner + 2 top picks? Good luck with that. And lots of rumours about Tkachuk definitely leaving. I don’t think a sign and trade would be likely or increase Tkachuks value. Value might be a bit light, maybe add a 2023 2nd.

3.) 20 Jul 2022 03:14:44
@Trevor the problem for Calgary is Tkachuk has all the power and other teams know that.
They will only get offered less than he’s worth.

4.) 20 Jul 2022 03:58:03
Marner for Tkachuk straight up without an extension, so he could walk away from TOR in a year, sure, fine

Tkachuk with an 8 year contract in place is definitely worth Marner + 2x Top Picks, since Marners contract expires in 2 years and he could walk away from us, which puts us right back in the same position we’re currently in but with an older player, so we wouldn’t be interested in anything less than a couple Two Top Picks.

Also, TOR’s Picks will be late Picks and they don’t really have anything of interest in terms of Prospects that we don’t already have ourselves TBH.

TOR’s definitely not our Best Trade for Tkachuk.

5.) 20 Jul 2022 14:29:13
Matthew isn't little johnny. If he was planning on leaving no matter what he'd be honest about it say so.

6.) 20 Jul 2022 15:16:44
Marner>>>Tkachuk and there is literally no debate. Marner is far better offensively and defensively + doesn’t lose games for his team by taking stupid penalty’s.

7.) 20 Jul 2022 19:40:41
I don't necessarily disagree with you @vbbbvvbb, Marner > Tkachuk, but Tkachuk is $9mil vs. Marner's $10.9mil

So it depends if they want Marner for 2 years or Tkachuk for just 1, saving them $1.9mil in Cap Space this year and $10.9 the year after, so that's what essentially evens their value.

8.) 20 Jul 2022 22:32:22
@Trevor cap is kinda useless cuz you guys can’t bring anyone in anyways haha.

9.) 21 Jul 2022 00:04:50
Right, who wants to play in Calgary!?! It's a Nice City, Close to the Mountains and Alberta offers a Great Tax Rate, but yeah it's not easy finding Players (or their Girlfriends/ Wives/ Families) who want to be in CGY apparently lol.




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03 Aug 2022 20:27:16
Why hasn’t any GM offer sheeted Sandin yet? Leafs have -1.5M in cap space and the compensation for a 2.1M offer is only a 3rd. Would a 3 year @2.1M AAV get signed or matched? Have the salary be in the 3M for his last year to get him a high AAV on his next contract.


1.) 04 Aug 2022 00:35:51
Because Sandin isn't that good.



28 Mar 2022 18:30:25
If Husso is the starter for St. Louis in playoffs, will it cost them a lot to unload Binnington or does he have value? He’ll have 4 years left after this season at 6M. Will they just have to let Husso walk to free agency? I think I pretty close comparable is Driedger and he got 3 years at 3.5M.


1.) 30 Mar 2022 16:06:01
I’m sure Buffalo would take Binnington. Well pretty sure. He has a solid pedigree and hasn’t been as bad as Murray before he was traded.



23 Mar 2022 01:38:29
I’d give Kane a blank cheque with a 4 year term on it. Never knew how good he was until seeing him every night. Maybe one of the most underrated players in the league. I don’t know if the Oil can clear enough cap space but I have a feeling he’d show loyalty and take a slight discount to stay in Edmonton.


1.) 23 Mar 2022 15:07:55
I love Kane and wanted him on the leafs but I doubt he’d take a discount. Doesn’t seem like that type of guy.

2.) 23 Mar 2022 17:27:40
Considering his money situation maybe not. He’s been run out of what 3 cities, if he fits in well in the room and continues to rack up points then I think he will. I don’t know how many teams were willing to give him a shot this season and I don’t think he’ll forget that either.

3.) 24 Mar 2022 00:36:53
Money talks. He’s in no position to take a discount I know I wouldn’t. Business is business Edmonton gave him a opportunity and he showed them that it was the right choice and that’s that.

4.) 24 Mar 2022 14:46:31
Players take discounts all the time. I don’t think they’ll clear enough cap room for him anyways so we probably will never find out.

5.) 30 Mar 2022 16:07:41
He declared bankruptcy a few years ago. He’s not any player. He needs all the money he can get.



02 Aug 2021 00:15:00
Who’d you rather have Hyman 5.5M x7 or Coleman 4.9M x 6?


1.) 02 Aug 2021 03:50:56
I think Coleman is the better player so I’m going to go with him.

2.) 02 Aug 2021 07:57:05
Coleman is better and cheaper.

3.) 02 Aug 2021 16:53:24
Hymans propped up a lot bc he played in Toronto, he's a really good player, but I love the Coleman deal at less AAV and less term so i'd have to say his deal. Both players are very good tho, i'd just give a slight edge to Coleman.

4.) 02 Aug 2021 20:14:45
I’d rather take Coleman because of his deal but I’m not sure who the better player is. Hoping Hyman can at least live up to that contract for a few years.

5.) 03 Aug 2021 22:27:33
Only reason I prefer Coleman to Hyman is his versatility. Hyman plays a gritty go fetch the puck style and is capable on playing that way on both ends while putting up those points by having good hands.

Coleman is realistically more flexible to play any position and up and down the line up as a two way player who can chip in offensively without sacrificing the defence.

Both are very close choices and would ultimately be based on team needs.



05 Jun 2021 16:23:56
What should the Oilers do in net?

Option A - keep Koskinen (1YR @ 4.5M) and trade for an upgrade at the trade deadline.

Option B - buyout Koskinen and sign a UFA. (Grubauer, Raanta, Andersen)

Option C - buyout Koskinen and trade for a goalie. (Korpisalo/ Merzlikins, Kuemper, Allen)

Option D - pay whatever the price is to dump Koskinen. (1st or 2nd round pick)

Does Konovalov make the team? He’s 22 and had a .923% in his 3rd year in the KHL.
How about Skinner? He’s 22 and had a breakout year in his second season in the AHL.


1.) 06 Jun 2021 01:32:45
No neither of them do. Andersen would be a good buy low option.

2.) 06 Jun 2021 15:12:13
I think Option B. I agree with Nylander on this.
I think Andersen is still a good goalie, and he will have a lot of doubters to prove wrong, he could be a great signing for Edmonton.

3.) 06 Jun 2021 22:39:07
That would be great. I remember one specific oiler fan bashing Anderson when he was signed by Toronto.

4.) 07 Jun 2021 03:20:17
I think there’s a few good free agents out there so that is a likely option. Also with the expansion draft coming there might be a few good goalies available for trade. But I have a feeling the Oilers will stick with the same two goalies until the deadline where Koskinen becomes tradeable.

5.) 07 Jun 2021 15:08:31
Ebs, is Koskinen tradeable though? I see him back in Europe soon.

6.) 07 Jun 2021 15:56:35
At the trade deadline when he only has a couple months left on his contract I don’t see why not. He did have a .917 save percentage last year. I think he’d be a steal at say 2M playing 25-30 games a year.




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25 Jan 2023 17:17:09
I agree UFA’s are likely the trade target for contenders but that doesn’t mean they have more value. Tampa traded for those guys when they still had a full year left on there contracts.




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25 Jan 2023 17:15:17
I wonder why more teams don’t trade guys then resign them the following offseason? Canucks should definitely trade Kuzmenko and it seems like a good fit so there’s a good chance he resigns anyways. Also I say the Canucks take that for sure.




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25 Jan 2023 11:59:09
There in a lottery spot right now.




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25 Jan 2023 11:56:11
UFA’s don’t have more value. They’re easier to trade for and depending on the cap implications might make more sense. Goodrow and Coleman aren’t getting 1st+ from Tampa if there UFA’s.




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24 Jan 2023 19:51:07
In two years they’ll be mostly out of the buyouts and Wallstedt will probably ready. Trading a high end prospect and a first isn’t smart when it could maybe be a lottery pick.





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17 Jan 2023 19:07:46
3 years of saving 3.4M then 3 years of only 1.6M isn’t actually that bad. They don’t really have any expiring contracts so maybe they wait one more season with him?




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16 Dec 2022 23:46:46
He was a bonafide number one the season he signed his contract. He was a stud defensively and was on a 50 point pace. The GM made a mistake signing him to bridge deals then signing him long term after his best season. Should have either got him at a discount early or waited another season to see if he could repeat his 9M performance. He’s still a 2-3 D, top pair on probably ever team in the league though. I agree considering the cap going up he should have signed for 7-8. He’s been bad but I’m sure he’ll get back his game soon enough.




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20 Aug 2022 18:03:11
Dvorak is tradeable. Try to trade Drouin, Gallagher. I think with Caufield, Dach, Suzuki, Slavkovsky that’s a good start to a young forward core. Not sure why they traded Romanov, he and Guhle could have been a good start to a D core as well. Barron could be good but it’s looking pretty bleak on the back end.




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29 Jul 2022 18:26:28
Scheifele, Gaudreau, Monohan, Huberdeau, RNH without looking it up, all these guys were signing around 6M around the same time. All equally impressive first 3 seasons. 52 points gets you maybe 4-5M back then, he got 6.3M because of his potential. 21 year olds don’t take discounts they take what they can get. Those guys you named were UFA’s all proven vets and all overpaid. You obviously know they aren’t comparable to his situation. It was a safe bet on his end and on the teams end.




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14 Jul 2022 20:56:02
Gaudreau and Tkachuk are different situations. They got what 9 years out of Gaudreau and lost him after a playoff run, nearing the end of his prime. Career season for sure but I’d expect him to slowly start declining soon.