ABNuck Posted January 21, 2022 Share Posted January 21, 2022 So, what is wrong with the Edmonton Oilers? Oh, let me count the ways... In my opinion, the single biggest problem with the Edmonton Oilers is their mismanagement of numerous #1 overall picks (well documented, no need to go into it here). But the single largest mismanagement has been the trade value of the face of the NHL, Connor McDavid. The NHL has 5 current "high value market" teams that represent the NHL market on a global scale: Toronto, New York, Boston, Los Angeles & now Las Vegas...and I believe that McDavid should be playing for one of them. Forget LA and LV...I don't want McDavid in our Conference. Toronto has the pieces to make a trade but would gain very little in doing so (ie/ McDavid is less valuable to them than the other 2). So that leaves NYR and BOS. I feel like NYR is headed in the right direction, and any pieces they send back would leave them in Cap hell (where the Oilers are now), so by default, we have the Bruins. Here's the proposal: TO BOS #97 and his 14.25m cap hit TO COILERS Swayman (their new starting goaltender project) Carlo (new top pair Nurse / Carlo) DeBrusk (hey, we figured he was headed there all along anyways) Coyle (gotta make space for their new Centre who will replace Bergeron as captain and face of the franchise) 2022 1st Heck of a haul for Edmonton, heck of a giveaway for Boston. Edmonton slides Draisaital to 1C, Coyle & RNH slot into 2C & 3C In one move the Oilers fix multiple issues (Starting G, weak Defence, lack of scoring depth and 3C issues) Bruins get the new Captain and face of the franchise for the next 1/2 decade + and they retain a formidable top 6 (McDavid, Hall, Marchand, Bergeron, Pastrnak and room for one of their up and comers like Senyshyn to take a top 6 spot). Anyways, seems like a win-win. Not many teams in the NHL would have what it takes to pry McDavid free (cap space and players / picks / prospects) but this should get the deal done. OK...other than the obvious argument that Holland would be run out of town if he ever traded McDavid...flame away... 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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