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NHL Rumors: Are the Edmonton Oilers a fit for Erik Karlsson?

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t gotten off to the beginning they’ve needed to this season. While goaltending is a matter as Jack Campbell isn’t residing as much as the contract he signed and has misplaced the beginning job to Stuart Skinner, defensively that system isn’t any assist to goaltenders.

That is why the Oilers are prioritizing protection over goaltending. Oilers administration is aware of if they will positive up that place first, goaltending will fall in line. Again you want the save. However, defending the goalies, as now we have seen in New Jersey, permits the goaltenders to play with extra confidence as they aren’t getting barraged with photographs every night time and may make the well timed save that may flip a recreation round.

According to Darren Dreger of TSN on Insider Trading, “the Oilers need a top defenseman. Now, do they get wild and crazy and try to swing for the fences and try to get in on Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks? It seems impossible that they could do that but there are some around the organization with interest.” 

The protection has been a precedence for the Oilers throughout the offseason and it stays to be a precedence as Dreger factors out. With Darnell Nurse and Cody Ceci taking part in an excessive amount of and younger gamers like Evan Bouchard not able to take the following step simply but, the Oilers have to discover a participant they will usher in to bridge the hole.

Adding to the precedence is a participant Bouchard being benched within the Oilers 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night time.

The Oilers protection took a large hit when Duncan Keith determined to retire. Not like Keith was a difference-maker anymore like he was with the Chicago Blackhawks. However, even on the age of 39, Keith nonetheless was in a position to make an impression on the sport.

Was he placing up 40-plus factors? No. But in his closing season with the Oilers Keith recorded 21 factors (one objective and 20 assists) was a +15 and averaged round 17 minutes an evening.

The Oilers might use a man like that proper now. A defenceman that might play on the primary or second pairing, that’s good defensive and may eat minutes. Edmonton would join that in a heartbeat.

Because Keith’s presence is being missed proper now.

Enter Erik Karlsson.

Karlsson is doing this season for the Sharks, what Keith did for the Oilers final season. Just barely higher. He is having a resurgence as Karlsson is lastly again to one hundred pc. Through 29 video games, Karlsson has recorded 35 factors (11 objectives and 24 assists). And whereas it’s early, he’s within the dialog for the Norris Trophy.

As documented on NHLRumors.com, the Sharks are open for enterprise and can wish to transfer on from high-priced contracts. Karlsson is one in every of them.

The query for the Oilers is can they make it work? The Oilers will more than likely need to commerce out gamers like Philip Broberg and Jesse Puljujarvi for starters. In addition, the Sharks is not going to wish to tackle any unhealthy contracts as they’re in rebuild mode. Unless that participant is a UFA on the finish of the season. What the Sharks want are prospects in return.

Not to say the Oilers are going to want the Sharks to retain some cash. And which may not be sufficient. A 3rd workforce might have to get entangled on this commerce only for the cash to work as Karlsson has an $11.5 million wage cap hit.

The large card in all of this dialogue is Erik Karlsson himself. He has a full no-movement clause. So he can determine wherever he needs to go. And whereas Karlsson has not overtly acknowledged he’s searching for a commerce, as he and his household love the San Jose space, he has talked about in passing, if a deal had been to occur he needs to play significant hockey video games with a contender.

Is Edmonton a real contender? Many consider they had been a workforce that might get again to the Western Conference Final once more. Offensively they’ve the expertise too however defensively is one other story. Thus their curiosity in a participant like Erik Karlsson.

With the vacation freeze simply across the nook, the state of affairs between the Oilers and Karlsson is one thing price watching because the calendar flips to January.






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