Last weekend they were booed wildly in their home rink after their 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Tonight, Viktor Fasth was scored on from the neutral zone. It’s not a secret the Edmonton Oilers are bad.
Earlier this week the team cut ties with goaltending coach Fredric Chabot and with the way things are going, that won’t be the last organizational or roster move that the franchise makes during this awful stretch.
So now the speculation begins as to how long Dallas Eakins will hold his current position behind the bench and what player is being shopped where. Here’s my take on one of the rumor’s.
Tonight, Aaron Ward of TSN tweeted that Edmonton brass has interest in making a move with an also-struggling Columbus. In case you were unaware, Buffalo, Columbus and Edmonton are all currently tied with an NHL-worst 14 points. Specifically, Ward mentioned the Oilers shipping left winger David Perron, who played for now-Columbus President, John Davidson and GM, Jarmo Kekelainen when all of the listed were members of the St. Louis Blues organization. Perron was traded to Edmonton in the summer of 2013 for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second round pick, which was used to select Ivan Barbashev of Moncton (QMJHL).
Taking this as a reality, Perron needs to stay. On the left side the Oilers will go with Hall-Perron-Gazdic-Hendricks while Benoit Pouliot recovers from a broken foot. Take Perron out and insert Jesse Joensuu, Edmonton is left with Taylor Hall and three grinders who are accustomed to fourth line roles (at best).
Ward mentioned Edmonton could be looking at Artem Anisimov in return for Perron, which talent wise doesn’t seem off, but if Anisimov doesn’t jump out to you as a player who could hit the decline of his career in Edmonton, I don’t know who would.
Down the middle the Oilers currently rock with RNH-Arco-Draisaitl-Gordon. Arco is the only glaring hole, which is why acquiring Anisimov makes sense. The 19-year-old Drai is right where he needs to be to learn and Gordon anchoring the fourth line (Top 10 consistently in faceoff %) is great for his role. But is picking up Anisimov really worth having to go with three fourth line left-wingers in your lineup? I do not like the prospect of Perron for Anisimov.
More rumors will come as the Oilers continue to struggle.
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