REPORT: Oilers Officially in Discussion to Acquire a Defensemen

Published February 27, 2023 at 12:37

As the NHL trade deadline quickly approaches on March 3rd, Edmonton Oilers' General Manager Ken Holland has been relatively quiet thus far. While the team has been rumored to be interested in acquiring Jakob Chychrun, Holland's main focus currently appears to be on acquiring a defenseman from the Nashville Predators.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Oilers and Predators are in discussions about veteran defenseman Mattias Ekholm. While Ekholm has three years remaining on his contract with a $6.25M cap hit, he is known for his defensive prowess and ability to contribute offensively when needed. Many Oilers fans are comparing him to Oscar Klefbom, a familiar name to the team.

Interested to see how big/small Nashville's next trade will be. Sources say the Oilers and Preds continue discussions on veteran Dman Mattias Ekholm. Among the options Ken Holland is grinding away on with the deadline looming.

However, Ekholm has been dealing with some injuries over the past few seasons, which may make him a risky acquisition for the Oilers. Nevertheless, Holland seems to be actively pursuing the possibility of bringing Ekholm to Edmonton. Other teams, such as the Los Angeles Kings, have also been linked to Ekholm.

As the deadline approaches, it remains to be seen whether Holland will make any significant moves to bolster the Oilers' lineup.

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