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Edmonton Oilers are interested in Ekholm's former partner for free agency


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Sam Jones
June 29, 2024  (8:54)
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Edmonton Oilers are interested in Ekholm's former partner during free agency
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In the bustling world of NHL trades and acquisitions, the spotlight shines on Alexandre Carrier, a standout defenseman for the Nashville Predators.

With free agency looming, it seems Carrier's next move might involve a shift to the Edmonton Oilers, a team reportedly keen on bolstering their defensive lineup.
Carrier, a 27-year-old right-shot defenseman, has racked up 217 NHL games, building a solid reputation with his defensive prowess rather than offensive flurries. Not typically seen in the scoring forefront, Carrier specializes in a shut-down role that has garnered league-wide respect. His defensive acumen was particularly highlighted while paired with Mattias Ekholm in Nashville, a duo that delivered commendable results. The 2021-22 season saw Carrier achieve a remarkable +27 rating, underlining his effectiveness on the ice.
The Oilers' interest in Carrier isn't new; they were previously linked with him at the trade deadline as a potential upgrade over Cody Ceci. With Ceci's contract at $3.25M due to expire after next season, the Oilers are contemplating a strategic move. Rumors suggest Carrier could sign a deal approximating $3.25M annually over three years, presenting an opportunity for the Oilers to revamp their defense without increasing their financial burden, particularly if they manage to trade Ceci.
Despite the current absence of a formal General Manager, the Oilers are under pressure to make decisive moves this offseason. Positioned tantalizingly close to Stanley Cup glory, the team's management is expected to pull out all the stops to fortify the squad for future playoff battles. The focus is on Jeff Jackson, the Oilers' President, whose decisions in the coming months could significantly influence the team's trajectory.
Carrier's potential signing is seen as a crucial step in enhancing the Oilers' defensive line, preparing them for sustained success in the demanding NHL seasons ahead. As free agency approaches, all eyes remain fixed on Edmonton's next move, anticipating strategic plays that could redefine their championship aspirations.
Alexandre Carrier will become a free agent
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