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Edmonton Oilers could trade top six forward to offload salary


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Sam Jones
June 29, 2024  (8:54)
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Edmonton Oilers trade top six forwards as salary cap dump
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In a crucial move to optimize their salary cap this offseason, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly setting the stage for a significant roster change.

Sources close to the organization suggest that Evander Kane, the 32-year-old left winger, might be the key player traded to achieve this financial flexibility.
This speculation is supported by insights from The Oil Rig, indicating that a deal involving Kane could be finalized before the bustling start of Free Agency Frenzy on July 1.
Kane's current performance may have catalyzed this decision. Despite scoring 24 goals and tallying 44 points across 77 games this season, his play has notably dipped, marred by prolonged slumps and recent injuries. These factors notably sidelined him during the critical last five games of the Stanley Cup Final. With a contract that carries a cap hit of $5.125M for each of the next two seasons, and a full no-move clause this year transitioning to a modified no-trade clause next year, the logistics of such a trade are complex. Kane would need to waive his clause, a step he might have already been approached about, given the Oilers' intentions to free up cap space.
Jeff Jackson, speaking to the media, underscored the Oilers' strategy to navigate their financial constraints actively.
Despite his turbulent tenure marked by off-ice controversies, Kane has been a robust asset for the Oilers, contributing significantly during his three-year stint.
This planned move is not just about managing finances; it's strategically aimed at retaining core talents like Leon Draisaitl and bolstering the defensive lineup. Even in the absence of a formal general manager, the Oilers are proactive in making bold moves to reshape their roster for future challenges.
Dennis King, a notable commentator on X, echoes this sentiment, hinting at imminent changes that could see Kane donning a different jersey soon.
Evander Kane likely going to be traded
In the ever-evolving landscape of the NHL, the Oilers' next moves could very well define their competitive edge in the upcoming seasons.
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