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Following the Ryan McLeod move, the Oilers will make another trade


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Sam Jones
July 5, 2024  (6:17 PM)
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Following the Ryan McLeod move, the Oilers will make another trade
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In a significant move, the Edmonton Oilers traded Ryan McLeod to Buffalo, acquiring Matthew Savoie in return.

This transaction not only introduces fresh talent with Savoie but also helps address the team's salary cap issues. Prior to the trade, the Oilers were $2.4M over the limit; now, they're down to just $1.5M over. This critical adjustment is part of a broader strategy to manage finances effectively as they aim to re-sign rising stars Philip Broberg and Dylan Holloway.
However, to ensure both RFAs can be retained, Edmonton must further trim their salary cap. Evander Kane and Cody Ceci have been named as likely candidates for this salary cap clearance. With no remaining space for Kane and potential improvements over Ceci, the Oilers are not just aiming for compliance with financial regulations but also for an enhancement in team dynamics and performance.
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The Oilers have already made notable enhancements by adding Jeff Skinner and Victor Arvidsson, boosting their offense. If Edmonton can also fortify their defense, the team could approach what many would consider an impeccable roster composition. The next crucial steps for the franchise include appointing a new General Manager and initiating contract extension discussions with key player Leon Draisaitl.
Considering their recent journey to the Stanley Cup Final, these strategic moves are poised to further elevate the Oilers. Expectations are high that the team will not only improve their regular season performance but also secure a more advantageous position for the playoffs next year, potentially earning home ice advantage, which could be decisive in their quest for the championship.
Oilers may have another cap clearing move coming.
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Following the Ryan McLeod move, the Oilers will make another trade

Who should the Oilers trade, in your opinion?

Evander Kane127.9 %
Cody Ceci7952 %
Both3925.7 %
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