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NHL insider information claims The Oilers are about to deal for a defenseman


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Sam Jones
July 7, 2024  (11:05)
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NHL insider information claims The Oilers are about to deal for a defenseman
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In an exciting turn of events, the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly not sitting back this offseason.

According to Dave Pagnotta from The Fourth Period, the team's brass, led by Oilers president and interim general manager Jeff Jackson, is actively seeking to bolster their defensive lineup. More details on this development can be found through this tweet: «https://x.com/Kgill39/status/1809733242779500647».
The Oilers' current defensive roster carries a significant cap hit of nearly $27 million, yet the drop-off in talent beyond top defenders like Darnell Nurse, Mattias Ekholm, and Evan Bouchard is stark. It's clear why Jackson is keen to enhance the depth and quality of positions four and five in the defensive pecking order. Potential trade scenarios could see Brett Kulak and Cody Ceci being leveraged as part of the strategy to secure this much-needed upgrade
Adding intrigue to the Oilers' offseason strategy is the situation with Evander Kane. Currently sidelined with a severe hip issue, discussions are ongoing about possibly placing Kane on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR). Such a move would free up $5.125 million in cap space, crucial for any potential acquisitions.
The Oilers demonstrated robust defensive capabilities during their recent Stanley Cup finals appearance, particularly noticeable during their stirring comeback in key games. However, enhancing the defensive core remains a priority for the team's leadership. Both Jackson and the incoming general manager are set on navigating this offseason to make strategic improvements, ensuring the Oilers are better equipped for future challenges.
The path forward for the Oilers involves critical decisions and strategic maneuvers. The potential trades and management of cap space
Will be pivotal. As the team looks to build on their playoff performances, the Edmonton Oilers are clearly committed to strengthening their lineup, with an emphasis on shoring up their defense to match their offensive firepower.
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NHL insider information claims The Oilers are about to deal for a defenseman

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