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Oilers Have Specific Plan Heading into 2020-21 NHL Trade Deadline

The Edmonton Oilers have a plan heading into this year’s NHL Trade Deadline and it should be interesting to see if it works.

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TSN’s Darren Dreger said during the DFO Hockey Rundown podcast that he doesn’t see the Edmonton Oilers as a team that will be all that active at this year’s trade deadline. That said, he believes — and the rest of the panel agreed — that general manager Ken Holland has a plan heading into the April 12th date and he could pull of a last-minute deal.

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None of the TSN Insiders who were part of the trade discussion focused on the Canadian teams this season believed that the Oilers would be active over the next few days. In fact, Dreger said he would be shocked if Holland does more than have a couple of quick conversations. The real work begins on April 9th, 10th, 11th.

The reason they believe so is that Holland has no desire (or wherewithal) to pay a premium for any player. That includes depth center Luke Glendening, who the Oilers have been connected to in trade deadline talks. Dreger notes that If the Oilers make a move, it won’t likely be until the final days of the deadline.

Pierre LeBrun chimed in and said that last year’s deadline was a learning lesson or Holland. When he made a move to land Andreas Athanasiou and overspent, it told the GM that this was not the best plan for 2021-22. There’s no reason to move assets if you can wait and land a player for cheap on the final day of the deadline and the Oilers can’t really afford to move anything, since their only real draft trade chip is a fourth-round pick.

Oilers Still Interested In Glendening, But There’s a Catch

Frank Seravalli did suggest the Oilers will still be interested in Glendening, but what might be the deal breaker in a trade is that the Oilers would like to know Glendening is willing to extend his contract on a two or three-year term. If Edmonton is going to give up assets to land the faceoff specialist, they’d like to get more out of him than just a handful of regular season games and some playoff appearances.

Essentially, Seravalli notes that the Oilers would like to justify the cost of acquisition.

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