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Oilers Open to Moving First-Round Pick for Player With Term

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland said he’s willing to the move the team’s first-round pick this year, but only under one condition.

Whether this is foreshadowing that something big is coming out of Edmonton, or just a subtle hint that general manager Ken Holland is looking at all options prior to Monday’s trade deadline, a report suggests the GM is open to moving Edmonton’s first-round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

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As per a report by Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic, the caveat here is that he wants a player with term back in any deal and will not consider moving that asset for a rental to help get the team over the playoff hump in the short term.

What does that mean exactly? Well, there are a handful of players on the market that have been rumored to be available and have term on their contracts. Rickard Rakell of the Anaheim Ducks is one. Jake DeBrusk of the Boston Bruins is another. It also rules the Oilers when it comes to conversations about big-name pending UFAs that could demand a high return on the trade market. Someone like Mike Hoffman would be a no-go if the Blues want a first-rounder in return.

That brings us to a discussion about Taylor Hall.

Where Does Hall Fit in this Scenario?

You might be saying… ‘ya, but Taylor Hall is a pending UFA’. That is true, but there is recent chatter that perhaps a trade and sign scenario could be in the works between a team like Edmonton and the Buffalo Sabres. Essentially, the Oilers would acquire Hall if, and only if, he was signed to an affordable extension. That would mean he’s not longer a pending UFA and under term. This would then qualify as a first-round pick moving for a player with a contract.

Just the fact Holland is willing to move a first-rounder opens up the door for a few more options. The key to remember here though, Edmonton would also need to move salary in the deal because they don’t have the cap space to send exclusive the first-round pick for a player with money on their contract. This becomes a deal where the Oilers send their first, plus a contract to a team that might not be getting offers from other teams that include a first-round pick.

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