The National Hockey League's trade season is already over, but that does not stop a pair of general managers whose jobs are believed to be on the line may currently be working on a big trade. First, the Edmonton Oilers have had an extremely embarrassing season and one in which they have drastically regressed from the previous season in which they looked like a legitimate playoff contender.
The majority of the blame has fallen on the head of general manager Peter Chiarelli, who has orchestrated a series of trades and contract signings that have baffled fans and pundits alike. But he may be looking for a way to make it up to the team and fans with an upcoming big trade. According to a report from Sportsnet senior columnist Mark Spector, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been spotted scouting the Oilers in person for the second consecutive night in a row.
Spector goes further by saying that the main trade bait, forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is now auditing for the Senators. Of the player himself would prefer to remain in Edmonton. But if he gets a chance to land a bigger role in Ottawa, then, why not show the Sens what you are made of? The potential deal would be something like this: move RNH to Ottawa in return for winger Mike Hoffman, who has found himself on the trade block since the start of the season, but did not end up moving by the trade deadline.
And the need for a scoring winger in Edmonton is there. No doubt. Oilers captain and superstar Connor McDavid needs a winger that shoots. Hoffman has averaged 222 shots per season and 27 goals a year for the past three seasons. The Senators ending up moving centre Derick Brassard in a complex three-team trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins ahead of the deadline, and that shows that they need to fill the void down the middle even more before the start of next season.
However, Spector wonders:
"But do you ever trade a well-rounded centreman like Nugent-Hopkins for a winger in Hoffman? That’s a tough deal to swallow for Edmonton — unless you get a little something more in the deal and Hoffman comes in and scores 35."
This week Edmonton Oilers team president Bob Nicholson made comments suggesting that things are about to change drastically in Edmonton.
“We have a plan and we are going to get it right,” “There will be some change, but we are not going to make those until the end of the year,” “I think we want to make sure that we get the right culture in the dressing room,” said Nicholson as per Sportsnet.
“Fans will buy in if they can understand the plan once we make the changes.”
So is the plan to move RNH this summer? The reality of the situation is that both Chiarelli and Dorion have to know that their jobs are in serious jeopardy at this stage of the season, and both men have to know that they might not make it to the start of next season if something drastic doesn't change between now and then. Could the two troubled general managers be looking to one another in order to save their respective jobs?
What do you think of the potential trade?