What a roller-coaster ride is the 2017-18 season for the Edmonton Oilers. And apparently, so is the trade market. On Thursday night, the Oilers lost 4-0 to the Nashville Predators despite firing 46 shots at Juuse Saros.
The loss of Cam Talbot is hurting them - so much - that Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli came very close to making a trade with the Detroit Red Wings to get some help in net.
“Guys, they just don’t have the goaltending right now. Laurent Brossoit – he’s getting better, but he’s not there," explained NHL insider Elliotte Friedman on Calgary's Sportsnet 960. "I heard they were looking at Petr Mrazek last week, and somebody told me after we mentioned it that it was a lot closer than I kind of thought. I think they’d worked out that Detroit was going to keep about half of the money, and they were trying to figure out the draft pick. Nick told me he heard that he played a couple of games and Edmonton saw it and didn’t like him. And I think that’s true. But I think they’ve been looking for a goalie. They still haven’t found what they’re looking for, I guess.”
The Oilers might be struggling too much to be able to pull off any trade on the market at this point in the season.
“Somebody says to me, ‘Why don’t they go out and get Max Pacioretty.’ I kind of jokingly suggested that earlier in the year. He says, ‘Why don’t they do that?’ I said, ‘What are you giving up now?’ If you’re Edmonton, are you trading your first-rounder? Not a chance!"