There were rumors that the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings were talking trade earlier in the week, and apparently the two sides came very close to making a deal a reality.
Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman made some very interesting comments during a radio interview on Friday, revealing that a source had informed him just how close the two sides has been on a trade for Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek.
"I heard they were looking at Mrazek last week, and somebody told me after we mentioned it that it was a lot closer than I kind of thought," said Friedman as per Fanrag's Chris Nichols. "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."
The trade in the end never materialized, but it may not have been due to the two sides being unable to determine appropriate value for Mrazek. According to Friedman Mrazek's play during a scouting mission from the Oilers may have turned them off to the deal.
"Nick [Kypreos] 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.”
Red Wings fans will likely be disappointing that general manager Ken Holland failed to flip Mrazek, while Oilers fan will likely feel like general manager Peter Chiarelli dodged a bullet here.