A trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators may have fallen apart entirely due to the organizational structure of the Senators, and that may be a good thing for the Oilers.
TSN insider Darren Dreger is reporting that the Oilers initially attempted to trade former Oilers forward Taylor Hall to the Ottawa Senators, a trade that would eventually end up being consummated with the New Jersey Devils.
According to Dreger the Oilers and Senators had actually worked out the deal, but because of the hands on nature of Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, the deal was no approved on time and New Jersey swooped in to claim Hall.
"These two clubs came real close to making a pretty big trade not that long ago and just couldn’t get it done, and that trade was Taylor Hall for, I think they finally got to a place where Ottawa was willing to consider Cody Ceci, so it would have been Hall for Ceci, but it had to be cleared in Ottawa through ownership and before they could get clearance Hall got traded to New Jersey for Larsson," said Dreger as per the Edmonton Journal.
Given the fact that Ceci, while still a good player, has largely failed to live up to the huge amount of hype behind him, the Oilers are likely very happy that they got Adam Larsson from the Devils instead. The Senators however aren't likely nearly as happy, and this will be one more reason for the fan base to curse owner Eugene Melnyk for his constant meddling with the team.