The Edmonton Oilers must improve their team at the trade deadline if they are to be a legit contender in the playoffs. This is what the Edmonton Oilers should do at the trade deadline.
Edmonton Oilers acquire Marc-Andre Fleury, Dylan Strome from the Chicago Blackhawks for Mikko Koiskinen, Kailer Yamamoto, Xavier Bourgalt, and a 2023 2nd round pick. If the Oilers make the Conference Finals, the 2nd round pick become a 1st round pick. Chicago retains 25% of Marc-Andre Fleury's Cap Hit.
The Oilers Get a proven veteran goalie in Marc Andre Fleury and Dylan Strome, who could serve as a valuable 3rd line player; on the flip side the Blackhawks get Mikko Koiskinen, Kailer Yamamoto, a young prospect Xavier Bourgalt and a conditional 2nd round pick, which could turn into a 1st.
Zack Kassian is traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2022 3rd round pick.
Kassian doesn't really fit into the team anymore, so he is traded to the Blue Jackets for a draft pick.
The Oilers also trade Kris Russell, Devin Shore to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 2023 4th round pick, 2024 6th round pick.
This is a win-win trade, with Oilers trading away some players who are taking up roster spots from younger, and more deserving players, while the Lightning fill out their lineup.
Edmonton acquires Christian Fischer, Riley Nash from the Arizona Coyotes for Colton Sveviour, 2024 7th round pick.
The Oilers add some sandpaper to the fourth line, which will be important come playoff time.
Players Traded Away:
cond. '23 1st
This is how the lineup looks like after the deadline
IR: R.Nugent-Hopkins, Z.Kassian
With the changes made at the deadline, the Edmonton Oilers have a team that would be a threat in the playoffs.