Trade Rumor: Edmonton Oilers To Add Big-Name Goaltender At Deadline

The Edmonton Oilers are once again being linked to more NHL goaltenders. According to Jonathan Willis of The Athletic, it's more than likely that the Oilers will upgrade in net before the trade deadline. With that, he noted that Marc-Andre Fleury and John Gibson are two very likely candidates.

Earlier this week, we reported that the Oilers have interest in Joonas Korpisalo. Korpisalo isn't a bad goaltender in the slightest, but Fleury or Gibson would be even better for the team.

Fleury was just traded to the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, but with how poorly they are playing, he may be open to a move again. They currently have a disastrous 0-6-2 record and have a huge hole to climb out of if they want to make the playoffs. Fleury has also struggled with the Blackhawks thus far, as he has a 0-4-0 record, 5.75 GAA and .839 SV%. However, he also is coming off of a Vezina Trophy winning season, so he absolutely should turn it around.

Gibson would be the better long-term option for the Oilers, but also would cost them a lot more. Willis noted that a deal involving Mikko Koskinen, Kailer Yamamoto, first-round pick and top prospect could get the Ducks to bite. Gibson is 28 years old and has six years left at a $6.4 million cap hit. They would have the goaltending position solved for a long time by adding him, so giving up a lot for him would ultimately be worth it.

We will have to wait and see if one of these two end up in Edmonton by the end of the season.

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