Edmonton Oilers Rumors: Latest on Forward Trade Talks

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Edmonton Oilers were in the trade market for a forward who plays with an edge. Sounds like these talks have fizzled a bit of late, meanwhile rival executives continue to mention the Oilers aren't a very 'tough' team to play against.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl would likely have something to say about that as the team continues to win hockey games. Losing Evander Kane for several months, and with the departure of Zack Kassian, Edmonton does need some more toughness in their lineup.

The team was linked to Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds and Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Ritchie of late, but to this point neither deal appears close. There's also Philadelphia Flyers forward Zack MacEwen who is available and would bring sandpaper, but it's yet to be confirmed the Flyers and Oilers have connected on any specifics.

In Friedman's recent 32 Thoughts blog, he had this to say on the latest out of Edmonton:

The Oilers were looking for depth forwards with an edge, but have also indicated they think they’ll be better when several of their injured forwards — not just Kane — return. They don’t seem inclined to make a move simply for the sake of doing it, although opponents feel they are noticeably less nasty without Kane

Sounds like Oilers general manager Ken Holland will remain patient, as trade talks continue in Edmonton.

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