NHL Rumors: Bruins & Oilers Becoming Potential Trade Partners

Both the Boston Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers find themselves with pressing needs to address this offseason.

The Bruins are in search of a skilled center, especially considering the uncertainty surrounding Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

Meanwhile, the Oilers are in dire need of bolstering their defensive unit, making a defenseman their primary target.

This shared need has sparked speculation that the Bruins and Oilers could potentially strike a deal to address their respective gaps.

The Bruins possess a surplus of defensemen, creating a favorable scenario for a potential trade. Players like Matt Grzelcyk have been mentioned as possible trade candidates. However, the Oilers' limited salary cap space might pose challenges in taking on Grzelcyk's $3.6 million cap hit for the upcoming season.

While the initial focus of trade rumors centered around the Bruins' interest in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, it's worth noting that Nugent-Hopkins recently signed a long-term contract extension with the Oilers and holds a full no-movement clause.

There is currently nothing that suggests he desires to leave Edmonton, nor that the Oilers are actively seeking to trade him.

That being said, someone like Ryan McLeod could become available for the right price.

Given the Bruins' need for a center and the Oilers' need for a defenseman, it remains to be seen if a trade between the two teams will materialize. Nonetheless, the shared needs of a center for Boston and a defenseman for Edmonton create an intriguing possibility for a potential trade agreement. Photo Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports