NHL Rumors: Oilers Could Make Big Splash At Trade Deadline

The Edmonton Oilers are generating significant buzz ahead of this year's trade deadline, fueled by insights from hockey analyst Lyle Richardson and The Athletic's Allan Mitchell.

With a resolute "win-now" mentality and a roster led by star players like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers appear poised to make a substantial move, reminiscent of their headline-grabbing acquisition of Mattias Ekholm in a previous deadline.

In that deal, the Oilers acquired defenseman Mattias Ekholm and a 2024 sixth-round pick. In exchange, the Nashville Predators received defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Reid Schaefer, a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

Mitchell's trade strategy suggests a willingness to package a first-round pick alongside promising prospects like Philip Broberg or Dylan Holloway and a key roster asset like Warren Foegele.

This package could be the key to securing much-needed reinforcements, particularly in their defensive core, with names like Calgary Flames' Chris Tanev and Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Walker being potential targets, according to Mitchell.

Additionally, the Oilers are eyeing the goaltending market, with Mitchell linking options such as James Reimer from the Detroit Red Wings or Daniel Vladar from the Flames on their radar.

As the trade deadline approaches, the hockey world will have a close eye on the Oilers to see if they can indeed make a splash in the trade market to significantly improve their chances for their first Stanley Cup win since 1990. Photo Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports