According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Edmonton Oilers, more specifically GM Craig MacTavish is again looking to make a trade that would land him a top defenceman.
McKenzie appeared on the TSN regular “Insider Trading” segment and stated that there is concern in Edmonton given the Oilers have allowed 15 goals against in just three games. McKenzie further went on to discuss that MacTavish has wanted to make that “bold” move since he took over the GM position last spring and hasn’t been provided with the right opportunity to do so.
The TSN hockey expert, also known as the godfather of hockey, McKenzie said that MacTavish is “laying in the weeds” and hoping he can get a deal done that would help the team’s blue line.
His concerns are valid. The Oilers blue line has looked shaky at best to start the year, giving up scoring chances from seemingly nowhere simply because of a defenceman out of position or blowing coverage.
But all 15 goals against can’t be hung on the blue liners in Edmonton. Devan Dubnyk has let in more than one softie and he’s taken his fair share of criticism for it.
McKenzie did not mention any potential names but Darren Dreger of TSN did report that Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs could be in play. A result of the Cody Franson signing, the Leafs have a wealth of defenceman and GM Dave Nonis has said he’s not looking to move anybody, but will listen if it’s a serious offer. Dreger did say that Nonis has said it will take a high profile forward to pry Gardiner from Toronto. Seemingly, Dreger added that no “serious” offers have been made to the Leafs involving Gardiner.
Stay tuned as this story is likely just getting warmed up on the hot stove.