The Oilers have a made what would seem like a minor trade last night. The Oilers trade the cool moustache man Mike Brown to the San Jose Sharks for a 4th round pick in the 2014 draft.
On the face of it, it is a minor deal but in my opinion there is more here than meets the eye. The Oilers at present sit at 48 contracts; the maximum amount of contracts allowed for any team in the NHL is 50. This move gives the Oilers much needed flexibility for another deal down the road. It also gives the Oilers more cap room, as Brown’s cap hit was $736, 667, though probably not a major component of this deal.
It has been rumoured that the Oilers are shopping for another defenceman and a gritty forward. They also may not be completely sold on Devan Dubnyk though the urgency of making that trade may have subsided with his stellar play in the last two games. This trade could be a harbinger of things to come.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks or months as Craig Mactavish probably has a few irons in the fire.
In other Oiler news the Oilers have recalled forward Ben Eager and defenceman Taylor Fedun.
In an unrelated note, Don Iveson a reluctant champion of the arena project is the new mayor of Edmonton.