Oilers Potential Trade Deadline Move With Columbus Blue Jackets

Edmonton Oilers should consider Columbus for trade deadline upgrade: Jenner, Provorov potential targets

Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner
Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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As the trade deadline looms, the Edmonton Oilers should be actively seeking to fortify their roster for a deep playoff push. While many eyes are fixed on the usual trade targets, there's an argument to be made for the Oilers to consider a less conventional route: striking a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The struggling Blue Jackets have a roster with pieces that could address Edmonton's needs. Among them are Boone Jenner and Ivan Provorov, players who could provide immediate impact and long-term benefits to the Oilers' lineup.

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Boone Jenner, a forward known for his gritty play and scoring touch, could inject a much-needed edge into the Oilers' forward corps. His versatility to slot in anywhere from the top-six to the bottom-six would add depth and flexibility to Edmonton's lineup, a crucial asset in playoff battles. Notably, Jenner still has two years remaining on his contract beyond the current season, providing the Oilers with stability beyond the immediate future.

On the defensive end, Ivan Provorov stands out as a one time rising star with a solid defensive game and offensive upside. Acquiring Provorov, especially with a portion of his salary retained, would bolster the Oilers' blue line significantly. His ability to log big minutes and contribute at both ends of the ice would ease pressure on Edmonton's top defensemen, ensuring a more balanced workload and fresher legs come playoff time. Provorov also has one year remaining on his current contract, offering the Oilers a window to assess his fit within the team before committing long-term.

The proposed trade package, which includes Cody Ceci, Warren Foegele, a first-round pick, and a prospect like Xavier Bourgault, offers a fair exchange for both sides. By parting ways with Ceci and Foegele, who have been serviceable assets, the Oilers clear cap space and roster spots while sweetening the deal with a high-value draft pick and a promising prospect.

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A potential trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for Boone Jenner and Ivan Provorov represents a golden opportunity for the Edmonton Oilers to address their needs and solidify their position as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. As the trade deadline approaches, the Oilers would be smart to look at this potential deal, recognizing the benefits it could bring to their quest for the Cup.

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