One pending free agent the Oilers can steal from their Pacific Division rivals

The Edmonton Oilers have the right core and the right coach, but if they can’t win the Stanley Cup this season, they still need to add talent from the outside.
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Trevor Lewis, Forward/Los Angeles Kings

Trevor Lewis is one of the older unrestricted free agents this season, so there is always a chance he could call it a career following the 2023-24 season, especially if the Los Angeles Kings shock the world and win the Stanley Cup. But if Lewis opts to stick around for another season and does not re-sign with the Kings, he’s one player Ken Holland must strongly consider. 

He’s a two-time Cup winner, which would make him a valuable player for a team like the Oilers, who have enough talent to open a long-term window of contention for pro hockey’s most coveted award. If Edmonton takes it this year, adding a player who has seen the top of the NHL mountain would be a bonus, and if they didn’t win, then they would add someone who knows what it takes to reach the sport’s pinnacle. 

Keeping up with the role players theme, Lewis epitomizes it, as he would log nothing more than fourth-line minutes, take faceoffs if needed, and land body checks. Most importantly, he’d be there for a leadership role, and he would utilize it very well. He’s never been a scorer in the 16 seasons that he’s seen at least a few NHL games, but the Oilers are already well-versed in the scoring category.