3 under-the-radar trades that will complete the Edmonton Oilers at the deadline

The Edmonton Oilers are parading toward what we can call an unprecedented playoff run, but they could use another addition or two.

Feb 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard (58) plays the puck
Feb 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard (58) plays the puck / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
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David Savard would give the Oilers an imposing presence

David Savard is a player the Oilers could bring in at a fair price should they instead decide to roll with one more blueliner and if the Montreal Canadiens are willing to retain some of his salary. Savard adds even more experience to a team that has over a dozen active skaters aged 30 and over, and he’s also made a couple of deep playoff runs in the past. 

Experience in the NHL and postseason aside, Savard would also add another asset for an Oilers defense that can potentially rank as the NHL’s best. He’s an imposing player who can still give a contender a spot on the top-four if needed. Savard is also a hitter, and there is a 100 percent chance he will block more than a fair share of would-be shots on goal. 

He wouldn’t come at a cheap price, given Edmonton’s limited cap space at the deadline, but he would be well worth it not only for 2023-24, but also for another potential run in 2024-25 should Edmonton keep rolling next year. Making such a trade would be a win for the Oilers as they are getting another solid piece in the rotation, and Montreal would definitely get a solid return to keep fueling their young organization.