Waking Up With The Edmonton Oilers: Yesterdays Trade And Game Tonight

Yesterday was a big day for the Edmonton Oilers as they made their first trade. Plus they face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway (55) scores a goal
Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway (55) scores a goal / Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

It was an exciting day for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans yesterday as they made their first trade of deadline season(deal details below). In my opinion, this move has only made the Oilers a better team. They added forward depth all without removing a player from their gameday roster.

From a fan perspective, I hope that the Oilers are not done with the trade market. I assume that they will still be looking to add at least a veteran defenseman. While I would love to see them add a top 6 forward, like Pavel Buchnevich, I just don't think it is in the cards. The cost would be too high and they would have to move a player from their roster to get a deal like that done.

If the Oilers look to bring in a 6/7 defenseman they could still possibly fit him in the lineup and not have to move anyone from the team or down to the minors. According to PuckPedia the Oilers could still fit a player with an annual cap hit of $1.22M if the trade was made on Friday. If the other team retains 50% that is a total cap hit of $2.44 million which could be a decent player.

There have been a lot of trades around the Pacific Division the last few days, so I wonder if that has changed the outlook of what the Oilers will be doing. Either way, I am glad that the Oilers did make at least one move to improve their team.

Edmonton Oilers VS Columbus Blue Jackets

As fun as it is to focus around the craziness that is the trade deadline the Edmonton Oilers do still play a game tonight. They roll into Columbus after playing a solid game against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, that being said they did just beat the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3 on Monday so you can't take it easy on them, but this game should be a win for the Oilers the way they are currently playing.

The Edmonton Oilers have won 5 in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. They still have hopes of catching the Canucks who sit atop the Pacific Division. The Oilers are 9 points back with 4 games in hand. The gap is not insurmountable, but it will require the Oilers to win a majority of their games if they want a chance to catch up.

NEXT. NEXT. Oilers Lines With Adam Henrique and Sam Carrick. dark

We don't know right now if Henrique or Carrick will be in the lineup tonight, but we should find out if they will be at some point today. It would be a fast turnaround, but one that would be doable. They will for sure be available this weekend though.