The rumor mill is starting to get all warmed up and the Oilers are right in the middle of it.
Dreger just said on TSN in Edmonton that teams have "talked to Boston about the potential of a trade" for Dougie Hamilton.
— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) June 25, 2015
This has got me thinking. Would you trade Jordan Eberle for Dougie Hamilton?
Boston is surely looking to upgrade their scoring and of course everyone and their dog knows that the Oilers are looking to upgrade their defense.
Personally, I’d do that deal a million times over but I can’t see a trade like that being a one for one. I believe their looking to offload a few of their veterans to open up space and their RW is lacking that true skilled scorer. Could Loui Eriksson be of any help to the Oilers?
I have a hard time thinking that Boston would move their soon-to-be no.1 right-handed defenseman but if he’s looking for $6-7 million, that puts the bruins in a helluva situation given then have only $7 million in capspace available and then need to sign 2 or 3 defencemen and perhaps 1 or 2 forwards. They would have to demand more than Eberle. Who would you consider giving up in addition to #14.
On the other hand, if Eberle’s $6 million were swapped for Hamilton’s newly signed deal, Edmonton would be no worse for wear. Problem being, that’s this season. What about next season or the season after when Yakupov’s and Draisaitl’s deals expire. The year after that when Nurse’s and McDavid’s deals expire… Peter Chiarelli will have to get infinitely more creative then than his last go with the Bruins.
But back to what a potential deal might look like. Dougie Hamilton is a top pairing defender now at the ripe ol’ age of 22 and I don’t know any teams that would be willing to lose that unless their return is magnificent. So how about this:
To Boston: Jordan Eberle, Oscar Klefbom, #16 overall
To Edmonton: Dougie Hamilton, Loui Eriksson, and Malcom Subban
I’m not happy to lose Klefbom or Eberle but if Hamilton is truly available, the Oilers have to get in on that.
David Staples had a nice piece on dealing for Subban last month here. With the Bruins signing Zane McIntyre out of college, it could be safe to say that perhaps they’re not as convinced that Subban could be the for them. The Bs, I believe are desperate to rid themselves of Eriksson’s contract and there’s only 1 year remaining on his deal worth $4.5 million. This sort of swap could offer the Bruins a bit more financial flexibility whilst adding a proven NHL goal scorer and a very promising defender, something the Oilers have a few of in their system.
Klefbom is going to want upwards of $4 million per year in his next deal and if Edmonton were to deal that #16 to the Bruins, they could perhaps move that along with their own pick (#14) and other assets to a team in the top 5 and draft Noah Hanifin. The Coyotes and Maple Leafs are taking offers, what about the Hurricanes? Hanifin is a hometown boy and would benefit immensely from the tutelage of Zdeno Chara.
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