Oscar Klefbom trade rumors
Will the Edmonton Oilers trade Oscar Klefbom for an offensive defenceman?

Will the Edmonton Oilers trade Oscar Klefbom

Sportsnet: Peter Chiarelli is taking calls on Oscar Klefbom. Klefbom has 255 games of NHL experience, and five more seasons at $4.167 million on his contract. He’s only now reaching his prime, but Chiarelli needs a power-play quarterback, which Klefbom is not. Chiarelli would be open to trading Klefbom for a Torey Krug, a Tyson Barrie or a Justin Faulk, depending on the ancillary parts required to make the deal happen. And if the deal doesn’t work, you retain Klefbom, develop guys like Ethan Bear for a while longer, and wait to see who comes open around the league as the season wears on.

Where will John Tavares go?

TSN: It is looking like John Tavares will test the free agent waters next week and talk to some teams to see what they offer. Darren Dreger reports contract talks continue between the New York Islanders and pending UFA center John Tavares. If there’s no deal by June 25, he believes Tavares could invite ” three, maybe as many as five teams” to make their presentations to him during the UFA interview period. Bob McKenzie reported the Toronto Maple Leafs are believed putting together a promotional video that might include a cameo pitch from several current Leafs. 

Latest Chicago Blackhawks trade rumors

The Athletic: Scott Powers speculates the Chicago Blackhawks could be shopping the rights of all-but-retired winger Marian Hossa ($5.275-million cap hit). With Nick Schmaltz emerging as their second-line center, Artem Anisimov ($4.55 million) could be a trade candidate. To add a right-handed defenseman, Powers feels the Blackhawks must move either Brent Seabrook ($6.875 million), Connor Murphy ($3.85 million) or Jan Rutta ($2.3 million). Seabrook’s big contract and right-handed shot makes him unlikely to be dealt. If they’re able to shed a significant salary, they could have sufficient room to pursue a second-line winger such as Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk or a top-four right-shooting defenseman like Carolina’s Justin Faulk.


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