Mark Spector of Sportsnet talked with Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland and asked what he was looking to add at the NHL trade deadline.
Holland stated, “When you get into the playoffs you need size and depth. You either wear somebody down or they’re going to wear you down,” he said. “You’re always looking at the trade deadline for some size, or experience. Guys who have been there before.”
Holland went on to say, “If there is a player out there who we think can go into our lineup and have an impact more than (just) depth, probably that is something I would look at.”
There have been NHL trade rumors of teams contacting the Oilers on the availability of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He will be an UFA at the end of the season and Holland said, there have been no contract extension talks. With the salary cap flat it could be tough for the Oilers to re-sign Nugent-Hopkins.
Holland went on to say, if Edmonton was to add an impact player, it would have to be a ‘dollar in, dollar out’ trade as they just do not have the salary cap room to trade prospects and picks for an impact player.