To say the Oilers are a mess is an understatement. With a current record of 22 wins, 33 losses, and 50 points this season. Once again its a race to the bottom. Peter Chiarelli has a lot of work to do by trade deadline and during the off season. Given the current situation they are going to be sellers come trade deadline day.
The easy and obvious trade is Teddy Purcell. He is a reported 4.5 million a year. Since he goes UFA at the end of the season, its a no brainier to trade him now. There are rumors that the Panthers and the Blackhawks are interested. So, they should be able to find a dance partner.
Justin Schultz has been making the news as well... but for all the wrong reasons. It pretty clear he will not be on the team by next season. He goes RFA at the end of the season.
Then there is a list of other possible trade candidates. Nail Yakupov, Matt Hendricks and Lauri Korpikoski to name a few.
What they need is a solid first parring defense men. If there was any way to make a trade with St. Louis for Kevin Shattenkirk, that would go a long way to fixing some of there blue line troubles.
Plus it is rumored that he is available for trade.
The only player they should not trade is the obvious Connor McDavid. Leon Draisaitl is another keeper. Darnell Nurse, who had two memorable fights with Max McCormick, and Milan Lucic...also worth keeping. Also, the veteran winger Mark Letestu - brings some leadership to the team.
Its a sinking ship.... So come trade deadline day it is anyone's guess how this is going to pan out. But one thing is certain big changes have to happen!