Oilers attempting to pull off the biggest trade of the season

Cody Craig
February 10, 2024  (11:04)

Oilers GM Ken Holland looking to make a splash
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As the trade talks heat up with the NHL trade deadline less than a month away, a canadian team out west is looking to make a big splash this season for a deep playoff run.

The Edmonton Oilers are looking to acquire a forward to round out their top-six and bring in more scoring from outside of their current top five forwards. Several names have been recently suggested as possible trade acquisitions, but one name is standing out from the rest. It appears that Edmonton could be all-in if one player becomes available. That player is 29-year-old Jake Guentzel. The Penguins forward is leading the way in Pittsburgh alongside his captain and long-time superstar Sidney Crosby.
Guentzel, a superstar in his own right has two 40-goal seasons in the NHL and has put up twenty or more goals in every season minus his rookie season. The majority of his career assists are primary assists and he has put up 45+ points in every season besides his rookie season.
The 2017 Stanley Cup winner is a very consistent offensive player who excels at both finishing and playmaking, something that would help round out the Edmonton Oilers offense. Edmonton is hoping to acquire an offensively gifted forward ahead of the trade deadline to allow them to run four solid lines that can contribute in all three zones.
For the Oilers to acquire a top forward such as Guentzel, it will most definitely cost a pretty penny. Pittsburgh could easily ask for a first round pick and a top prospect as the starting point of a trade. Luckily for Edmonton, they have a first round pick this year and a top prospect who is excelling with their affiliate team.
Philip Broberg, a 22-year-old Swedish defenseman and a former top-10 pick, is currently having a solid season with the Bakersfield Condors. The young left shot defenseman is playing on average twenty-five minutes a night and is improving more every game this season.
If the Oilers are looking to go all-in and push for a Stanley Cup this season, nabbing Guentzel would certainly be considered an "all-in" move. The Oilers already have a ton of firepower in McDavid, Draisaitl, Kane, Nugent-Hopkins and others. Adding a Jake Guentzel to the mix would likely rocket them into Stanley Cup favourites consideration.
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Oilers attempting to pull off the biggest trade of the season

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