The Oilers Are Gearing Up To Acquire Star Forward In Major Blockbuster Trade

Published February 23, 2024 at 8:59 PM

As the Edmonton Oilers gear up for the season, their sights are set on beefing up their forward lineup to complement their already potent offense.

Buzz around the league, supported by insights from various sources, suggests that the Oilers have their eyes on a big move: acquiring St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich.

Jim Matheson, a seasoned observer, has noted the Oilers' keen interest in Buchnevich, drawing parallels to their previous trade moves.

Jim Matheson believes the Edmonton Oilers have been scouting, and are interested in St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich. Matheson believes the asking price for Buchnevich would be about the same as what the Oilers paid to bring in Mattias Ekholm last season.

Considering what the Oilers traded for Ekholm, they seem prepared to offer a significant package to the Blues, potentially involving prospect Raphael Lavoie, Warren Foegele, and two first-round picks.

Buchnevich isn't just any player; he's viewed as the top prize at the deadline, boasting an impressive record, versatility in play, and a contract that offers great value.

The 28-year-old Russian has amassed 384 points across 491 games, showcasing his skill on both ends of the ice with added physicality. This season, he's on fire with 22 goals and 46 points in just 54 games, and with a contract at just $5.8 million for this and the next season, he's far from being a mere short-term addition.

The prospect of adding Buchnevich for not just the upcoming playoffs but also the following season justifies the steep asking price.

For the Oilers, pulling off this trade could be the blockbuster move of the deadline, setting them up for a formidable playoff run and beyond.

Source: Oilersdaily
February 23   |   138 answers
The Oilers Are Gearing Up To Acquire Star Forward In Major Blockbuster Trade

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