In what can be the most predictable thing of the summer in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers are interested in Nikita Zaitsev.
Trade discussions will heat up in the days leading up to next weeks draft. Mentioned Vancouver’s interest in Nikita Zaitsev last week. Sounds like the Oilers have some interest as well.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 13, 2019
Unfortunately for the Leafs, Peter Chiarelli is no longer the general manager for the Oilers, but Ken Holland doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to players on expensive contracts for a very long time.
Under contract for five more years at a cap hit of $4.5-million, Zaitsev just seems like the perfect type of player for a new Holland regime in Edmonton. Really starting off with a mediocre bang that will slowly shrink into fan complaints and an eventual buyout.
The Oilers have just over $10-million in cap space remaining and still have to re-sign depth players like Puljujarvi and Khaira to new contracts and think about retaining unrestricted free agents like Alex Chiasson. With all of this mentioned, it definitely makes sense that a team that has missed the playoffs all but one year in recent memory …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation