Everyone is an expert. Reporters, fans, radio and television personalities alike, everyone thinks they know what makes sense and what doesn’t… or so it seems. When rumours pop up or when speculations are made in the media, all have an opinion and most are as far from each other as can be. Yet, each party thinks that they are right. The truth is that nobody knows for sure except the two General Managers agreeing (or not) on a deal.
Even when those deals are made, you’ll have people happy with them and others who will be left scratching their head, wondering how they will defend the move(s). It’s funny how it goes, doesn’t it? You see, fans and media only know the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the players. They think that they know it all but they are not in the dressing room, they are not in the team discussions and mostly, they certainly don’t know what’s going on in those players’ personal lives and behind closed doors. And that’s where true professionals, the ones involved, are making the tough decisions, sometimes at the risk of making the amateurs mad at them.
Oilers and Canadiens rumour
Ever since the Zack Kassian for Ben Scrivens trade, we hear reports that the Canadiens and the Oilers were working on a much bigger deal and they kept talking up until trade deadline. It’s no secret that the Oilers are looking for help on defense and they have an abundance of good young talent up front, something the Canadiens desperately are in need of. Most “experts” will agree that those two teams are naturals to make something happen that could help solve some of their biggest needs.
It recently got interesting when Marc Bergevin, at his year-end press conference, fell short of guaranteeing that he wouldn’t trade star defenseman P.K. Subban. A few days ago, Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse was on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer on CHED radio talking about the possibility of a trade between the two teams, one involving Subban. Let’s face it folks, as we’ve touched on in a previous article, there is enough smoke in the air surrounding Subban for thinking that there could be a fire.
Godin also believes so:
“As we speak, I’m not saying he’s going to be traded, but I’m concerned that it might end up the case.”
An opinion shared by yours truly. Bergevin won’t give Subban away. He’d rather keep him. But if he can make a hockey trade which would improve his team, and if it means sacrificing Subban, you can bet that he won’t be afraid of the backlash and he will do it.
Another point where MAG and I agree on, is that it would take Taylor Hall and a young defenseman capable of replacing some of the minutes lost in Subban. Godin mentioned Oscar Klefbom and I have mentioned in the past Darnell Nurse. This doesn’t mean that it would be a three player deal as it is possible that this could be a much bigger deal and I can see, as mentioned before, Lars Eller being shipped to Edmonton to take on the third line role in Edmonton. The Oilers will likely trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as they already have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl capable of pivoting the first two lines.
Let’s not put blinders on folks as this could happen. Let’s not forget that Peter Chiarelli is the same guy who had the balls to trade not only Phil Kessel at a young age, but Tyler Seguin as well. When he wants something, he’s not afraid of pulling the trigger and the Oilers are poised to have yet another good draft pick this summer.
I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams aren’t waiting to see the results of April 30th’s NHL Lottery Draft before continuing their conversation, as draft picks could very well be involved. It’s easier to put a value on those when teams know exactly when they will be picking.
But then again, if the Canadiens traded Subban, would it hurt their chances of going after Steven Stamkos?
To be followed…