LeBrun: Edmundson a Good Fit for Oilers

Back on November 25th, we published an article stating that the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers seem like good trade partners. Back then, you will recall, we mentioned that veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson would be a great fit on the left side of the Oilers’ defense. Now, NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun confirms that indeed, the Oilers are keeping a close eye on the Canadiens’ big defenseman.

In the segment Insider Trading on TSN on Thursday, LeBrun said that the Oilers will be buyers by trade deadline and that they are looking for help on defense. The Insider added that he knows that the Oilers’ brass have discussed John Klingberg and Joel Edmundson, amongst a long list of defensemen they’re keeping an eye on.

Admittedly, the two are quite different defensemen, Klingberg being right-handed and with more offensive upside. He also has a full no-trade clause but starting on January 1st, he must provide a list of 10 teams to which he can be traded to. We don’t know if the Oilers will be on that list. In 24 games this season, the 30 year-old has 10 points while averaging 22:24 of ice time per game. His $7 million cap hit is substantial however, and the Oilers are tight against the cap. Klingberg is also scheduled to become UFA at the end of the season.

Edmundson is different, being a strictly defensive defenseman, a leader and a Stanley Cup winner. He is also much more physical, an aspect the Oilers are seeking throughout their line-up for the playoffs. LeBrun did add that the Canadiens are not looking at trading Edmundson but with their depth on the left side of the defense, he could be expandable. The 29 year-old rearguard has one more year remaining after this season, with a cap hit of only $3.5 million. He has a modified no-trade clause where he must submit a 10 teams no-trade list.

As the Oilers are tight against the cap, and considering that they already have Cody Ceci, Tyson Barrie and Evan Bouchard on the right side, Edmundson might be a better fit as he would immediately become the second pairing defenseman behind Darnell Nurse, ahead of Brent Kulak.

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