The Edmonton Oilers should be shopping for a third center
- Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal wonders how long it’ll take for Oilers GM Ken Holland to bring in a real third-line center.
- He suggests Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau or Colorado’s Tyson Jost as trade targets.
When Riley Sheahan was signed with the Oilers I said on the record that Sheahan was an excellent 4th Line NHL Center. I was very pleased with the acquisition at the time and still am. But it’s a bit like watching the Mark Letestu movie all over again. They’re just asking Sheahan to do too much. How long before Ken Holland brings in a real 3C? Think a Jean-Gabriel Pageau in Ottawa. Or St. Albert native Tyson Jost in Colorado. The Pageau contract would be dear for the cap-strapped Oilers (cap hit of $3.1m). The Jost deal? The pending RFA currently carries an $885k hit. The Avalanche will have 6 RFA’s next Summer including Jost.
- Pageau is due to become a UFA next summer and could prove too costly for the Senators to re-sign.
- Jost will be among six restricted free agents for the Avalanche next summer.
- Pageau might be easier to acquire than Jost.
- With over $57 million invested in 12 players for 2020-21, they can afford to re-sign Jost.
- Leavins colleague Jim Matheson also recently suggested the Oilers offer up Jesse Puljujarvi to the Arizona Coyotes for center Christian Dvorak.
Sources & Credits: Kurt Leavins, Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal, Spectors Hockey