Oilers allegedly want to poach top Flyers star

Is Ken Holland gearing up to make a deal?



The Edmonton Oilers are now officially in the offseason following their Round 2 Stanley Cup Playoffs loss to the eventual Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights, bringing an end to a historically potent offensive season that saw not only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl easily eclipse the 100 point mark, but also becoming the first NHL team since the mid 1990's to feature three 100 point scorers thanks to a career year from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Right now, it feels as though pressure is building on Oilers general manager Ken Holland to try and maximize the window of opportunity that exists for the franchise while both McDavid and Draisaitl are under contract; there are those who fear that one or perhaps even both of them could look to skip town when it comes time for their next deal if the Oilers don't win a title soon.

And according to Kurt Leavins of The Edmonton Journal, one such acquisition that Holland could be looking to make would be bringing in top Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny. 

Leavins writes:

"There will be many examples surface this Summer of Oilers General Manager Ken Holland kicking tires on a player. To me, Holland is not doing his job if he doesn’t do that. But it does not mean that each inquiry is a serious trade possibility. Example: The Philadelphia Flyers are open for business this off-season. And a contact of mine with connections to the player reports that the Oilers are one of the teams that has reached out to ask about Travis Konecny. There is lots to like about the speedy, versatile, competitive forward with lots of finish. Konecny has just one year left after this season on a relatively economical $5.5m cap hit, and the London, Ontario native would probably not be averse to signing long-term North of the border. Konecny would be a true Top-6 prize for Edmonton. We shall see if there is any fire from that bit of smoke."

Konecny was Philadelphia's top selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, and led the team in scoring this season with 61 points in 60 games, just above a point-per-game average. He also has two years remaining on his current contract at a reasonable $5.5 million cap hit.