There is a major rumor that the Oilers attempted to trade one of their former first overall picks.
According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli made a big play for talented young defeseman Seth Jones prior to him being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchnage for forward Ryan Johansen.
Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli offered centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville in a bid to land defenceman Seth Jones.
Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable.
What this means for any potential future trades is unclear, but there are certainly teams who have indicated they are willing to trade defense for offense, most notably among these would be the St. Louis Blues and their extremely talented defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. And we now know the Oilers are willing to move Nugent-Hopkins for the right price.