As the trade deadline approaches, talks are intensifying between teams, and we're hearing a lot more information from the top insiders in the hockey business.
A recent report from The Fourth Period connected the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins in what could be a significant trade within the next couple of weeks.
The Penguins are ideally looking for a 3rd line centre. Riley Sheahan may have to suffice as the team's pivot in that position, but if Jim Rutherford can upgrade at the position, he will. He's also looking for another scoring winger.
The Oilers, on the other hand, are selling off, as this season is all but over. Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu are two of the most talked about rental assets that Edmonton has to offer, and they happen to be a winger and depth centre.
While there are obviously more talented options on the market, they may come cheapest, and will fit the bill well enough. Rutherford doesn't have a ton of great assets to give up, so Edmonton appears to be the perfect trade partner.
And this isn't just conjecture on our part.
From The Fourth Period's report:
"While it’s too early to guarantee whether either forward ends up, if moved, there seems to be considerable interest in teams in the East, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have been eyeing both players."
East-West trades are seemingly more common occurrences than in-conference trades, so this lines up with that general trend. This seems like a perfect match.
The Penguins have some B-prospects they could give up along with draft picks.
Maroon has 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 50 games this year - he's coming off a career-high 27-goal season in 2016-17.
Letestu has 8 goals and 17 points in 51 games. He scored a career-high 16 goals last season. He's known to be able to play in most situations, and could be a decent option for Pittsburgh, should they decide to acquire both players from Edmonton.
Source: The Fourth Period
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