We believe it is safe to say that nobody expected the Edmonton Oilers to struggle as much as they have so far in the 2017-18 season. And now, fans fear that this season could go down the drain in the coming weeks with starter Cam Talbot sidelined with an upper-body injury.
Talbot is expected to be out until at least Dec. 14, according to head coach Todd McLellan, and the Oilers backup Laurent Brossoit has allowed five or more goals in three of his last five starts...
Not what the Oilers need at the moment. This is why TSN's Frank Seravelli believes GM Peter Chiarelli might want to look East to complete a trade that could help Edmonton revive this dying season while Talbot gets better.
Seravelli suggests that Chiarielli picks up the phone and give Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello a call. The Leafs acquired Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Tobias Lindberg and a sixth-round pick on Oct. 6, right after he was placed on waivers!
The Oilers could not foresee the predicament they are currently in, but could now at least look to make a move with the Leafs to land Pickard.
"The Leafs, who appear to be in no rush to move Pickard, may not be willing to throw a life preserver to Edmonton before facing them again on Sunday night," writes Seravelli.
BUT, the young goalie has a .933 save percentage in eight appearances with the Marlies in the AHL, and though the cost might be a bit higher than other netminders on the market, he could be the player who can push the Oilers past this slump and hold the fort before Talbot returns to action.
Many NHL insiders have noted that Chiarelli is looking to make a move at this time in the season, and the Leafs might be a very good trade partner...