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Oilers GM Holland reveals McDavid's input on team trade deadline moves

Published February 29, 2024 at 12:23

With the trade deadline now just weeks away, all teams are gearing up to make moves to push their team through the playoffs and to a Stanley Cup. The Edmonton Oilers are going all-in this year, and recently, Ken Holland opened up about his process around the deadline - including getting input from Connor McDavid.

I can't tell you what's going to happen. What I can tell you is, I have lots of irons in the fire. I have done lots of talking internally with my coaching staff. I've talked to Connor a couple of times in the last couple of weeks.

Really, Holland didn't say much at all to reveal the Oilers direction at the deadline, but it's very interesting to hear he's regularly consulting McDavid on the ongoing assessments of the team around the trade deadline. McDavid could be helping to suggest players to acquire in trade, but also as the captain, could advise what players are important to the locker room and need to stay on the team. It's nearly against hockey culture to have a player have this sort of impact on the team, but when it's Connor McDavid, you have to give him a pass.

With whatever move that the Oilers make at the deadline, it'll interesting to see if McDavid could've had any input into the decision. In recent weeks, reports have shifted from the Oilers primarily being interested in a top-six forward to looking into multiple depth pieces in the bottom six and on defence.
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Oilers GM Holland reveals McDavid's input on team trade deadline moves

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