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Blockbuster Trade Emerging Between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins

Published October 14, 2023 at 7:23

Goaltending Woes Haunt Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers faced a harsh reality on Wednesday night, struggling with their ongoing goaltending problems. In a stunning 8-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, both Jack Campbell and Jeff Skinner failed to keep the net secure.

General Manager Ken Holland, striving to make the most of the Oilers' championship window with star players Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, is now contemplating improving the goaltending situation.

Jack Campbell, who didn't live up to his $25 million contract in his first season with the Oilers, had a tough night. While the goals he allowed weren't all easy saves, his performance led to yet another benching.

Could Boston Be the Solution?

Holland may turn to the Boston Bruins for a potential solution, possibly considering Linus Ullmark or Jeremy Swayman. Reports suggest that a few more subpar performances from the current goaltenders could trigger Holland to pursue a reliable netminder.

«I can tell you right now, a few more of those from either goalie, and Kenny is on the horn looking for a goalie,» an NHL executive source told Boston Hockey Now on Thursday night.

«If he's getting a goalie, he's getting the solution, not a stop-gap,» the same source opined. «I heard they definitely looked in on Ullmark and Swayman over the summer, so if that's true, Kenny is calling Donny (Sweeney) soon, maybe.»

Exploring Ullmark and Swayman

During the summer, both Ullmark and Swayman were linked to trade rumors, although no deal materialized. Ullmark has term left on his contract, while Swayman signed a one-year arbitration deal, making him a free agent next summer.

The Oilers appear to be evaluating their options for a more stable presence between the pipes.
October 14   |   54 answers
Blockbuster Trade Emerging Between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins

Which goaltender should the Oilers attempt to acquire?

Ullmark2546.3 %
Swayman1018.5 %
Neither!1935.2 %
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