Rumour: Should the Edmonton Oilers consider acquiring Casey DeSmith?

Published August 18, 2023 at 10:10 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are hoping to keep their window of contention open after adding Connor Brown and Lane Pederson during the off-season.

The team still has a few holes in its lineup that need to be filled, and one of them is goalkeeping.

They acquired Jack Campbell to be their starting goalie but he has not fared well and has one year remaining on his contract. With a fairly generous cap hit, should the Oilers consider moving him?

When Campbell's bounceback fails, the team may consider sending him to a rebuilding team for a bad contract and assets.

Casey DeSmith was a part of the pieces moved in the trade for Jeff Petry, who was just traded to the Detroit Red Wings and could solve this issue.

It's no secret that Kent Hughes will want to maximize the value of assets to push forward the rebuild of the team, and DeSmith could help.

With a 2.81 GAA and .921 save percentage, DeSmith has spent most of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Despite Campbell's mediocre season, with a 3.41 GAA and .888 save percentage, both players are on the same path as backup goaltenders. With a salary of $1.8 million, DeSmith would be an affordable alternative, making Campbell's contract look unsustainable.

In the meantime, the Oilers may have to swallow a bad contract in order to acquire DeSmith with a 2nd round pick attached to Campbell and Joel Armia.

Even though this may seem like a bad trade, it might be worth considering DeSmith's long-term value.

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Rumour: Should the Edmonton Oilers consider acquiring Casey DeSmith?

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