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Insider Darren Dreger Reveals The Cost For The Edmonton Oilers To Offload Jack Campbell's Contract


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Samer Dagher
December 20, 2023  (8:10)
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Insider Darren Dreger Reveals The Cost For The Oilers To Get Rid Of Jack Campbell's Contract

The Edmonton Oilers are actively seeking ways to improve and manage salary cap constraints. There has been recent reports they are shopping defenseman Philip Broberg in trade discussions. However, the focus might not solely be on swapping Broberg, as recent reports suggest the Oilers are keen on moving goaltender Jack Campbell and his $5 million cap hit.
According to TFP's David Pagnotta, the Oilers are open to trading Campbell but recognize the need to sweeten the deal. The proposed package could include a first-round pick and potentially another player to entice another team to take on Campbell's full contract. Campbell is currently playing in the AHL and is in the second season of a five-year, $25 million contract, with a 10-team no-trade list.
Broberg's agent, Darren Ferris, is reportedly involved in facilitating a potential move. TSN's Darren Dreger noted that Broberg, whose entry-level contract expires after this season, might be part of a deal involving Campbell.
«He wants to be back into the NHL, that's not likely in Edmonton unless there is an injury, so trade seems the most likely,» Dreger mentioned during Insider Trading on TSN. «But here's an interesting twist, maybe it's not just Philip Broberg for an asset coming back to the Edmonton Oilers, maybe Broberg becomes the sweetener so they could also move Jack Campbell's contract to free up a little bit of cap space.»

The Oilers, currently in LTIR overage space, are navigating salary cap challenges. Any significant move is likely to result in the departure of a roster player. Sending Campbell to the AHL has provided some cap flexibility, reducing his hit to $3.85 million from $5 million.
Oilers GM Ken Holland has been actively exploring the trade market for various assets, including a goaltender, a physical top-four defenseman, and a third-line center since November.
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