General Manager Ken Holland and forward Corey Perry of the Edmonton Oilers addressing the media
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Insider Seravalli Hints At A Blockbuster Trade Following The Corey Perry Signing

Published January 22, 2024 at 9:46 PM
The Edmonton Oilers are on an absolute tear this year and they have recently added more reinforcements with the addition of Corey Perry. Insider Frank Seravalli hinted at a major trade that could go down now that the depth has been drastically improved.

Frank Seravalli Hints At A Major Blockbuster In Edmonton Following The Perry Signing

Jack Campbell's stint with the Edmonton Oilers has not gone as planned. After a challenging start to the season with Edmonton, he was sent to the minors, prompting questions about the five-year, $25 million deal he received from Oilers general manager Ken Holland in 2022 following a successful tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Upon joining the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, Campbell faced difficulties, posting a 4-6-0 record with a 3.46 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. Although he has somewhat improved with a current 3.03 goals-against average and an 8-6 record, there are still concerns.

NHL Insider Frank Seravalli, on The DFO Rundown podcast, suggests that the recent signing of veteran forward Corey Perry may create an opportunity for the Oilers to potentially move on from Campbell's contract.

«When I did my article about top objectives for each team heading into the trade deadline at Daily Faceoff, for the Oilers, it was third-line centre or second-line right winger. Getting those two pieces for free, signing Perry, Holloway coming back from injury, it changes the outlook of their trade deadline.

They have so much added flexibility. Plus, with less assets out the door, I think it opens up the door for them to move Jack Campbell. You could say, ‘why do they have to do that now?' But if you were ever to go after someone that has term on their contract, you have to have cap space beyond this year and into the future.

If you were to say, ‘look, the Campbell signing, obviously a mistake, whether it's now or later, we're going to have to pay a price to get out of his contract.' Maybe this is the year you move a 2025 first-round pick plus whatever else you need to get rid of Campbell, and then you've got your 2024 pick on the table to add a big defenceman or an elite winger.»

Perry's signing and Holloway's return gives the Oilers trade deadline flexibility. Seravalli suggests moving Campbell, using a 2025 first-round pick to create cap space for impactful additions.

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Insider Seravalli Hints At A Blockbuster Trade Following The Corey Perry Signing

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