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REPORT: Starting Goaltender Set To Be Traded Following Mutual Agreement

Published December 19, 2023 at 9:49 PM
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the worst teams in the NHL over the past few seasons. Now the team is reportedly willing to listen to offers on almost all their players. New reports suggest that one of their goaltenders may be on the move soon.

Blue Jackets Considering Trade Options For Goaltender Merzlikins



The Blue Jackets are without a doubt still in the midst of their rebuild. While the team has solid pieces to build on in the future, they are still multiple star players away from being a contending team. As a result, they will certainly be sellers at the trade deadline and Elvis Merzlikins could be the first to go.




NHL insider Elliotte Friedman confirmed that both the team and Merzlikins have agreed that it may be time for them to part ways. It seems then that the player may have been given permission to seek a trade, but the team was likely already working on that anyways.

EF on 32TP: «I've had a couple of people on Sunday say that they can see the possibility of that, that maybe both #CBJ & Merzlikins feel that it's time for him to try somewhere else, but again, in the middle of the season that's not an easy number for a lot of teams to absorb»


Edmonton Oilers Considering Trading For Merzlikins?



One team that has consistently been involved in trade rumors regarding goalies is the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers have been in desperate need for help in goal since Jack Campbell was sent down to the AHL for his poor play. While Calvin Pickard has given the team an admirable effort in his callup, the team will not want to go into the playoffs with him as the backup. Now the team could be interested in Merzlikins.

NHL Trade Rumors: Elvis Merzlikins Seeking Fresh Start

Is now the time for the #Oilers to push their chips in and acquire a new goalie?

#LetsGoOilers #CBJ #NHL #HockeyTwitter


The Oilers have managed to put themselves back into a playoff spot so now is the time for them to solidify their roster for the future. Goaltending has been the biggest problem for the team dating back to before this season anyways so it would make sense for them to try and find a long-term solution. Clearly, Jack Campbell is not the answer to their problems.
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