Oilers had a crazy plan involving two trades for Josh Anderson
BY MARCO MARCH 13, 2023 (3:07 PM)
The NHL whistleblower went through his sources to find out what was discussed behind the scenes as a trade, but didn't necessarily materialize.
One of them revealed a bombshell by mentioning that the Oilers would have considered acquiring a big winger like Timo Meier or Josh Anderson, in order to keep him to finish the season and, obviously, for the playoffs.
And then, the plan would have been to trade him again, during the summer. Yes, yes, you read that right!
That would have made for a damn good show, and twice as good as one, at that!
To summarize, following Friedman's information, here is what the Oilers' plan would have been.
1- Acquire Josh Anderson, from the Montreal Canadiens, for a 2023 first round pick.
2- Put Anderson on a three-man roster with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, thus putting Anderson in the best position to score a lot of goals and points. (which increases his trade value a lot)
3- Take advantage of Anderson's valuable services to finish the season, and especially, for the 2023 playoffs.
4- Trade Josh Anderson again, in the draft, for a 2023 1st round pick, and more.
This could have definitely become a big move for the Oilers.
They would have paid a lot of money to acquire him on a term contract, and then use him as a rental player for the rest of the season. Given the constraints of the payroll, he would have been traded again at a high price in the summer.
This is a very interesting management philosophy, which could have set a precedent for a new way of doing things, by adding another type of transaction at the trade deadline.
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