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Former Oiler Opens Up About Being Involved in the Karlsson Trade Rumor


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Mark Parsons
September 29, 2023  (6:57 PM)
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Late last season, Tyson Barrie was acquired by the Nashville Predators alongside Reid Schaefer. This move took the fan-favorite defenseman by surprise as he was exchanged for Mattias Ekholm. Reflecting on his departure from Edmonton, Barrie expressed his surprise and sentiments.

Barrie Reflects On Time In Edmonton

"Leaving Edmonton was tough on me, for sure," Barrie said. "I thought we made some steps the year before, went to the Conference Final. I felt like a big part of that, felt like I was having a pretty good year, and I didn't really think I was on the radar. I had heard some Erik Karlsson rumours. I talked to [Holland], and he told me, ‘Hey, that's kind of the only place you're going to go if we have a chance to get Erik Karlsson.' I said, ‘Hey, I get it, no problem.' Something came together last minute, kind of caught me off guard."

Barrie, in a Mitts Off Podcast with Luke Gadzic, revealed his knowledge about being a potential trade bait, as he was alerted by Holland the previous season. Despite his significant contribution to the Oilers, who reached the Western Conference Finals in 2022-2023, rumors were rife about the team's interest in Erik Karlsson.

Settling for Ekholm

However, when these rumors subsided, Holland decided to strengthen the Oilers' defense with the acquisition of Ekholm, who played a pivotal role alongside Evan Bouchard. The aspirations for a Norris Trophy-winning defenseman like Karlsson in the Oilers were squashed upon Ekholm's entry. In a twist, a three-team trade saw Karlsson move to the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Oilers, even at the cost of Barrie, secured a reliable player in Ekholm.
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