The Alpha Move for Ken Holland this summer? Hold Larsson, Nurse & Klefbom. Trade Russell
There’s plenty of talk right now about the Edmonton Oilers needing to trade Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse or Adam Larsson before the 2020-21 NHL season.
I’m not on board with such a trade myself, and would much rather see the team move out Kris Russell, but NHL insiders see the possibility of Edmonton moving out a bigger name on defence.
Former GM Brian Burke gave his take on the team in an interview with Bob Stauffer of the Oilers. “It’s obvious their defence needs an upgrade or a change, but other than that, it’s a positive year…,” Burke said. “I don’t think their defence played well enough. When I say, ‘played well enough,’ I’m not saying they’re not good enough. But they didn’t play well enough.
“Bear is going to be a helluva player, and they’ve got a couple good pieces. It might be time for a change of scenery for a couple guys.”
So Larsson, Nurse or Klefbom, Bob Stauffer asked?
“Any one of the three above, I like all of them, so I’m not picking on any one of them. I think Darnell Nurse gives a component that really makes their team different, I think, in terms of the mobility and hostility. But, yes, something. It’s so hard to make trades when you’re in cap trouble but it might be time for a change of scenery.”
Stauffer suggested the Toronto Maple Leafs might be a trading partner for the Oilers, maybe Larsson for Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson.
Replied Burke: “Those might be fits. Those guys are both good players that you mentioned from here (Toronto). I think Larsson is a really good player. He didn’t have a great year, but I think he’s a really good shut down guy. There could be a fit there.”