WWYDW(TE): How much should the Oilers give up to acquire Patrick Kane?

A report came out in mid-July that the Edmonton Oilers had thrown tires at Patrick Kane.

The rumor died down a bit after it was reported that Kane wasn’t ready to leave the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he played with his entire NHL career, but it resurfaced there. a few days ago when Bob Staffer said on Oilers now that acquiring Kane is the team’s “Plan A”.

Stauffer added fuel to the fire on Twitter on Tuesday when he noted that the Oilers had a strong group of players aged 22 or younger and that trading the 2023 first-round pick wouldn’t be a problem. if he brought an “impact player” back to Edmonton.

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When there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s especially the case when it comes to Stauffer, as he’s teased the idea of ​​the Oilers acquiring players before they eventually do multiple times. in the past. Saying Kane is Plan A and then saying the Oilers are ready to move their first-round pick within days probably means something is afoot.

So with all that in mind, this week What would you do on Wednesday TUESDAY EDITION The question will be about Patrick Kane and how much the Oilers should be willing to give up to acquire him.

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Kane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hart Trophy winner after a 33-year season in which he scored 92 points on a terrible team. It is obviously not easy to find a comparable situation in which a player like this was traded.

The name that comes to mind as a comparable is Martin St. Louis, who was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers the year after winning the Art Ross Trophy for the second time in his career. The deal was St. Louis and a second-round pick in exchange for Ryan Callahan and two first-round picks.

The difference here is that the 2013-14 Lightning was a playoff team while the 2021-22 Blackhawks clearly aren’t, so Chicago will be looking for a very different comeback than Tampa. In order to figure out what the Hawks might be looking for in exchange for Kane, we can take a look back at the moves they’ve made since the start of their sellout.

Since the official appointment of Kyle Davidson as general manager in March, every move the Hawks has made has been focused on the future. Back in the draft in July, Chicago traded Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for two first-round picks and a third-round pick and they traded Kirby Dach, who is just 21, to the Montreal Canadiens for a first and a third-round pick, which clearly signaled that the team was entering a full rebuild.

The Sens and Canadiens were non-playoff teams that could offer the Hawks high draft picks, so the Davidson-era deal that best syncs with Edmonton’s current situation is when they traded Brandon Hagel to Tampa Bay for two first-round picks and a pair of young NHL-breaking players, Boris Katchook and Taylor Raddysh.

Additionally, a deal between Kane and Edmonton may not just involve draft picks and prospects due to his large salary cap. Kane has one year left on his contract worth $10.5 million against the cap and the Hawks can only keep 50% of that money. Unless the Oilers and Hawks involve a third team, the least Kane can cost the Oilers against the cap is $5.25 million. Since the Oilers are already over the cap, they would have to send more than that amount back to the Hawks for this to work.

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If the Oilers are going to agree to a $5.25 million contract, the obvious place to start is with Tyson Barrie going the other way, as he earns $4.5 million a year for two more seasons and has been passed by Evan Bouchard on the Edmonton depth chart. Edmonton would have to send another contract to Chicago beyond Barrie to make it work, and the name that stands out is Jesse Puljujarvi.

There was talk early in the offseason that Puljujarvi wanted a change of scenery and the Oilers were okay with moving him. But just like we saw last time out with a trade request from Puljujarvi, Ken Holland isn’t going to give the young Finn away in a deal that doesn’t improve the team.

Puljujarvi ended up signing a one-year contract worth $3 million ahead of his scheduled arbitration hearing. He will be a restricted free agent again next summer.

The gripe between Puljujarvi and the Oilers is that the player wants to play in the top six while the team thinks he is better placed on the third line. The former No. 4 overall pick has had bright flashes since returning to the Oilers after his season in Finland, but he’s also gone icy for long stretches. The numbers indicate a player playing in favor of his team but the visual test shows he is struggling to complete the opportunities his line generates.

Adding Kane wouldn’t make Puljujarvi’s desire to play in the top six any easier, as he would be behind Kane, Kailer Yamamoto and Zach Hyman, who plays both sides, on the depth chart. Playing in the Blackhawks top six wouldn’t be too difficult, as Puljujarvi’s competition on a Blackhawks team without Kane on the right side would be MacKenzie Entwistle and Taylor Raddysh.

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If Barrie and Puljujarvi are the basis for making a Patrick Kane trade financially work, how much more should the Oilers be willing to give the Blackhawks to make it?

Kane is still a very good player, having just finished a season in which he scored 26 goals and 92 points in a team that finished 28th in the league in goals scored. Kane also has plenty of experience with him, having won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks three times and played in 136 playoff games with the team.

Adding Kane to an already solid good offense would give the Oilers the best forward group in the league by a sizable margin. But the Oilers have question marks around their blue line, so acquiring Kane, which will be expensive both in contract terms and in draft and scouting capital, could make it difficult for Holland to make a move. for an impact player during the season.

Looking from top to bottom at the list of defenders slated to become free agents next summer, some interesting names that could be available to the Oilers at the 2023 trade deadline are Philadelphia’s Travis Sanheim, New Jersey’s Damon Severson and Minnesota’s Matt Dumba.

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It is ultimately a balancing act for Holland. Kane would certainly be an important addition to the team’s already strong offense, but the Oilers also need to have enough flexibility to make other moves during the season to fill holes in their roster as they grow. they arise. They also don’t want to trade too many prospects who are poised to contribute at the NHL level on an inexpensive entry-level contract.

What do you say, Nation? How much would you be willing to give the Blackhawks in exchange for Patrick Kane? Does acquiring Kane make sense when there are other holes on the list?

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