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3 Oilers Who Must Be Traded In Favour Of Salary Cap Flexibility

3 Oilers Who Must Be Traded In Favour Of Salary Cap Flexibility

The Edmonton Oilers have three members of their team that they can’t afford to keep, regardless of the situation in the offseason and free agency. They have too many more impactful players who can have an impact in more than one facet of the game and have money to spend elsewhere to push their team forward.

The Oilers will be trying to sign their restricted free agents (RFA) and bring back a couple of important unrestricted free agents (UFA) for next season as well as insert some younger and cheaper talent into the lineup to fill the rest of the lineup. We’ll start with the Oilers’ defenceman with the most trade talk surrounding him, then move to two depth forwards earning too much money for their contributions last season.

Tyson Barrie

Starting with a strong offensive defenceman who has become a luxury the Oilers cannot afford is Tyson Barrie. After he was brought in to fill a power play need with the long-term injury to Oscar Klefbom, he did a stellar job putting up points and helping the Oilers stay atop the league in power-play percentage. Though he did lead all defencemen in points in 2020-21, it was the first time a defender has done that and not received one Norris Trophy vote.

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Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Oilers knew what they were getting from the Barrie signing, and it wasn’t great defence. He had to adapt this past season to contribute more defensively with the help of Brett Kulak as a partner since Evan Bouchard stepped up and took more offensive responsibilities.

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