Wild West: Trade Deadline 2018 Edition

Kevin Wickersham



A quick rundown of Western Conference action so far…


While I’m sure there will be a bounty of other deals taking place Monday that may dwarf those that came shortly before, here are some thoughts on a few trade deadline happenings and how they pertain to the Western Conference as of Sunday evening:


Oilers send Mark Letestu to the Predators for Pontus Aberg:

Along with a rumored Pat Maroon deal heightened by him being held out of Sunday night’s tilt with Vancouver, this is part of Edmonton being once again a serious seller. Who would have thought it in the preseason? The diminutive, 24 year-old Aberg has upside for sure, with 76 goals and 56 assists in 203 AHL contests, and brings the Oilers some needed speed at the wing as well as playoff experience that extends to last year’s Finals. His contract figures won’t hurt either, at $650,000 for 2018-19. That’s more appropriate at this time for Edmonton than keeping battle-tested Letestu and his expiring contract out of the playoffs. Interesting that Nashville swaps him for what ultimately becomes a fourth-round pick. Maybe they think his three goals and seven assists in 51 NHL games is a more telling stat than his minor league marks.


Predators send Mark Letestu to the Blue Jackets for a fourth-round pick in 2018:

Letestu might have been a solid, scrappy complement to another Cup run, but it looks like they’ll pick up their veteran savvy from familiar and apparently soon-to-sign Mike Fisher.


Oilers send defenseman Brandon Davidson to the Islanders for a third-round pick in 2019:

A restricted free agent next year, likely they would have let him go rather than offering a raise (he makes $1.4M this year) they can’t really afford. After picking him up on waivers from Montreal in December, they may as well get a decent draft pick for him. The Islanders need defense pretty badly, so I’d imagine this was about the best return they could expect.

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Golden Knights acquire forward Ryan Reaves, a fourth-round pick in 2018, and 40% of Derick Brassard’s salary for sending Tobias Lindberg to the Penguins: