RUMOR: The Oilers Are Targeting A Top Pairing Defenseman From The Metro

Published September 1, 2023 at 10:48 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are in search of a stronger defense as they prepare for the upcoming NHL season. Travis Sanheim from the Philadelphia Flyers is rumored to be their top pick.

Defensive Improvement in the Spotlight

The Edmonton Oilers are determined to boost their defensive lineup to compete for the Stanley Cup. Recent reports suggest that the solution might be found with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Hockey insider Eklund shared on that the Oilers are looking to trade for star defenseman Travis Sanheim. He even mentioned that there's a 50% chance of the trade happening and that Edmonton has had their eye on Sanheim for a while.


Considering the Fit


While Travis Sanheim could certainly strengthen the Edmonton Oilers' defense, there's a catch. The Oilers already have Darnell Nurse and Mattias Ekholm on the left side of their defense, which could lead to overcrowding. To make room for Sanheim, one of these three players might have to switch to the right side.

This adjustment could be a tricky task for Ken Holland and the Oilers' management. However, Sanheim is a dependable defenseman with skills on both ends of the ice. He's been a crucial part of the Philadelphia Flyers, who seem to be heading into a rebuilding phase. With the Oilers eager to compete, considering Sanheim is a no-brainer.

Fans in Edmonton have been excited about the prospect of Sanheim joining the team since March 2022, as seen on social media.

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RUMOR: The Oilers Are Targeting A Top Pairing Defenseman From The Metro

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