Oilers reportedly considering trading for top defenceman

Tom Banks
February 16, 2024  (6:21 PM)

Chris Tanev of the Calgary Flames.
Photo credit: Daily Hive

The Edmonton Oilers have been fairly quiet with the March 8 trade deadline approaching, but it appears that may not be the case soon, as they are preparing to land one of the top names available at the deadline.

Chris Tanev firmly in the sights of the Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have been linked to Chris Tanev for seemingly the entirety of the 2023-24 season, but according to Vancouver Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal, Edmonton are beginning to make a major push.
The Canucks are continuing to monitor everything, big and small. They're continuing to work the phones and their preference is not to trade any more first round draft picks, but as I like to say all the time, hockey people change your minds. You can look into all players, big names, depth players, it's all about the cost of acquisition.
They're still looking for a defencemen, can't have enough for the playoffs, ty to be seven, eight deep on the blueline.
The price on Chris Tanev is obviously pretty steep, but that's when teams like the Canucks have to get creative. When you like a player as much as the Canucks like Tanev, you got to get creative. The Canucks have not given up on Chris Tanev.
Sources say the Oilers are making a push for Tanev. You certainly don't want him going to that team if you're the Canucks, for sure. Dallas, high interest in Tanev. Many others: Maple Leafs still in there, Winnipeg (too).

That came from his appearance on Sportsnet 650's Halford and Brough show, and he paints a picture of a potential bidding war for the veteran blue liner that could erupt anytime.

Many teams interested in landing the veteran Flames star

While he's not the modern day defenseman that provides offence, Tanev is one of the toughest players in the league, and will put his body on the line every shift, meaning he's exactly what all of those teams above are coveting.
It's unclear at this point who is favored to land Tanev, as the Flames appear patient as they look to get the best haul possible, but with the Oilers making a massive push, something could happen very soon.
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Oilers reportedly considering trading for top defenceman

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