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November 1, 2017 | 11:40am ET
Oilers making trade calls
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Edmonton Oilers have made it known to the rest of the League that they're interested in making a move or two to help boost their offense.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has been exploring his options and making calls, with the likes of Jussi Jokinen among the players he's willing to trade.

Jokinen, 34, signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Oilers in the off-season.

The Oilers have just over $10 million in available pro-rated salary cap space, to date, and have the flexibility to add a significant contract to their roster. However, it's unclear if the team is interested in acquiring a top-tier forward with a big contract, at this time. If so, that player would likely need to be in the final year of his contract.

Edmonton's offensive game has struggled in its first 10 games, with Connor McDavid leading the way with 11 points. The return of Leon Draisaitl has helped -- seven points in six games on the season, thus far -- but it's clear the team is looking for a jolt of fire power.

Chiarelli, while active, may need to be patient in his search as other teams determine what route they want to take.

Trade chatter around the NHL has been higher early on than in past seasons, but that doesn't necessarily mean a flurry of moves will be made in the coming weeks.

The Oilers will continue to scour the market and could start with a smaller move in hopes of sending a message throughout the locker-room.

 
 
 

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