aPRIL 14, 2018 | 3:20PM ET
OILERS WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE CALLS ON KLEFBOM
Oscar Klefbom, defenceman
The Edmonton Oilers entertained trade inquiries for defenceman Oscar Klefbom this season, TFP first reported on Feb. 9, and GM Peter Chiarelli remains willing to listen when other teams call.
Klefbom, 24, is in the second-year of a seven-year, $29.169 million contract.
The Oilers are expected to make a number of changes this off-season, as they look to rebound after an extremely disappointing campaign this season, and moving Klefbom for help up front is something the Oilers would be willing to entertain, if the right offer presented itself.
A number of teams reportedly inquired about Klefbom’s availability, and talks could carry on throughout the spring, leading up to the NHL Draft in late-June in Dallas.
The native of Karlstad, Sweden, does not meet the criteria for no-trade protection, as he’s not yet within that age bracket, so the Oilers are not restricted in moving him, should they choose to do so.
Chiarelli is looking to acquire quick, top-six wingers for next season to play alongside the likes of captain Connor McDavid and star Leon Draisaitl.
The Oilers have roughly $13.5 million in available salary cap for next season, based on this season’s $75 million salary cap figure, though the cap will be increasing, giving Edmonton, and every other club, more wiggle room.
In 66 games with the Oilers this season, Klefbom registered five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.