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EXAMINING THE OPTICS OF A DARNELL NURSE FOR JACOB TROUBA TRADE

It seems pretty clear that the Edmonton Oilers don't have much interest in trading defenseman Darnell Nurse. His name has come up a couple times as a piece involved in a larger trade and so far, he's still an Oiler. What if the trade was a bit less complicated — a one-for-one with Winnipeg for Jacob Trouba?

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Trouba in Winnipeg


Winnipeg may be having some issues getting Trouba signed. He wants a good deal of money, but more than that, he wants to be a bigger part of the team. He's currently saddled on the third-pair right side with Mark Stuart and it's not where he wants to be. Unfortunately for Trouba, the Jets have Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers ahead of Trouba on the depth chart. All three are sound right defense options and Winnipeg doesn't realistically want to pay $5 million each for three right-handed defensemen.

Winnipeg is also a bit weaker at the left defense position. Toby Enstrom is legit, but after that, there isn't much to choose from and one of the righties will need to be moved over to make it work. What if Edmonton could help Winnipeg fill that hole on their left defense and Edmonton drastically improve its right defense with a player that could help today?


Nurse in Edmonton


Darnell Nurse is expected to be a great left defenseman. He's big, he's mean, he skates like the wind, but he's also had troubles defensively. He's not completely NHL ready yet  and he may not be this season. Giving up Nurse now is a gamble. He's one of Edmonton's best defensive prospects. Trouba, on the other hand, could make an immediate impact. He's 22, is a pretty consistent offensive threat, posts monumentally better Corsi numbers than Nurse and would be much happier in a more predominant role.

It means the Oilers will bump their cap position today instead of later. It also means Edmonton will require navigating the expansion draft with some creativity to protect their top four blue line (Nurse does not require protecting and cannot be drafted), but if Winnipeg would contemplate the move, you'd think Edmonton should seriously consider it. It's a potential win-win trade for both organizations and not something you see often in the NHL anymore.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.





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10 Responses to "EXAMINING THE OPTICS OF A DARNELL NURSE FOR JACOB TROUBA TRADE"

  1. I really hate to part with Nurse because I have the feeling that's one of those trades you regret later (for many years). That said, if I was sure I could get Trouba signed for a reasonable contract, similar to Klefbom, I think it's a trade Edmonton has to make. Maybe a sign and trade would work but I don't know how much of Trouba's reluctance to sign with Winnipeg is salary and how much is usage.Sure would look grand to have: Klefbom-Larsson, Sekera-Trouba, Davidson-Fayne as the opening night D. Difficult to believe, 6 bonafide NHL defensemen.

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    1. Good point WF. That's the logic behind the idea. It gives Edmonton a bonafide top-six defense which would be amazing compared to seasons past. It's gamble though, because despite the fact that he hasn't proved it yet, a lot of people have Nurse pegged to be a pretty dominant defenseman.

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  2. Thinking about the expansion draft there is a potential wrinkle that could cause the Oilers no end of trouble but it probably doesn't matter if they trade for Trouba or not. Every team must expose at least 1 defenseman who is under contract for 2017-18 and played at least 40 games this season or 70 games in the past 2 seasons. Since Fayne's contract expires at the end of the season,if Davidson were to get hurt midway through the season, the Oilers might have to leave one of their top 4 unprotected. Better sign Gryba just to be safe. He's listed at 53 games last year so he would only need 17 games to meet the 70 game threshold.

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  3. You just traded Taylor Hall. It's go time. If Winnipeg does that deal you take it and run. Are you waiting for Connor McDavid to get paid $10 mil per season?

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    1. There are for sure a lot of people who agree with this sentiment. If you're going to make a push, the time is now.

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  4. If a trade did take place for Trouba or another top four righty, it would likely be Davidson exposed and you'd have to hope that other teams have better defensive options available (ie. Florida).

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  5. Great idea but which 4Dmen do you protect next year? This trade exposes Davidson.

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    1. Yep it would expose Davidson for sure and that's a big gamble if Davidson has a big year. That said, how much time does Davidson get as a third-pair lefty? Enough to make him attractive to Las Vegas over players like Jason Demers and defenseman from other teams? There a few teams that will have to make tough decisions.

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  6. Would a Sekera / Myers swap make more sense for both teams instead? In Winnipeg, Trouba gets a bigger role, they keep their youth and future and their left side gets strengthened. Edmonton gets a legit top 4 RD defensemen and like Winnipeg they can keep their promising defensemen in Nurse and Davidson. Based on last year's evidence and the advanced status that support it, Davidson is ready for a top 4 role. Plus, worst case scenario if Davidson regresses the Oilers have a lot of left handed internal options and there is always more left handed options on the market.

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    1. I like the idea. Problem is you have to get Sekera to waive his no trade clause for Winnipeg.

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