As the Edmonton Oilers look to solve their goaltending issues this summer, an interesting name has just surfaced as a potential candidate. As per a report by Nick Kypreos said on the “Real Kyper & Bourne” Show, the Panthers are actively trying to trade a two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky and are willing to retain plenty of salary to do so. He notes during the show: “In terms of takers, who needs a goalie, and we are willing to hold cash back. And I’m told as much as 50 percent.”
If this is an accurate report, the Oilers should absolutely be interested as Bobrovsky could solve their goaltending issues over the next three to four seasons.
The Situation Might Be Just Right for Oilers
If the Panthers weren’t willing to retain 50% of Bobrosvsky’s deal, there’s no way the Oilers would look at the 33-year-old as a solution to their goaltending issues. But, on a $5 million per season deal for four years, it’s not the worst idea. When productive, Bobrovsky is among the better goaltenders in the NHL. He’s had a few bumps in the road over the past couple of seasons, including a couple of tougher runs in Florida after signing a monster $10 million contract, but he was much better in 2021-22 and he’s got a lot left in the tank.
The Oilers could do much worse when you look at the other options available. Speculation is that they’ll be heavily in on Ville Husso out of St. Louis, who projects to be a great goaltender, but is still a relatively unproven option that is likely to cost $4 million over three or four seasons. Edmonton could go for Jack Campbell if he hits free agency, but that’s going to be equally as expensive as Bobrovsky, and Campbell is far less proven. Marc-Andre Fleury doesn’t sound keen to consider the Oilers and John Gibson has shot down the idea of a trade out of Anaheim.