On Sunday afternoon it was reported Oilers forward David Perron’s name has surfaced in trade talk.
It appears the Oilers may have found a taker.
TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers have had discussions on a trade, which would see Perron head to Ohio in exchange for center Artem Anisimov.
As Ward points out, both John Davidson and Jarmo Kekelainen were with the St. Louis organization when the Blues selected Perron.
Perron, 26, was the Blues’ first-round pick (26th overall) in 2007. He has 30 goals and 67 points in 99 games since joining the Oilers in a July 2013 trade, which saw Edmonton send Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round pick to St. Louis.
Anisimov, 26, was the Rangers second-round pick (54th overall) in 2006. The center was dealt by New York to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade during the 2011-12 season. Anisimov has two goals and six points in 14 games this season.
Now that Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky is a Vezina Trophy winner, the game really begins to get him signed.
Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson knows all about the KHL’s desire to sign Bobrovsky but believes he’ll be able to keep him Columbus. Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch shares.
“We’ll look at all the different options — short-term, long-term, arbitration … who knows?” Davidson said. “We think we’ll get him signed.”
During the NHL Awards press conference, Bobrovsky was asked about where negotiations were. He wasn’t exactly in the mood to discuss the business side of hockey.
“Right now is the moment to celebrate, and later we will sit down with my agent and think about our next steps,” he said.
Ominously, when asked about if there’s a chance he could sign to play in the KHL he said, “We’ll see.”
Columbus wasn’t planning on looking for goaltending help this summer but they may have to make room for Plan B.
Columbus did all they could to try and secure a playoff spot last night. They did their part by beating Nashville but didn’t get help from either Minnesota or Detroit.
Coming just a point away from booking their first playoffs spot in five seasons could be seen as a brutal letdown but the team President of Hockey Operations John Davidson sees it a little different. He tells The Columbus Dispatch’s Michael Arace that missing out hurts in a good way.
“This hurts, no doubt about it,” Davidson said. “It hurts so bad, but to get to winning, there’s a lot of hurt that goes into it. We put some hurt in, and it sets up part of the foundation we’ve been talking about. I’m so proud of everyone involved.”
Davidson stressed that what the team went through this season will help them grow moving on to the Eastern Conference next season. That kind of growth will be necessary going up against the likes of the Rangers, Devils, Islanders, Flyers, Capitals, Penguins, and Hurricanes.
If they can make a push for the postseason up against some of those monster teams, Davidson will be earning every bit of his keep in Columbus.