With the salary cap ceiling set at $72 million next season, the Oilers could find themselves without many free agents to help them fill a gaping hole.
The Oilers are still very much in the hunt for a goalie and could use a backup in the short term if the market for a backup to the current backup goalie, who has two years left on his deal, continues to sink.
It could be that the Oilers don’t need a backup for the long term.
But, with the Oilers not being able to offer the backup, it’s easy to envision the team making a trade that would help it fill the void.
A potential trade that might get made: The Edmonton Oilers might be able to trade a defenseman or two, but it’s hard to envision them making that trade for a goaltender, especially if they’re hoping to get one of the two backup goaltenders.
The Oilers have plenty of goaltending options this offseason, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to have to go after a goaltender.
There are two teams in the playoffs that could offer a goalie in return for the Oilers, and that could be the New York Islanders or Ottawa Senators.
The Islanders could offer the Oilers a chance to get a backup goaltender, which would allow the Oilers to have another backup goalie available to them in case of an injury to a starter.
On the other hand, if the Islanders decide to send their backup goaltender to the Oilers this season, it could be tough for the Ducks and Kings to compete for that goalie spot, because they could also be in the market.
If the Oilers are looking for a goaltending upgrade this offseason that could include a trade, they should be able find it if they decide to move on from the backup goaltender.