The Edmonton Oilers are adding some depth to their blue line, acquiring defenseman Brett Kulak from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman William Lagesson, a conditional 2022 second-round pick and a 2024 seventh-round pick.
Kulak recorded three goals and 13 points in 56 games for the Canadiens this season in what’s easily been the best offensive season of his career and should provide the Oilers with some added depth on their back end.
A bit complicated, but EDM's second-rounder this year is tied up in the Duncan Keith trade. If he plays top-4 minutes through three rounds, it goes to CHI. They do have a 2023 second-rounder. We'll see. That was the price MTL was looking for here.
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The 28-year-old left-shot defenseman also played bottom-pair minutes during the Canadiens’ improbable run to the Stanley Cup last summer, averaging just under 13 minutes per game.
Lagesson, 26, has appeared in 30 games for the Oilers this season, registering four assists and averaging 12:20 of ice time. He will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Kulak is in the final year of a three-year contract worth $1.85 million annually and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, although if he can continue to be a solid, if unspectacular presence on the Oilers’ blue line, he’d almost certainly become a priority for the club entering the offseason.
He’s not a particularly flashy player but Kulak may very well be exactly what the Oilers need: a solid defenseman with decent underlying possession numbers who doesn’t make a ton of mistakes in his own end.
There are bigger names that will be moved ahead of Monday’s deadline but you’d have to think that Connor McDavid and company are more than happy with this one.
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