The 2013 offseason is a unique one. The salary cap is going down, there aren’t that many premier free agents, and there are going to be a few teams looking to dump salary to get under that $64.3 million cap. While the Edmonton Oilers may not be one of the teams looking to get under the cap, but with a new GM and a new coach, they are going to make changes to their roster. Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff are already on the chopping block , but there are more moves to make with this club.
Specifically, the Oilers are very thin on bottom-six defensive-minded forwards. In fact, based on the player usage chart, the Oilers have exactly ZERO forwards who played shut-down minutes (there were a lot of guys who played tough minutes, but were not successful at all). It just so happens that the Rangers have quite a few guys who fit that mold. Edmonton is actually a very good trading match for the Rangers, since they have opposite needs/surpluses and both have cap space. Enter RFA Sam Gagner.