The Edmonton Oilers have traded goalie Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported the Blues sent goalkeeper Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth-round draft pick to Edmonton in exchange for the one-time third-round pick out of Sweden. The Oilers announced the deal later Saturday.
St. Louis will be the Nilsson's third team since coming into the NHL. He was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2011 and has a .900 career save percentage in three seasons. Cam Talbot got the start for Edmonton in its 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
The 6'5" Nilsson started 24 games in net for the Oilers and allowed a career-high 74 goals while going 10-12. His 3.14 goals-against average is the highest of his career. The Oilers sent Nilsson down to AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors on Feb. 10, per RotoWire (via CBS Sports).
Nilsson was called back up to the Oilers on Feb. 16 but was the backup to Talbot upon his return. His last action for Edmonton came on Feb. 7 in a backup role, giving up three goals in 11 minutes in the Oilers' 8-1 loss to the Islanders. He has not won a start since Dec. 11, giving up five goals in a 7-5 win over the New York Rangers.
This is a questionable move by the Blues, who are third in the Central Division and only three points behind the Dallas Stars in first. St. Louis' goaltending situation has been solid with Jake Allen (18-12, 2.17 GAA) and Brian Elliott (17-7, 2.15 GAA), but both have battled injuries of late. Allen recently returned from six weeks out with a knee injury, and Elliott suffered a lower-body injury in Monday's 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Even in a move to provide depth, Nilsson has given up too many goals in the short amount of time he's been on the ice this season. A change of scenery could be the trick, but Nilsson won't see much playing time—especially if Elliott isn't out for long.
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