Robert Nilsson for Todd Marchant: Would You Make That Trade?
Rumors have circulated that Anaheim might be looking for a bit more scoring punch to help kick-start the struggling Ducks. The player who's been rumored as trade material is veteran centre Todd Marchant.
Whether there is truth to this or not, I do not know, but it would be an interesting conversation in the Oilers management meetings to say the least.
Robert Nilsson isn't doing the Oilers any good. What he brings is an incredible skill level that hasn't quite reached its peak in the NHL.
A change of scenery could be exactly what Nilsson needs. If Anaheim is looking for some scoring touch, is Nilsson someone they'd consider taking a chance on? Good question.
Todd Marchant could do the Oilers a world of good. He's older, but still has the wheels. He's an ex-Oiler with a great track record in the city, plus he brings elements to the team it's missing in spades right now.
Marchant can win you faceoffs. In fact, he'd rank amongst the top faceoff guys in Edmonton, second only to Shawn Horcoff in terms of percentage taken to faceoffs won.
Marchant also provides the crust Pat Quinn wants in his players. He ranks third for the Ducks in hits with 20, which would be fourth in terms of hits on the Oilers. Not bad.
Todd Marchant is also a defensive minded forward. He's easily the leader for the Ducks in terms of short-handed time on ice and would bring a great deal of assistance in that area to Edmonton.
The Oilers' penalty kill has been better than last year, but it still needs work.
The cap numbers make sense for both teams. Anaheim has room to add the extra change Nilsson's contract would require and the Oilers could use some relief.
The only question is if Robert Nilsson the kind of scoring addition the Ducks need. Since no other NHL teams seem to have hurried to accept an offer for Marchant, Anaheim simply needs to decide if they keep Marchant or move him for a possible scorer instead of a proven one.
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