Oilers new GM Ken Holland made his first move of the 2020 deadline early this morning by trading Kyle Brodziak and a conditional 4th round pick to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Mike Green. The Edmonton Oilers currently have a 33-22-7 record, with 73 points in 62 games.
The condition depends on whether or not the Oilers advance to the Western Conference Finals, and Green playing in 50% of the games. If this is met, Detroit will receive a 2021 3rd round pick from Edmonton. Detroit is retaining half of Green’s remaining salary on the season, as Edmonton will only pay him $2.687 million for the remainder of this season.
This move makes a lot of sense for the Oilers, as defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell are both on injured reserve as of now, and Green will immediately step in to fill the void. Green has a respectable career AB score of -1.96 over 12-year sample size. Green is coming off four straight negative individual AB seasons. This season in Detroit, Green has played in 48 games, in which he registered 3 goals and 8 assists for 11 points. Analytically, he has a 16:6 penalty taken/drawn ratio, and a 10:2 giveaway/takeaway ratio in his time with Detroit this season but is a whopping -32 +/- wise on the year. Green is also playing about a minute less per game compared to his previous career ice time of 22 minutes a game. The 34-year old Mike Green will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Kyle Brodziak hasn’t played a game for the Oilers this season, as he has missed the whole season with an injury. Brodziak was included in this deal to clear salary, as he currently makes $1.15 million and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. In his career, Brodziak has a -0.81 career AB score over 12-year sample size. He is coming off his worst season AB wise since 2014-2015, with a -3.25 score. Brodziak is 35 years old and will most likely not play a game for the Red Wings this season.
With a few hours remaining until the trade deadline, it will definitely be interesting to see what else GM Ken Holland will do to improve the Oilers for their playoff push this season, as they just got their Captain, Connor McDavid, back from injury on Sunday night en route to a 4-2 Oilers win against the Kings. Much more to come out of Edmonton, as we will continue to update on every significant move made this deadline day across the league.