Dreger on trade interest in Chiasson, Kassian

The Oilers should be able to net a few more assets ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.

Darren Dreger had a Thursday morning radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260.

The Insider was asked if he thought the Oilers would get more for Alex Chiasson or Zack Kassian, if they were to trade one or both.

“Yeah, I think they’ll get more for Chiasson,” indicated Dreger. “I believe that the ask is pretty high. I think it’s a second-round draft pick or a pretty decent prospect or, if you want to be creative, I suppose you could find a way to maybe add both in that package.

“But I don’t think that the Oilers have written off the idea of potentially extending Chiasson either. That has to be considered. But given the situation that the Oilers as an organization are in, Chiasson is likely going to fetch the highest return among the players that you’re willing to trade. If they were willing to consider any of the bigger boys like Darnell Nurse, they’d knock it out of the park. They’re not doing that, we can understand why.

“But in saying everything I’ve said about Chiasson - I believe he’s going to fetch the most return - there is a market for Zack Kassian. Teams like the fact that he’s not a bad skater. He obviously has that gritty element to him, and he’s going to be highly motivated as a playoff performer if given the opportunity.

“So they do have a couple of pieces in play that could bring some return.”

Chiasson is on a one-year, $650,000 deal, and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Kassian is in the second season of a three-year, $5.85 million contract.


Contract-related info via CapFriendly