Alex Chiasson has been one of the more pleasant surprises in Edmonton this season. After only getting a tryout for training camp, he has turned that into a career year with 17 goals in just 51 games. Accordingly, the Oilers have set a fairly high price for him as TSN’s Darren Dreger reported in a segment on TSN 1260 (audio link) that they’re seeking a second-round pick or comparable prospect to part with the 28-year-old. The fact that he has a league-minimum salary and cap hit may make him appealing to some cap-strapped teams but the fact remains that he has been more of a complementary player over his career which may make this asking price too high for teams to agree to.
Elsewhere out West:
- While Blues winger Robby Fabbri has had a particularly rough year, it sounds like the Blues aren’t too surprised. In a reader chat, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that the team appears to be willing to consider this as merely a transition year as he works his way back from multiple knee surgeries and may be inclined to give him another chance next season. The 23-year-old has played just 26 times this season and has spent considerable time as a healthy scratch. He’s owed a qualifying offer this summer of just over $971K and considering he has just five points on the year, it shouldn’t cost much more to sign him which would make a worthwhile move to make despite his struggles in 2018-19.
- Jonathan Dahlen has been viewed as one of Vancouver’s better prospects but it appears that the Canucks are at least willing to move him. Matt Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports (Twitter link) that the winger is being shopped and the team has soured on him based on his rookie AHL season. The 21-year-old has posted 29 points (14-15-29) in 50 games with the Utica Comets but should still be of interest to some teams around the league.