— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 1, 2017
Its a sad day!
Its a sad day because Davidson is a good young defensemen in a very cap friendly situation in Edmonton and they have traded him for a rental. But there’s is more to it than that. This trade actually makes sense. Davidson would most likely not have been protected in the upcoming expansion draft so the Oilers would have lost him for nothing, instead they flip him for David Desharnais who is a veteran with a history of pretty respectable offense and face-off acumen.
Desharnais is 30 years old and a bit undersized at 5’7″ and 171lbs but he has a 50.4% shooting percentage in his career and fills a major need for the Oilers at 3C. I don’t think he’ll ever hit the 60pts he had in 2011/12 again or even the 52 he had in 2013/14 but he’s shown he can provide secondary scoring and could be auditioning for a new contract. Desharnais has also played in 38 playoff games which could be a real benefit for such a young inexperienced team as the Oilers.
Welcome to Edmonton David.
Good luck in Montreal Brandon!