Oilers trade Ryan Strome to Rangers for Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner (Sarah Connors, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League traded Ryan Strome of Mississauga, Ontario to the New York Rangers for Ryan Spooner of Ottawa, Ontario on Friday. It will be a change of scenery for both Strome and Spooner, who have got off to slow starts to begin the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season.

Strome has one goal and one assist in for two points in 18 National Hockey League regular season games with the Oilers, while Spooner has one goal and one assist for two points in 16 games with the Rangers. Oilers fans will be hoping that Spooner improves his defensive zone coverage. After 16 games with the Rangers, and his first two games with the Oilers this past weekend (both losses to Calgary and Vegas), Spooner has been a dreadful -9.

After an encouraging start for the Oilers to begin the season, Edmonton have now lost six of their last seven games, and there are rumours that head coach Todd McLellan’s time in Edmonton is coming to an end. If McLellan is on his way out, the Oilers should consider three-time Stanley Cup champion Joel Quenneville to take over the head coaching duties. Quenneville, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015, was fired by the Blackhawks on November 6.

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