The Edmonton Oilers continue to look to improve their blue line but it looks like their efforts have been rebuffed.
According to a breaking news from Edmonton Oilers insider David Staples of the Edmonton Journal the Oilers have extended a professional tryout offer to veteran defenseman Brandon Davidson. The move makes a ton of sense from the Oilers perspective as not only are they very familiar with Davidson, a former member of the Oilers organization, but they also have just suffered a significant injury on the blue.
It was reported last week that veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera would miss a significant portion of the 2018 - 2019 National Hockey League regular season due to a severe injury suffered during his offseason workouts. Sekera has seemingly been perpetually injured during his recent time with the Oilers and not only would replacing him with a player like Davidson make sense in the short term, but he could also serve as a viable backup option for the Oilers should Sekera suffer yet another injury in the future.
Unfortunately for the Oilers however it seems like Davidson is not all that interested in once again joining the ranks of the Edmonton Oilers organization, at least not on a professional tryout offer. Staples is reporting that Davidson has thus far rejected the advances from the Oilers organization although there does seem to be a window open for a potential change of heart should Davidson change his mind about accepting a PTO. According to Staples the main reason that Davidson has yet to accept the PTO from Edmonton is that he is believed to be close to receiving an NHL contract from a rival NHL team. Understandably a veteran player like Davidson would much prefer to have a guaranteed NHL contract than a professional tryout offer which guarantees him nothing.
Staples colleague at the Edmonton Journal, Oilers insider Jim Matheson, has seemingly confirmed that Davidson does in fact have several irons in the fire when it comes to potential offers on an NHL contract.
“Brandon Davidson has PTO offer from Oilers amongst many other team’s. He has few contract offers too but two-way deals,” said Matheson this week.
Davidson has never been known as an offensive juggernaut from the blue line but his smart and physical brand of play have also prevented him from being too much of a liability as a depth option. Over his 152 career games in the NHL thus far he has 9 goals and 13 assists for a total of 22 points but has always been fairly solid in his own end for a bottom pairing defenseman.
There is one more important factor here for the Oilers and that is the value that Davidson has brought them as an asset in the past via trades. Davidson has actually been traded twice by the Oilers, once in each of the last two seasons, and each time he has resulted in at least a decent return for the Oilers. Another team looking for defensive depth at the NHL trade deadline could once again look at Davidson as a potential depth asset which could result in yet another return for the Oilers.