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Edmonton Local Carter Hart May Be Oilers Target in Offseason

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Life is pretty good for the Edmonton Oilers and its fanbase right now. With a big Tuesday night win, they have surpassed the Seattle Kraken for third place in the Pacific Division and have won five of their past seven outings.

But while there are plenty of positives, goaltending remains a concern. After five straight starts in which he allowed a combined 24 goals, Jack Campbell has been stapled to the bench in favor of Stuart Skinner. The latter has played, though having to rely on the rookie so heavily isn’t ideal for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.

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Nevertheless, with the trade deadline having come and gone, there is no help coming to step in and replace the struggling Campbell this season. In a perfect world, he would get another opportunity and take advantage of it, but based on what we have seen to this point, it is hard to envision that happening. So, with that said, it appears the Oilers’ goaltending is what it is this season. However, that doesn’t mean things won’t change over the summer.

Flyers Could Make Hart Available

After yet another disappointing season, the Philadelphia Flyers appear set to blow things up in the summer and are even reportedly willing to move goaltender Carter Hart for the right price, according to a recent report from Elliotte Friedman. The now 24-year-old was viewed as the league’s most promising young netminder just a few short years ago but has struggled to develop into the star most had envisioned to this point. (from ‘Sam Carchidi: Rookie Carter Hart alters Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltending outlook,’ Toronto Star, 12/22/18).

Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Of course, plenty, if not all, of Hart’s struggles have to do with the team in front of him, as he has not been put in a position to succeed behind a poorly built roster. He is still very young, meaning that if he is up for grabs this summer, several teams will show interest, as there is still a ton of untapped potential in the Sherwood Park native.

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While acquiring Hart wouldn’t be easy for the Oilers to pull off, it is something they should be looking into. Not only is he a local talent who would likely marvel at the thought of playing in front of friends and family, but he could form a phenomenal young goaltending duo along with Skinner. His $3.79 million cap hit continues through the 2023-24 season, at which point he will still be under team…

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