July 16, 2024

Dec 1, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Alex Tuch (89) celebrates his goal with teammates during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

I Will Leave For Him To Play.” Buffalo Sabres star confirms he will leave…

In a move that came a bit out of left field on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Ryan McLeod and Tyler Tullio to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for top prospect Matt Savoie. This trade has sparked debate among fans and analysts, both on the Oilers and Sabres sides, raising the crucial question: who won the trade?

On one side, the Oilers part with Ryan McLeod, a solid contributor who tallied 30 points in 81 games last season. McLeod’s speed is one of his standout attributes, with NHL Edge metrics placing him in the elite category for top speed and total speed bursts. At just 24 years old, McLeod also recorded 16 goals last season, including four in the playoffs. His departure has shocked many Oilers fans, who recognize his value despite his flaws.

Edmonton essentially needed to make a trade to clear cap space after a busy free agency opening. McLeod was being pushed downward with every new signing and he was likely to start the season on the Oilers fourth line. While he’s got speed and skill, he’s not physical and doesn’t play with an edge. He became one of the clear choices to get a little financial breathing room.

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