Edmonton Oilers trade Ethan Bear to Carolina for LW Warren Foegele

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Breaking news on Wednesday morning that Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Ethan Bear to Carolina Hurricanes in return for forward Warren Foegele.

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It’s unknown as yet if there may be more components to the trade.

In Bear, the Oilers had a 24-year-old right shot defender with 132 games of NHL experience, a reasonable contract, and a bright future. That future will now be realized elsewhere.

Foegele, 25, is a two-way left winger who pencils in to the third line, a similar role that he held with the Hurricanes. He arrives with 200 games of NHL experience, which includes three seasons of double-digit goals. In 2021 he scored 10-10-20, +4 in 53 games, playing just over 14 minutes per game. Most of that action was at even strength, with just over 1 minute per game on the penalty kill.

The 6’2, 198 pounder  is a (qualified) restricted free agent with a platform of $2.15 million and an interesting negotiation to come.

More to come.

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