Oilers trade Anders Nilsson to Blues for goalie prospect, 2016 5th-round pick
Edmonton in sell mode ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline
The St. Louis Blues looked Edmonton's way to add some goaltending insurance behind starter Jake Allen ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced Saturday he had acquired Anders Nilsson from the Oilers for fellow goalie Niklas Lundstrom and a fifth-round pick in this June's NHL draft.
The 25-year-old Nilsson appeared in 26 games this season, posting a 10-12-2 record, 3.14 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.
Armstrong ramped up his search for a netminder at least a week ago when Brian Elliott was placed on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury. Elliott reportedly will be sidelined another three weeks.
A third-round pick of the New York Islanders in 2009, Nilsson has suited up for 49 NHL regular-season games, collecting 19 victories to go with a 3.10 GAA and .900 save percentage.
Armstrong said in a news release that Nilsson would be assigned to the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.
The 22-34-7 Oilers are last in the 30-team NHL and obviously sellers as the trade deadline nears.
Lundstrom, 23, has yet to appear in an NHL game, splitting this season between the ECHL's Elmira Jackals and AHL Wolves.
The native of Varmdo, Sweden is 8-3-0 with Elmira and 1-1-0 in four games with the Wolves, sporting a 2.75 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Oilers recall Brossoit
In a related move, Edmonton recalled goalie Laurent Brossoit from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.
The 22-year-old Surrey, B.C., native has appeared in 28 games with the Condors this season, going 15-9-3 with a 2.69 GAA, .919 save percentage and three shutouts. He also represented Bakersfield at the 2016 AHL All-Star Game.
Brossoit has appeared in one game for the Oilers this season, posting 32 saves. In two NHL regular-season contests for Edmonton, he has a 1.45 GAA and .964 save percentage.