The big one: A four-team deal

Apparently Buffalo, Carolina, Edmonton and Los Angeles have swung a major, four-team deal that involves Patrick O'Sullivan, Justin Williams, Erik Cole, and Ales Kotalik.

This one's complicated, as you can imagine, but O'Sullivan and Kotalik are going to Edmonton, Cole back to Carolina. There are draft picks involved, too.

UPDATE Buffalo receives a second-round pick (from the Oilers) and the Kings get Williams.

UPDATE My mistake, this looks like a three-team deal with the Kotalik one between Edmonton and Buffalo thrown in afterwards (unless the second-rounder comes from one of the other teams here):

Buffalo trades Ales Kotalik for a second-round pick

Carolina gets Erik Cole for Justin Williams

Edmonton gets Patrick O'Sullivan and Ales Kotalik for Erik Cole

Los Angeles gets Justin Williams for Patrick O'Sullivan and a second-round pick

UPDATE I like what the Oilers have done here. O'Sullivan and Kotalik are both underrated players, and Cole was heavily rumoured to be on the way out anyway. It's a poor trade for the Kings, getting an injury-battered Justin Williams who has really struggled to produce this season and having to also throw in a second-round pick.

He was a phenomenal talent previously but has missed a lot of games lately and this season just hasn't looked right. I'm a big fan of O'Sullivan, and I still think that, at some point, he'll be a top line talent in the NHL.

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