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Booyah! Higher than 75% likelihood McDavid and Draisaitl will signal once more with Edmonton Oilers, NHL insider says

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This in from Day by day Faceoff reporter Frank Seravalli, speaking to Oilers broadcaster Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now, his take that there’s higher than a 75 per cent likelihood Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl will signal new contracts with the Edmonton Oilers down the street.

The dialog began with Stauffer mentioning that now that Los Angeles has signed centre Pierre-Luc Dubois long-term, he thinks the Kings are not within the working for Draisaitl, whose contract has two extra years on it.

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“They’re no longer going to be in on Leon Draisaitl,” mentioned Stauffer, including that he thought the Oilers have a greater than 50 per cent likelihood of conserving each Draisaitl and McDavid.

Simply then, Seravalli lower in. “I believe it’s manner greater than that. I believe it’s higher than 75 per cent. Anybody would transfer heaven and earth to get considered one of them, however what number of locations might they each do it collectively? Certainly one of them will be capable of go someplace else, or each of them will be capable of go to separate locations, however the place can each of them go on the similar time and never have to begin yet again?”

It’s not a tough promote to get gamers to come back to Edmonton, Seravalli mentioned, because the Oilers at the moment are one of many 5 – 6 genuine Stanley Cup contenders 12 months in, 12 months out.

Stauffer talked about the variety of stars who’ve signed long-term contracts right here since Daryl Katz took over as proprietor, and Seravalli added that Katz had additionally remodeled the town, alluding to the brand new downtown enviornment district. “I used to go to Edmonton 15 years in the past and I understand how a lot totally different it’s now in comparison with then… It’s the prospect to win that’s sucking folks in. That punches above its weight class with regards to all the opposite issues that some might or might not view as negatives, chilly, darkish, no matter it could be.”

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Free agent gamers take a look at the prospect to win as in comparison with how a lot they are going to be paid, then resolve on their new crew, Seravalli mentioned. “Simply to be clear, I’m not pumping anybody’s tires right here. I’d let you know within the adverse if I felt in a different way.”

My take

1.  First off, right here is to Draisaitl and McDavid, and that goes no matter comes subsequent.

After all, I’ll be thrilled in the event that they play out their careers in Edmonton. That may be huge for the Oilers and for the town. It will make up for lots of arduous instances as an Oilers fan.

However, prior to now, I’ve been enraged by the circumstances of the departures of Oilers superstars like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Chris Pronger. This time, my intention is to want Draisaitl and McDavid properly no matter they do. No, I received’t cheer for them in the event that they play for an opposing crew. However I received’t complain bitterly and I received’t maintain it towards them in the event that they resolve to maneuver on, every having performed a decade for the Oilers and giving their finest at each flip.

In the event that they determine they’re higher off someplace else, that’s OK. They’ve the precise underneath the gamers’ collective settlement with the NHL to maneuver on from Edmonton as soon as their contract is up. In the event that they selected to take action, that’s their enterprise, not my enterprise, not even my enterprise as a lifelong and hardcore fan and passionate Edmonton booster.

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My solely hope is that in the event that they do resolve to maneuver on that the Oilers would verify this truth and commerce them within the last 12 months of their offers so as to get a large return.

2. Seravalli is likely one of the two or three high insiders within the NHL proper now.  He’s acquired nice sources and he’s evidently a grinder. He’s acquired a superb sense of the place issues are headed. He’s additionally right when he suggests he wouldn’t attempt to flatter anybody right here, that he’s calling it like he sees it. That’s his model, to inform it like it’s. It’s encouraging to coronary heart his form of optimistic opinion from him, and I hope he’s basing it on sound insider info and instincts. I believe he’s.

3. It is sensible that McDavid and Draisaitl would keep right here. I’ll get into the explanation why in a second. That mentioned, I believe there’s a good likelihood another crew might signal each of them as free brokers, and even commerce treasured picks and gamers for them, and nonetheless have sufficient cap house and expertise to construct a good crew round them. It will be a problem to take action, however groups would certainly be ready to tear up all the pieces to herald the 2 stars gamers. If each signed with that new crew at a reduction fee — and we already know different gamers are prepared to go play with McDavid and Draisaitl at a reduction — that new crew would have a good likelihood of competing for the Stanley Cup. I’m extra bullish on that prospect than Seravalli.

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4. However why transfer? Why transfer if you’ve acquired it so good in Edmonton? Why transfer if you play in probably the greatest arenas with maybe the most effective participant coaching amenities and dressing room in your complete league?

Beneath Katz, Edmonton can pay no matter it has to pay so as to maintain Draisaitl and McDavid. One would hope that each superstars will maintain their calls for in examine in order that there’s more cash to pay for different gamers, more cash to construct a crew that may compete for the Cup. However wage received’t be a problem with regards to retaining both participant, as Katz has made clear together with his strong historical past of paying to the cap annually and paying further on buy-outs and for greater priced AHL expertise.

5. Whereas Draisaitl and McDavid might in all probability play on one other crew collectively, it’s unlikely that crew might additionally carry of their different good good friend, Darnell Nurse. Or usher in buddies like Evander Kane, Zach Hyman, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and all of the younger Oilers gamers who at the moment are working with McDavid and Draisaitl daily.

Friendship issues. Teammates matter. Fellowship issues.

The truth that the Oilers have evidently performed proper by all these gamers underneath Ken Holland issues.

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The truth that Katz will do no matter it takes to win issues.

6. I’ve little doubt that if the Oilers had had an proprietor like Katz in 1988 that Gretzky wouldn’t have been bought. Katz would have saved that crew collectively and Gretzky would have signed a brand new contract right here so he might maintain successful Stanley Cups together with his nice mates Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe, Jari Kurri and others. What’s higher than successful with your folks, 12 months after 12 months? I believe this can have some attract for Draisaitl and McDavid.

7. The wildcard in all that is how the Oilers do within the subsequent season or two. If issues go bitter as crew, which is very unlikely, perhaps McDavid and Draisailt will re-evaluate and resolve to maneuver on. That’s attainable. However I’m with Seravalli on this that they’re possible in Edmonton.

The ability of friendship, fellowship and neighborhood, together with the lure of successful Cups as Edmonton Oilers, similar to Wayne Gretzky and his buddies did, will win out.

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