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Can we already know what two Edmonton Oilers RFA's are signing for?: 9 Issues

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If you’re already in search of methods to interchange Evan Bouchard or Ryan McLeod on the Edmonton Oilers roster…don’t waste your time.

Not less than not within the short-term.

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Each gamers are coming again, and on offers that the membership is able to stick dealing with round for 2023-24.

Particulars on these two excellent Oilers RFA’s and extra on this version of…

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9. Video Coach Jeremy Coupal is leaving the group after greater than a half-dozen years with the membership. You can depend on one hand the variety of NHL groups the place the fan base might title anybody on this place.

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8. I’ve it on pretty good authority that Raphael Lavoie was provided a good-looking (by AHL requirements) sum on the minor league finish of a brand new, 2-way contract from the Oilers. However as everyone knows by now, Lavoie as an alternative took the qualifying supply made to him which is his proper.

7. Oilers legend Charlie Huddy has been inducted into the Alberta Hockey Corridor of Fame. I’ve written up to now how Huddy must be a frontrunner to the brand new Edmonton Oilers Corridor of Fame. He’s one among solely seven Oilers to have performed for all 5 cup profitable groups, in spite of everything.

6. Tomas Nosek has inked a 1-year, $1m deal in New Jersey. The Oilers had curiosity in him as properly, for near the identical cash. Nosek may even see the chance for extra ice-time with the Devils. I nonetheless assume Edmonton will signal a 4C, however each the match and the cash should be proper. Extra on why, in a minute…

5. Talking of legends like Huddy, Leon Draisaitl will in all probability go a few them this season on the all-time franchise assists listing. Draisaitl goes into 2023-24 with 438 helpers in Oilers colours. Simply forward of him are Oilers legends Paul Coffey (460) and Glenn Anderson (489). Each Leon and Connor McDavid (547) are chasing Jari Kurri for 3rd on the all-time listing (569).

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4. I had a communication with Bob Stauffer this week who stories that various his huge title, insider friends will certainly return to Oilers Now in its new late afternoon/early night timeslot come Fall: Elliotte Friedman, Frank Seravalli and Brian Lawton, in addition to Edmonton icon Louie DeBrusk. That must be welcome information to the sizeable listening radio viewers that stretches from Pink Deer north.

3. One factor the Oilers have managed to do that low season is considerably enhance the roster at AHL Bakersfield. Ben Gleason and Noel Hoefenmayer are welcome additions on the blueline together with relative newcomer Cam Dineen, and veterans Drake Caggiula and Lane Pederson up entrance (who could possibly assist on the NHL degree, however I count on each to be within the AHL). And the entire Oilers high prospects are again. Similar to all prospects, whereas not all will progress in a straight line. However it’s cheap to count on an over-all up-tick with an additional yr of professional expertise below their collective belts.

2. The Ryan McLeod contract watch continues. The speedy Middle’s arbitration date is scheduled for August 4th, which is rapidly sneaking up on us. However a member of the group stated to me lately, and emphatically: “It’ll get executed.” I count on will probably be a 2-year deal, with an AAV near $2m. McLeod is just about written into the 3C slot in pen. He’s a extremely efficient 5v5 performer, his wheels and smarts make him a superb PK man. And he can in all probability choose up just a few extra shifts right here and there on a seldom-used 2nd PP Unit. And after taking a really club-friendly deal final season I don’t count on the group to grind McLeod excessively. They want him.

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1.The truth is, logic dictates that each Ryan McLeod and Evan Bouchard and the Oilers are “shut,” and that each can be sewn up with new contracts lengthy earlier than coaching camp hits. I don’t assume that the current Vince Dunn deal is as a lot of a number one measure for a Bouchard contract within the quick time period, no less than not as a lot because the one signed by Bowen Byram (for an AAV of $3.85m). Like McLeod, I count on Bouchard to ink a 2-year deal. That’s in all probability within the pursuits of each the participant and the membership. However I might not be stunned if Bouchard’s pay-day got here in a notch greater than Byram…awfully near $4 million.

It’s possible you’ll not just like the numbers for these two offers. With a mixed AAV of (allow us to say) $6m, you could assume there wouldn’t sufficient left to signal the legit 4C that I discussed earlier in that article. And if Edmonton had been to go along with a conventional roster, I believe you’ll be proper in your considerations.

However until one thing actually breaks strongly within the Oilers favor, I count on they’re planning to go along with 22 or (much more seemingly) simply 21 gamers on the massive membership. With border restrictions a factor of the previous, an additional set of legs is only a airplane trip away.

What that state of affairs does do, nevertheless, is make that twenty first slot one {that a} dependable, well-rounded, multi-purpose participant must fill.

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