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from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,...

This year he ranks 15th on the list of scariest contracts in the National Hockey League.

The other Oilers connections here are sixth ranked Milan Lucic, who was a Peter Chiarelli signing in Edmonton on that infamous day of July 1, 2016, when a handful of scary contracts were handed out, with underachievers Lucic, Louie Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and David Backes all inking major deals.

Nielsen was signed in Detroit by current Oilers GM Ken Holland, who we can hope learned his lesson, though there’s a rumour that Holland just offered goalie Jacob Markstrom a seven year, $35 million deal....

Here’s 30 more deals, which have now run their course, that didn’t go well.

Ken Holland is in the middle of two of them, paying far too much for Justin Abdelkader and Stephen Weiss.

more on bad contracts handed out around the league...

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Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun takes a look at the changes in the Eastern Conference This on the Wings.

GM Steve Yzerman had one way to go after the Wings finished last overall in 2019-20, winning 17 of 71 games. Bobby Ryan and Troy Stecher get a chance to redeem themselves after being bought out and not qualified respectively. The Wings should win more games, but not enough to make a big dent.

In: RW Bobby Ryan, D Jon Merrill, G Thomas Greiss, D Troy Stecher, LW Vladislav Namestnikov, D Marc Staal, F Riley Barber, F Sam Gagner

Out: G Jimmy Howard, F Justin Abdelkader, D Trevor Daley, D Jonathan Ericsson, D Madison Bowey

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/17/20 at 04:26 AM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com