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Zach Hyman is Going To End Up In Edmonton

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Video- How Would Zach Hyman Do In Edmonton?

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What Is Adam Larsson Going To Do?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Good-bye to Adam Larsson? Say it ain’t so.

There’s been rumblings all week from Bob Stauffer on Oilers New that a new contract between Larsson, 28, and the Oilers is no sure thing. These rumblings only grew louder over the weekend with first the Cult of Hockey’s Kurt Leavins reporting the Oilers may now be looking at signing Tyson Barrie and not Larsson. Wrote Leavins: “I do get mixed signals on the status of the (Larsson) negotiation. One source that would have an opportunity to speak with both sides in that negotiation thinks Larsson may in fact hit the UFA market, if for no other reason that to see which way the wind is blowing. When Philadelphia acquired Ryan Ellis on Saturday, I believe that subtracted Larsson’s most likely suitor from the equation. But there could be others, including Seattle. Edmonton is also still talking with Tyson Barrie. I wonder if in the event that Larsson walks, does Barrie sign here instead and fill that hole at 2RD? The price tag may not be much different.”

Next, US hockey weriter Frank Seravalli said much the same on the Daily Face-off podcast. As the OilersAccess account on Twitter put it: “Frank Seravalli says that at this point, the Oilers and Adam Larsson are unlikely to get something and Larsson will head to the market. He adds that Tyson Barrie has a real chance to stay in Edmonton.”

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Quoting Ken Holland On The Caleb Jones/Duncan Keith Trade

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, his take on the trade that saw Edmonton acquire Duncan Keith for a third round draft pick and Caleb Jones.

The key quotes:

- “It’s hard to pass up a player that has got as much experience and success as Duncan Keith. Not only will Duncan help us on the ice but he’ll be a tremendous leader in the locker room… Obviously excited today, a legitimate Top 4 defenceman and I know Duncan is very, very excited.”

- Holland defended the Blackhawks not retaining any of Keith’s $5.5 million per salary. “If we were to retain up to 50 per cent, if we were getting Duncan Keith at $2.75 (million per year) the price would have been a lot higher than it was today. Chicago is getting a young defenceman in Caleb Jones that was in and out of our line-up, who we were hoping to grow into a regular spot, and a third round draft pick. They are excited to get Caleb Jones…. If we wanted to have low salary, we would have had to put in more assets.”

- Asked by Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic whether he could have done better on the Keith deal, Holland said, “What, do you want me to get him for free? You want a lesser price? You want Caleb Jones? You don’t want the draft pick? You want them to retain 50 per cent? Which would you like me to do? Do you want me to get them to retain money? Or do you think I paid too high a price with Caleb Jones and a third round pick?

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Duncan Keith Headed To Edmonton

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Duncan Keith In Edmonton Could Work

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

While the Edmonton Oilers pursue Duncan Keith in a trade as a second-pairing left defenceman because of Oscar Klefbom’s serious shoulder repair, there is one overriding issue.

After unrestricted free-agent forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ signing, general manager Ken Holland was asked if that meant the Oilers were now protecting seven forwards and only three defencemen.

“Yes,” he said. No stick-handling.

So, if Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear are automatics and Holland gets unrestricted free-agent Adam Larsson signed before the expansion lists have to be finalized July 17, that gives him his three defencemen. So, where does that put Keith? Does this mean any possible deal for Keith has to come after the July 21 Seattle expansion draft and the NHL amateur draft July 23-24?

Does this mean Chicago has to use up a defence-protected spot on Keith, who has a no-move clause, and possibly lose Riley Stillman? Yes, it does. So, as Holland works away at trying to get the 2015 Conn Smythe playoff MVP, trying to get Keith’s cap hit down into the $3-million range through Chicago Blackhawks cap retention or the Oilers off-loading an undesired body or a left D prospect and a draft pick in 2022, nothing is imminent. Caleb Jones’s name keeps coming up in a trade, but he could also be picked by Seattle. Dmitry Samorukov might make more sense to the Hawks because he’s bigger and the Hawks are chock full of talented smaller D.

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8-Year Deal For Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

 

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A Big Year For Ken Holland

from Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal,

I see Ken Holland as the hockey executive version of Nolan Ryan. Holland was set to ease into semi-retirement after a few poor seasons in Detroit. Some thought then that Ken had perhaps “lost his fastball”. After winning the Central Division 10 times, the President’s Trophy 4 times, 3 Stanley Cups and more wins in the Stanley Cup Playoff than any other team during his stretch, maybe he was “done”? Didn’t have “it”, anymore? Detroit had its sights set on Steve Yzerman leading the club back to its former glory. Holland spent his last couple years there trading off assets and basically paving the road for Yzerman’s return to The Motor City. Holland would then gracefully step upstairs for the organization that he had done so much to build and win with.

But something funny happened on the way to the Forum…or was that Joe Lewis Arena? Holland decided the fire still burned within, and he instead accepted an offer from Bob Nicholson to run the Edmonton Oilers for the next 5 years. In his 2 years so far, and with his back to the NHL cap wall, Holland has guided his club into the playoffs both seasons. That shouldn’t be minimized, although it is 100% true that the results in the post-season for the Holland-era Oilers are not there yet. But now in the Summer of 2021, with at least $23m in cap space…Holland has a chance to prove that the fastball he used to help build a dynasty before in Detroit is still there. And as an ultra-competitive guy, I can’t help but think that would motivate Ken Holland. A lot.

Some of his detractors rankle when Holland waxes on poetic about his Detroit years. “What have you done for me lately”, those fans ask? A lot of people in this town don’t like to lean on the past. The intervening (losing) seasons have soured more than a few on that act. It’s understandable. But this is the off-season where Holland can silence those critics and even put a punctuation mark on his own Hall of Fame career at the same time.

With a hard, high-heater of an off-season, Holland can turn his 11th ranked but under-achieving Oilers club into a legit Stanley Cup contender. And no one would be able to quibble with that.

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Ken Holland Today

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

Ken Holland took to Zoom for an expansive, dare I say rambling press conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the demise of the 2021 version of the Edmonton Oilers he manages, and to respond to reporters’ questions as to how he plans to improve his club going forward.

65 minutes later, after many variations on the theme of “I’ve lived it, I’ve done it” and reminiscences of his long years of experience in Detroit, the two most interesting items to these ears were the two questions he answered most directly. So let’s start there.

Holland mentioned the names of his pending unrestricted free agents on a number of occasions, but was most forthcoming on the future of the oldest of them. When asked if he intended to bring back his 39-year-old netminder, he answered in a single syllable, “Yes”, and it didn’t take more than a few seconds before he made it crystal clear: “Yes I do want to re-sign Mike Smith“....

Another Oiler who was singled out by Holland in the presser was forward Devin Shore. When Stauffer asked about him specifically, Holland praised the player’s versatility, ability to play either centre or wing or to wait his turn in the press box without creating waves. Invited to camp on a Professional Tryout, Shore earned a one-year contract at NHL minimum, cleared waivers a couple of times, but became something close to a full time player down the stretch, primarily as a bottom six LW, bringing physicality and penalty killing to the mix. While his path to making the team superficially resembles that of Alex Chiasson a couple of years ago, presumably a Shore extension would come a whole lot cheaper. He is a restricted free agent for one thing, and he didn’t have a career season in the manner that Chiasson did in 2018-19....

Otherwise, Holland spoke in generalities rather than specifics, returning to some takes time and time again. His initial comment was that he is “obviously disappointed, any time you don’t win the Stanley Cup, you’re disappointed… I was proud of our guys, lots of positive steps made this year. The pain that we’re feeling today is a good thing, it means we were good enough to have aspirations to go on a playoff run.”

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Video- Connor McDavid Today

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Connor McDavid talked about the core the Oilers have built and his future with the team going forward.

 

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