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Would You Pay Darnell Nurse $9.25M Per Year?


added 3:01pm, signing is official, press release is below.

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A Good Day For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So, did Ken Holland succeed?

Finally having some salary cap space to work with, on one of the most important days in Edmonton Oilers history, was he able to make his hockey club significantly better?

Was he able to transform his team into a Stanley Cup contender going forward with the Connor McDavid-Leon Draisaitl window officially now wide open?

Are the Oilers now better?

Yes. Absolutely. Definitely.

Good enough to go for it?

Maybe. Possibly. Maybe even probably. But not absolutely. And definitely not definitely.

It’ll take 82 games and at least a month into the playoffs to prove it. But you have to give Holland credit. While he managed to make many Edmonton fans furious with the decision to trade an exceptionally popular player and First Nations role model, Ethan Bear, he had a pretty good day.


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Zach Hyman Signing Is Official In Edmonton

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Zach Hyman to a seven-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.5 million.

Hyman, 29, joins the Oilers after spending six seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs where he appeared in 345 games recording 185 points (86G, 99A) along with 201 PIM and a plus/minus rating of +72.

The 6’1”, 210-pound Toronto native saw action in 43 games last season and ranked fifth among Leaf forwards in goals (15) as well as points (33) with the third-highest plus/minus rating of +19. Seeing an average ice time of 19:32 per game, Hyman recorded eight multi-point games and notched at least one point in 24 of his 43 appearances.

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Mike Smith Signing Is Official In Edmonton

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contract extension with an average annual value of $2.2 million, the team announced Saturday.

The 39-year-old is coming off a strong season that saw him post a 21-6-2 record in 32 regular season appearances, including three shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Smith has played 642 career NHL games with the Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes and Oilers, compiling a 283-254-76 record with 42 shutouts, a 2.69 GAA and .912 save percentage.

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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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added 7:19pm, Edmonton press release added below.

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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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