Sports Roster review: Extensions for Nurse, Strome the top internal priorities for Edmonton Oilers

09:08  14 june  2018
09:08  14 june  2018 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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Roster review : Extensions for Nurse , Strome the top internal priorities for Edmonton Oilers .

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As is the case every June, there is plenty of talk about potential trades in Oil Country just now. The shaky Milan Lucic situation is drawing much of the attention this year, while many turn their eyes further afield to dream of what or who the Oilers should target for acquisition. Much of the General Manager’s attention, however, surrounds the more mundane chores of managing his existing roster.

In all the Edmonton Oilers have some 59 signed players currently associated with the club in some capacity. That’s far more than the 50-man limit but of course this is a time of transition where some new players have come on board even as some departing ones are still technically on the payroll until June 30. There are numerous different categories of player, which can be subdivided into three broad categories of Present, Past and Future. Most players are in the first category and a few others are in an intermediate state. That includes the Restricted Free Agents who represent the key components of Peter Chiarelli’s internal To-Do list.

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Ryan Strome . Centre/RW. When healthy, Klefbom can be a difference maker for the Edmonton Oilers . Adam Larsson. Blessed with size, speed, and skill, Darnell Nurse seems set for a long career in a top four defensive role.

The writing was on the wall back on June 13 when last we looked at the Oilers roster pending these decisions, under the headline Roster review : Extensions for Nurse , Strome the top internal priorities for Edmonton Oilers .

But first I will present the full list in “geologic layers” that will allow us to consider each subset as its own stratum. Let’s start with the core group of signed NHLers.

Not enough forwards, not enough d-men, too many goalies. All three netminders will be on expiring contracts next season (blue background) meaning there will surely be some heavy competition in the blue paint. Best guess is that Al Montoya will be the #3 and will be assigned to the AHL unless he’s claimed by or traded to another NHL team.

The skaters are all in pretty solid, again barring a trade. 9 of the 13 men shown here are locked up for at least two more years (orange background) and much longer than that in many cases. The quartet of d-men all have at least three years to run with an average cap hit approaching $4.5 million.

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Note also the 2×2 matrix at upper left where four forwards will command a cap hit of $33 million for at least three years, and as many as eight for the biggest pact of all. With Connor McDavid‘s second contract now kicking in, the days of heavy discounts are over and the Oilers will need to find their economies elsewhere on the roster.

Most interesting battle may be at right wing where both Ty Rattie and Pontus Aberg are on economy deals for one more year. Each is 25, each was a high second round pick who has taken years to make it this far, and neither is proven as a full-time NHL player. This could easily turn into a personal battle with one clear winner and loser. The Oilers will hold RFA rights on both at season’s end.

A mix of restricted and unrestricted free agents, in two distinct layers. The top row represents Chiarelli’s highest in-house priorities this summer. The four RFAs have all made a fairly solid case to warrant at least a qualifying offer.

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Whereas the three guys on the second line have already departed for points east, even as their contracts linger for now. Chiarelli has the option to make qualifying offers to Anton Slepyshev and Iiro Pakarinen to retain their NHL rights, and I expect he’ll do just that with Slepyshev at minimum. You never know when NHL rights might come into play as a trading chip, as the Oil once experienced with defender Philip Larsen as one example.

Lots of competition here, basically a full line-up. One problem is solved in that Joel Persson will be staying in Sweden this season, while Ryan Mantha’s health status is in doubt. At least one of these goalies will find himself in the ECHL.

Older players listed along the top row, although some of the young ‘uns might work their way up to first call-up position. Player of most interest here is Kailer Yamamoto who will have at least a chance to start the season in the NHL. Same applies for Ethan Bear who played 18 games in the bigs to end last season, although the smart money has him returning to Bakersfield for further development.

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RFAs along the top row, UFAs below. Of the former, Nick Ellis has announced his retirement while Braden Christoffer has already been signed by the organization to an AHL-only pact that will remove him from the 50-man list. Questions remain re: Kyle Platzer and Ben Betker, a pair of 2013 draft picks who haven’t much moved the needle in the 5 years since. Not sure the club thinks enough of either to submit a QO, although they may try to go the Christoffer route. But with the influx of younger talent on the AHL roster, there’s only so much room at the inn.

Of the six UFAs listed at bottom, only Joey LaLeggia and Dillon Simpson are players of interest. Both are Group VI UFA’s who are apt to roll the dice elsewhere. Same goes for Laurent Brossoit who clearly needs a fresh start. Most notable here is the imminent departure of Mark Fayne and his grotesque contract, which will create sufficient cap space to cover a significant fraction of McDavid’s raise.

The Oilers signed their first five draft choices from a rich 2017 draft. Three of them will still be junior-aged on December 31, making their contracts eligible to slide a year if they are returned to their CHL clubs. That’s certain to happen with Dmitri Samorukov and Kirill Maksimov. The Oilers do have an option with Ostap Safin who would be eligible to play in the AHL this year, though it’s not likely a good idea.

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The other two 2017 draftees are “late birthdays” who will turn 20 before the end of the calendar year and thus are ineligible for the slide rule. Both of them — Yamamoto and Stuart Skinner — have a ton of junior experience so there is no reason at all to do anything but turn them pro and begin the next phase of their apprenticeship.

Put it all together and all the players with an Oilers contract history who are technically still with the org are shown here. The colour coding explained above is also recorded in the key along the bottom row.

Bottom line, the Oilers have 41 contracts which will carry over into next season, with 3 of them destined to slide. That leaves as many as 12 spots to sign additional players, though the quartet of Nurse, Strome, Caggiula and Benning are apt to swallow up a third of those spots. With the Oilers having made recent moves to add/retain the likes of Nolan Vesey and Patrick Russell, it seems likely the door is closing on other depth players who have yet to re-up. Which would leave Chiarelli with eight spots — realistically six plus a cushion — to sign new players this off-season.

Of course, the other external factor, trades, could upset the apple cart and mess with the numbers game, both on the cap hit front as well as the 50-man list. For now the Oilers have moves to make and a diminishing supply of cap space with which to make them.

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Could The Oilers Actually Trade Milan Lucic? .
(heavy breathing) Yesterday I wrote about how Milan Lucic needs to have a bounce-back season for the Edmonton Oilers in 2018-19. Today, there’s some talk that the Oilers might actually be looking at moving the left winger who has term and salary, which, I’ve got to be honest, I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around. Lucic comes with term (five more years) and a lot of cap hit (6MM a year). There’s that pesky no-movement clause that the Oilers will have to work around as well. Add to the mix that Milan Lucic had (by just about anyone’s standards) a bad season last year. and moving him seems like an unlikely scenario. Or is it? My understanding, and the reason that Milan Lucic is on our (trade) list is because, from my understanding they’re trying and talking to teams about potentially taking another contract back even if that means sweetening the pot with a pick or some other roster player in order to make it happen. They are pushing, or at least doing their due diligence and working to try and move on from Milan Lucic if they can. (Frank Seravalli, The Lowdown with Lowetide) Well hellooooo there. NO OFFER IS TOO RIDICULOUS! I’m not suggesting that the Oilers trade Milan Lucic at all costs, but I am suggesting that the Oilers try to trade him atmost costs. He just turned 30 years of age today, he’s got five more years on his deal at six million per year. He scored 34 points last year.

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