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Edmonton Oilers 2021 Offseason

Created by: ZeusGodSquad
Initial Creation Date: May 28, 2021
Published: May 28 at 3:13
Team: 2021-22 Edmonton Oilers
Team Explanation
Alright... here we go... scorched earth...

Zach Hyman - Exactly the player that the Oilers desperately need, a winger that can put up points, skate with McDavid, and can muck it up and provide lots of energy. 5.5 x 6 seems fair even if its a year longer than comfortable.

Blake Coleman - Another perfect Oilers fit. Good style of play for the Oilers and a skillset that can be shifted up, down, and around the lineup. 4 x 4 should be fair but wouldn't pay or go more term than that if its a bidding war.

Linus Ullmark - Can the Oilers PLEASE get a reliable goalie?? On a team as bad as the Sabres there was one shining star in Linus Ullmark. Not a huge sample size this year due to some nagging injuries but had the 6th ranked SV% at 5 on 5 in the NHL this year... not bad. He's performed well the last 3 seasons and could finally be the answer in net for this team. There is lots of talk of Dreidger instead of Ullmark, but I prefer Ullmark here. Firstly, Dreidger will most likely be selected in the expansion draft, and secondly he put up good numbers behind a very good Panthers team, as well as his playoff performance. Would not be upset with either but Ullmark would be my number 1.

Nugent Hopkins - KEEP NUGE FOREVER... that's all that needs to be said

Kailer Yamamoto - One of our best young players, bridge deal should be the smart way to go

Adam Larsson - A surprisingly good year on the 3rd pair for the Oil. Under sheltered minutes he performed very well defensively in my opinion and was a force along the boards and in getting dangerous pucks out of the zone. While he provides virtually nothing offensively, that is not what he will be paid for. Assuming Klefbom is healthy it would be nice to be able to pair the two swedes back together on the 2nd line. A bit of a pay decrease seems reasonable for someone that is purely a defensive defenseman, but if the Oilers can get 4 more years of a steady Adam Larsson, that would definitely be welcomed.

Jujhar Khaira - Extremely inconsistent but a big body that can cycle pucks and play with an edge to his game, small contract that can't hurt if it goes sour on the 4th line

BUYOUTS:

Neal & Koskinen - Overpaid for the services they bring, Neal has a very team friendly buyout that should be taken advantage of and unless you can find a GM to take on Koskinen for a pick or prospect he should be bought out as well

DEFENSE:

The way I saw the playoffs for the Oilers was that the defense was more than adequate, but the Oilers got out-goalie'd by Vezina winner Hellebuyck. Getting Klefbom back (fingers crossed), and the continued development of Nurse, Jones, Bouchard and Broberg should make a decent defensive group for Edmonton. Signing or trading for someone would just set their development back in my opinion.

FNAL THOUGHTS:

This team is so much more improved from last year and I believe stays the same defensively. Its clear the offense is much improved with the FA acquisitions and I think the defense should remain reliable with a decent mixture of young and old and offense and defense. Goaltending as well I believe is much improved with a sort of 1A and 1B system around Smith and Ullmark, the idea being Skinner can potentially come up next year and serve as backup.

Will all this happen? Probably not, but a sad Oiler fan can dream...

Let me know if i'm way out to lunch on any of these deals or if I have gone crazy thanks.
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Yamamoto, Kailer2$2,500,000
Skinner, Stuart2$825,000
Benson, Tyler2$850,000
Kahun, Dominik1$1,000,000
Marody, Cooper1$950,000
Khaira, Jujhar1$1,500,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Hyman, Zach6$5,500,000
Ullmark, Linus5$5,000,000
Smith, Mike1$1,500,000
Larsson, Adam4$3,000,000
Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan6$5,500,000
Coleman, Blake4$4,000,000
Haas, Gaëtan2$1,000,000
Trades
1.
EDM
    SEA
    1. Kassian, Zack
    2. Safin, Ostap
    3. 2022 2nd round pick (EDM)
    Additional Details:
    In an attempt to keep Caleb Jones from Seattle during the expansion draft, trading away a 2nd round pick and prospect Safin might be something for the Kraken to consider. Would even be willing to pay more for this deal to go through.
    Buyouts
    • Andrej Sekera: $1,500,000
    • James Neal: $1,916,667
    • Mikko Koskinen: $1,500,000
    Retained Salary Transactions
    • Milan Lucic: $750,000 (13%)
    Buried
    • Kyle Turris: $525,000 ($1,650,000)
    • Kris Russell: $125,000 ($1,250,000)
    DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
    2021
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    PIT
    EDM
    2022
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    2023
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    EDM
    ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
    23$81,500,000$78,113,839$669,339$2,157,500$3,386,161
    Left WingCenterRight Wing
    Hyman, Zach
    $5,500,000
    LW, RW
    NMC
    UFA - 7
    EDM
    McDavid, Connor
    $12,500,000
    C
    UFA - 5
    EDM
    Puljujärvi, Jesse
    $1,175,000
    RW
    RFA - 1
    EDM
    Nugent-Hopkins, Ryan
    $5,500,000
    LW, C
    NMC
    UFA - 8
    EDM
    Draisaitl, Leon
    $8,500,000
    C, LW, RW
    UFA - 4
    EDM
    Yamamoto, Kailer
    $2,500,000
    RW, C
    RFA - 1
    Coleman, Blake
    $4,000,000
    LW, RW
    NTC
    UFA - 6
    EDM
    McLeod, Ryan
    $834,167
    C
    RFA - 1
    EDM
    Holloway, Dylan
    $925,000
    C, LW, RW
    RFA - 3
    EDM
    Benson, Tyler
    $850,000
    LW
    RFA - 1
    EDM
    Khaira, Jujhar
    $1,500,000
    C, LW
    UFA - 2
    EDM
    Archibald, Josh
    $1,500,000
    RW, LW
    UFA - 1
    Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
    EDM
    Nurse, Darnell
    $5,600,000
    LD
    UFA - 1
    EDM
    Bear, Ethan
    $2,000,000
    RD
    RFA - 1
    Ullmark, Linus
    $5,000,000
    G
    NMC
    UFA - 4
    EDM
    Klefbom, Oscar
    $4,167,000
    LD
    NTC
    UFA - 2
    EDM
    Larsson, Adam
    $3,000,000
    RD
    NTC
    UFA - 4
    EDM
    Smith, Mike
    $1,500,000
    G
    UFA - 2
    EDM
    Jones, Caleb
    $850,000
    LD
    RFA - 1
    EDM
    Bouchard, Evan
    $863,333
    RD
    RFA - 2
    ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
    EDM
    Broberg, Philip
    $863,333
    LD
    RFA - 3
    EDM
    Kahun, Dominik
    $1,000,000
    LW, RW, C
    UFA
    EDM
    Haas, Gaëtan
    $1,000,000
    C
    UFA

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    May 28 at 4:11
    #1
    Springer0397
    Joined: Feb 2018
    Posts: 67
    Likes: 19
    Firstly, I appreciate the thought out description. I do like the signings other than Coleman. Also Ik a lot of people like Caleb Jones but I don’t really understand why? If he gets taken in the expansion draft I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. Very good overall.
    May 28 at 5:07
    #2
    Thread Starter
    Joined: Aug 2020
    Posts: 11
    Likes: 1
    Thank you. The Coleman deal I could take it or leave it, I just like the thought of that Mcleod - Holloway - Coleman 3rd line but I agree that if it becomes a bidding war leave it. As for Jones I would give it another year fully in the lineup to see how he develops, I like his advanced analytics numbers and his two-way game. He'll most likely also be pushed out by Broberg soon if he develops into the player Holland believes he'll be, at which point you can recoup some value by trading him as an RFA at the end of the year, instead of losing him for nothing at the expansion draft. Plus Kassian needs to go, no better spot to try to dump him than in Seattle with a little sugar.
     
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