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Apr 21, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>oilsince95</b></div><div>Either Neal or Koski should be bought out as soon as possible to have some room to play with, and I would not do the Bear trade and Barrie signing for both cap reasons, and because I don't think Barrie is actually a top pair RHD either anyway outside of his pp time which Bouch should have. But other than that, I would be fine starting Smith Koski and making a trade mod season to offload Koski to someone with injuries and bring in another great goalie at the deadline. As long as one top 6 LW is signed I will be okay with things, a 3C can emerge from within or be acquired later. But, don't think Turris Beata out McLeod or Holloway in camp, they will look better</div></div>
My thing with Bear is that I think he's got value but I think that his timeline doesn't mix well with this group. You've seen what Barrie can do with this group, how can you not want him back? Yes we have Bouchard, but there's no telling Bouchard can replicate Barrie's offense. I don't think the Oilers can risk that. Which is why I think Bear is the guy to go. He's got enough value to get picks back which we sorely need, and this gives Bouchard a direct line into the lineup while not having to carry the offense since he's got Barrie to learn from.
If you remove Barrie and insert Bear, we'd be less experience (we already have Lagesson-Bouchard as third pair), and we won't be able to recoup the picks we've lost.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>alwaysnextyear</b></div><div>I'd read somewhere that it's possible that Klefbom might not be back because of his injury. Probably better to hang onto Jones if you can, and sign the other UFA Dmen after expansion.</div></div>
I think we protect: McDavid, Puljujarvi, Nuge, Draisaitl, Benson, Marody, Yamamoto, Nurse, Bear, Larsson***. So regardless I think Jones is gone, I'd keep the other 3 dmen in front of Jones. You're right about Klefbom though. I really hope he comes back but his health is the most important thing.
Assuming Klefbom goes on LTIR, I'd go after Oleksiak or Martinez on 1-2 year deals at less than 3.5M. There's not a lot of top 4 LHD out there so I'm not sure signing one in FA this offseason is the right answer.