August is just around the corner and the Edmonton Oilers brass must be on vacation because it is pretty quiet in Oilerville. Seeing that it’s very quiet I thought it’s a perfect time to sit back and reflect on the Oilers.
I saw a tweet that posed the question to fans and media: would you rather have Franson on a 3 year deal or Seabrook on a 7 or 8 year deal. This author’s position was he would rather have Franson on a short term deal. This is the kind of thinking that makes me giggle as an Oiler fan. I hear it all the time, or read it on Twitter. Just because we want it as Oiler fans doesn’t mean anyone else involved does. Franson could likely get $5-$5.5 on a 2 or 3 year deal from anyone – so, why would he choose to come here? Would we want to overpay in order to make the deal work over 3 years? Doubtful. Franson is looking for term, like every UFA his age always is.
The Oilers have a lot of NHL defensemen (contract and potentially) and not a lot of viable options on what to do with them if they want to further tweak the back end. Ference, Nikitin and Schultz represent contracts that don’t have much bang for the buck. Buying anyone out this year doesn’t make any sense. The new brass needs to see how the on-ice product looks and how the team plays together before they make any more little tweaks that cost the team long term money. Buying out players this year makes no sense. We don’t know if we have a contender or a pretender. I would assume that the Oilers will move forward into the new season status quo, unless a Seabrook extension is not reached in Chicago and they decide to move him.
This evening, the Chicago Blackhawks traded Patrick Sharp and his $5.9 million cap hit to the Dallas Stars for Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt. The Stars retain half of Garbutt’s salary and now the Hawks are sitting with about a 1/2 million in cap space and 14 forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goalies signed.
So, it is sounding more and more like there are actual talks between Chicago and Edmonton regarding the all-star rearguard. It seems like there is growing debate between Oiler fans and media regarding Seabrook’s value long term.
The oilers came out of the draft on Friday with 3 things checked off their things to do list:
- Number one center
- NHL Defensemen
The largest amount of debate amongst Oiler fans is where they stand on the apparent value of Dougie Hamilton and how the Oilers couldn’t have landed him for a similar or better package and what they gave up for Reinhart.
The N.H.L. Entry Draft is just around the corner and Oiler fans are an anxious bunch in anticipation of what may unfold before our eyes on Friday. Newly hired General manager Peter Chiarelli needs to find a goalie and a defenceman or two if this team has any hope at future success. Here are my “hopeful” guesses as to how this unfolds.
1. Connor Mcdavid is drafted first overall. I don’t need to expand.
2. The Oilers use the 16th overall pick and select a centre or a defenceman.
3. The Oilers use the 33rd pick and draft a centre or defenceman.
4. The Oilers trade the 57th pick and a prospect or later pick for Cam Talbot or a similar calibre goalie.
5. The Oilers trade the 79th pick and a cheap contract player for a second pairing N.H.L. defenceman to a team in cap hell.
Chiarelli leaves Florida with Mcdavid, a starting goalie and an average defenceman. If he can pull this off then he has done a great job!
I can’t wait for Friday to unfold and I’m just pounding the Oilers koolaid!!!
Keep the Faith!!!