The Edmonton Oilers are almost at 23, nothing left but the final pieces. Does the team send Anton Slepyshev to the minors for a week or so, while also signing Chris Kelly for the season? Or set Kelly free, keep Slepyshev in town and spot him as a fourth liner through October? Or, as many online suggest, should PC get aggressive and chase more substantial solutions?
PROJECTED OPENING NIGHT ROSTER
- The lines are not in order but that isn’t the point of this exercise.
- Sending Jesse Puljujarvi down relieves a lot of the cap issues. Seriously. Now, I think he’ll be back soon, but the gap between JP and Kailer Yamamoto’s potential bonuses is significant.
- The team can LTIR Andrej Sekera but it’s a sticky wicket and those bonuses cannot be exceeded heading into the 97 mega-contract beginning 2018 fall. PC would need to run right up to the cap without the bonuses included, meaning it would be necessary to: Sign $8.6 million in talent today, LTIR Sekera and probably keep Puljujarvi in the minors until all of his bonus potential burns off. I don’t think he’s going to do it.
- The club does have over $3M to spend, that could bring in a reasonable free agent. If the team were to sign someone in the $2.5 million range, that would leave enough cap room for the season. As an example, a veteran RW replaces Kailer Yamamoto (he of the $925,000 contract) and the team cuts into that $3,398,300 cap room but about $1.5 million. That’s the scenario that fits in my opinion, meaning no Jagr.
I’m told by a member of the Iginla family that the #Oilers & Jarome Iginla talks have reopened. Oil wanna see Yamamoto first in reg-season..
— Joshua Marshall (@JMarshyBosco93) October 2, 2017
This is an interesting idea and fits with Peter Chiarelli’s modus operandi. Iginla could be trigger man on the power play and perhaps play on the Leon Draisaitl line, but speed would be an issue. Not certain this happens but it’s an interesting and reasonable rumor.
- Todd McLellan on Chris Kelly: “We didn’t bring him here just to put him in a tryout situation, we brought him here because we believe he can still play in the league and contribute. It’s going to be an important exhibition season for him, we see him being a penalty killer, a third or fourth-line role player, with a ton of experience. Very fit and skates well.” Source
- Brad Malone: He was 71gp, 11-17-28 in the AHL last year.
- Grayson Downing: He went 59gp, 9-16-25 in two AHL stops.
- Josh Currie: 67gp, 22-14-36 in 2016-17, played quite a bit with JP.
- Kyle Platzer: He was 51gp, 1-7-8 but I swear he’s a better player.
- Joe Gambardella: Cup of coffee saw him score 6gp, 1-2-3 at the end of the season.
I’ll guess Josh Currie as the first man up for Puljujarvi as a center and the big Finn was successful on a line with Joey Laleggia playing the other wing. The deepest spot in Bakersfield is RW, so that’s going to be an interesting situation. Ty Rattie would probably be 1R entering the season.
I’m glad he’s back in the league and we’ll get to see him a lot this season. It was a beautiful dream but PC has been steadfast in looking at the department of youth during the entire camp. Start as you mean to go. As for Jagr in Calgary, I can’t cheer against him so it’s going to be an interesting winter.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A very busy weekend and lots of breaking news this morning. Scheduled to appear beginning at 10 this morning,TSN 1260.
- Pierre Lebrun, TSN and The Athletic. Jagr to Calgary and various other moves that may take place.
- Andy McNamara, TSN. Crazy NFL weekend, some gigantic upsets.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Eskimos free fall, Yamamoto makes the Oilers.
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!