The Arizona Coyotes are probably an ideal match for trade this summer. The Oilers are apparently all about OEL (Pierre Lebrun recently stated he had no doubt Edmonton would be a suitor among many for him if the Swede doesn’t sign in Phoenix) and might be open to acquiring some expensive contracts if the overpay is substantial. I’m thinking the first-round pick, or Jesse Puljujarvi or maybe Oscar Klefbom. Edmonton might be doing something drastic, and the Coyotes are a possibility. None of these moves are recommended by this blog.
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DESERT WINDS, YEAR OVER YEAR
- March 2016: 2-0-0, goal differential +5 (4 points)
- March 2017: 2-0-0, goal differential +4 (4 points)
- March 2018: 0-2-0, goal differential -3 (0 points)
- March 4, 2016: Columbus 6, Edmonton 3 (Source)
- March 10, 2017: Pittsburgh 3, Edmonton 2 (SO) (Source)
Gack! March has been a good month for Todd McLellan during his Oilers run but this season is a different story. A lost campaign means the minds are wandering and (as we saw Saturday) not everyone is ready to sing from the same page of the songbook.
AFTER 65, YEAR OVER YEAR
- Oilers 15-16: 24-34-7, goal differential -44 (55 points)
- Oilers 16-17: 35-22-8, goal differential +18 (78 points)
- Oilers 17-18: 27-34-4, goal differential -35 (58 points)
- March 3, 2016: Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 0 (Source)
- March 7, 2017: NY Islanders 4, Edmonton 1 (Source)
Edmonton is on pace for 73 points based on the first 65 games of the year. Really we’re down to Connor McDavid winning another scoring championship, 75 points for Leon, 20 goals for Nuge and how close to 15 can Jesse Puljujarvi get before game 82.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MARCH
- At home to: Nashville, NY Rangers, Arizona, NY Islanders, Minnesota (Expected 2-3-0) (Actual 0-2-0)
- On the road to: Calgary (Expected 0-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: San Jose (Expected 0-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Ottawa (Expected 1-2-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- At home to: Los Angeles, Anaheim, Columbus (Expected 2-1-0) (Actual 0-0-0)
- On the road to: Vancouver, Calgary (Expected 1-0-1) (Actual 0-0-0)
- Overall expected result: 6-7-3, 15 points in 16 games
- Current results: 0-2-0, 0 points in two games
There are games I’m looking forward to, Islanders, Flames twice, maybe the club can ruin some California fun. That final Vancouver game might be for lottery position, incredibly.
Adam Boqvist (2018) currently has 14 goals in Sweden's top junior circuit. That is 2nd all time by a 17 YO Dman behind Lars Jonsson (by 1) and ahead of both Hedman and Erik Karlsson (also by 1) and Adam did it in 10 fewer games than all 3. Credit @eliteprospects pic.twitter.com/NZL3qm2c4M
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) March 5, 2018
If you forced me to give you an answer on who Edmonton might have on their list after Dahlen (among defencemen) my guess is Quinn Hughes (followed, probably, by Evan Bouchard). However, Adam Boqvist is a fascinating name (I have him at No. 6) and maybe he’s the pick. I’ll have the ’93 best players in the 2018 draft’ up in the next few days.
ARIZONA, TAKE OFF YOUR RAINBOW SHADES
The Dave Bolland trade burns off summer 2019, meaning the Arizona Coyotes may have some free cash available to take on a big contract. We always talk about Milan Lucic as the option, but Andrej Sekera is at $5.5 million through summer 2021.
- OEL makes $5.5 million and is UFA 2019 summer. The deal would need to go down after July 1 so he could be signed long term.
- Max Domi is $833,333 and is RFA this summer. His name was in the rumor mill and he might be a ‘buy low’ option for Edmonton.
Edmonton needs to send away more money than is coming in (the cap will be tight and any relief will help) and perhaps these names could be in play.
- Oscar Klefbom, $4.167 million through 2023. A wonderful player and contract.
- Milan Lucic, $6 million through 2023.
- Andrej Sekera, $5.5 million through 2021.
- Jesse Puljujarvi, who is still in his entry-level deal.
- The 2018 first-round selection, likely inside the top 10 overall.
Perhaps the deal surrounds Klefbom and Puljujarvi, with Lucic added to the group. Arizona might send back a signed OEL, Max Domi and Edmonton retains some money on the Lucic deal.
I’ll be looking at this over at The Athletic this week, one of the things management has to do is make damned good and sure they don’t waste this player. If the club can’t develop him, doesn’t believe he can get to the next level (JP is 1.49/60 scoring 5×5 now), doesn’t see him as McDavid’s shooter, then they need to cut bait before he has the value of Nail Yakupov. One of the issues this winter has been so many kids auditioning and so few certainties on the roster. Related: Edmonton traded Jordan Eberle on June 22, 2017. Thomas Vanek signed with Toronto September 1. Edmonton didn’t use the $3.5 million cap savings on another player. Why? WHY? Why would a veteran general manager choose to pass on an opportunity to add a free agent like Vanek to offer cover? Strange.
Colin Larkin #Oilers (Dylan Larkin's older brother)
College Free Agent (UMass-Boston)
1 year ELC starting in 2018-19
$650,000 Base + $40,000 SBhttps://t.co/zskh8Iy7YJ
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) March 5, 2018
I have received many dm’s and messages asking me about this player. He’s a big man with speed, he is 24 and played Division three NCAA. I reached out to Mark Divver who told me a bunch of teams were following his progress in the last few weeks. One suspects the speed attracted the Oilers (size is the new speed) and that he’ll begin his career in the AHL. After that, we cannot say.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A busy show, beginning at 10 this morning, TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Pierre Lebrun, TSN and The Athletic. Islanders dropping, Panthers prancing.
- Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News. NFL Draft and Kurt Cousins’ destination.
- Jason Gregor, TSN1260. Oilers game tonight! What matters?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio! I’m also on the roundtable with Tom Gazzzola at nine! PS, a trusted source told me we might see a trade today involving a minor league veteran.