There’s an Edmonton Sun article this morning picking up a lot of steam relating to the Oilers and how close they’ll be to the cap. The article states Lowe and co will spend 45M, which is over 5M below the cap.
I’m not certain if the 45M number is quoted within the context of the previous cap number (48M), but there are all kinds of indications from various Oilers management people that the team would spend to within 5% of the cap (which would be about 48M). We’ll see.
Here’s 5 guys I’d like for the Oilers:
- Bill Guerin: 06-07SAL: $2.00M. Stats: 2.39EV points-per-hour, 3.29PP points-per-hour. He’s one of those players who we’ll have to tell the kids about, because he’s better than his career numbers imply. A dip a couple of years ago and his salad days in the deadball era have nicked his power numbers, but he’s been a beauty player for a long time now. At 36 he might be a guy they could sign for a year until some of the kids can help a little more. Most often played with Doug Weight and Martin Rucinsky this season.
- Petr Sykora: 06-07SAL: $2.9M. Stats: 1.71EV points-per-hour, 3.96PP points-per-hour. Sykora’s minus 20 doesn’t look good, and his point total for 82gp playing 16:39 a night on the top line should be better. He disappeared down the stretch (20gp, 2-2-4 to close out the year while going minus 15 in that time) but I’d be happy if they brought him back at 2.5M or so. Sykora’s a smart hockey player with tremendous skill and can move the puck and his feet on the PP. According to Desjardins, Sykora’s three most used linemates in 06-07 were Hemsky, Lupul and Petersen (!!!???!!!).
- Ladislav Nagy: 06-07SAL: $3.00M. Stats: 1.78EV points-per-hour, 4.74PP points-per-hour. I’ve always liked Nagy, although he’s not a “first shot scorer” so despite shooting left he’s not an ideal solution to the lets-find-Hemsky some help problem. Most often used linemates were Doan and Yanic Perreault in Phoenix. Ridiculous PP number, extremely skilled. Love to have him here.
- Paul Kariya: 06-07SAL: $4.50M. Stats: 2.48EV points-per-hour, 3.67PP points-per-hour. 32-year old speedster is a very nice match for Hemsky’s skills. 224 shots this year, 245 the year before, he’s played 82 games in three of the last 4 seasons. Unlike Hemsky in that he shoots from anywhere, and being a lefty the PP would/should get a mighty lift. Expensive fellow, he most often played with Erat and Legwand this season.
- Ryan Smyth. Enough said.