I’ve learned over the years that counting on the Oilers to do something at this late date (not really, but they don’t do much) is an exercise in frustration.
Since Steve Tambellini has taken over (July 31, 2008) the Oilers have made done very little from mid-July through end August.
They sign their rfa’s, make adjustments in the front office and scouting and fill out the AHL roster with minor league veterans.
The Oilers have an unbalanced look again, but that appears to be the preference of management. This team has too many forwards, questions on defense and all kinds of worry in goal.
Here’s a first blush look at what the roster might look like in the fall. Starters followed by depth, and all dollars are cap hit, with (I believe) bonus numbers included in the totals.
- GOAL: Devan Dubnyk (800k); Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.75M).
- DEFENSE: Ryan Whitney (4M); Tom Gilbert (4M); Ladislav Smid (2.25M); Cam Barker (2.25M); Andy Sutton (2.125M); Theo Peckham (1.075M); Jeff Petry (1M).
- CENTER: Shawn Horcoff (5.5M); Sam Gagner (2.275M); Eric Belanger (1.75M); Andrew Cogliano (1.5M-est); Gilbert Brule (1.85M).
- LEFT WING: Taylor Hall (3.75M); Ryan Smyth (6.25M); Magnus Paajarvi (1.525M); Ben Eager (1.1M); Darcy Hordichuk (825k).
- RIGHT WING: Ales Hemsky (4.1M); Jordan Eberle (1.158M); Linus Omark (875k); Ryan Jones (1.5M).
- BUYOUTS: Sheldon Souray (2.4M); Robert Nilsson (417k).
Cap estimate: $58,025,000 for 23 players. If the Oilers went with this group, they’d have $6,275,000 in cap room. I doubt they spend it. Any errors let me know, I’ll update after the big trade (stop it! my stitches) and we get a final number on Cogliano.