The Edmonton Oilers had a nice start to free agency but like the rest of the league have been idling in the driveway since July 1. There is plenty of work to be done. A guess at the opening night roster might look like this:
- Hordichuk, Hartikainen
- Whitney-J. Schultz
- Sutton-N. Schultz
That’s my list, yours may be different and include Magnus Paajarvi and or Anton Lander.
The Oilers have work to do; I’ve suggested that Matt Carle (in the Whitney slot) and Daniel Winnik (in the Jones slot) would be ideal and they remain available. Trade options–perhaps more attractive to a team with so many players under NHL contract–are also out there and those things should start moving again with the watershed signings by Minnesota today.
Edmonton doesn’t have to worry about waivers this fall in regard to Lander, Paajarvi or Hartikainen. Theo Peckham, Linus Omark and Alex Plante will be exposed but that’s a different deal.
Edmonton doesn’t have to make a move. They could stand pat.