The Edmonton Oilers had a busy day, with several hours in the middle where not much happened at all. At the end of the day, they are bigger, have more contracts, and perhaps some solutions moving forward into 2016-17 planning.
THE MOVES, IN ORDER
- Signed D Brandon Davidson to a two-year deal. It is a $1.425 million per-year cap hit and represents a very good value deal. Edmonton needs more, but this is a nice one.
- Signed G Laurent Brossoit to a two-year deal. It is a $750,000 per-year cap hit and a one-way deal. It is reasonable to suggest this means he has a real chance to be Edmonton’s backup, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Edmonton adding a substantial goalie to compete. LB does not have to clear waivers to be sent down next year.
- Claimed R Adam Cracknell off waivers. He is a fourth-line winger (they used to call them energy winger) who plays a rugged game. Can chip in a goal-a-month, makes $575,000 and is a UFA at the end of this season. Cracknell is very similar to fourth liners employed during Peter Chiarelli’s time in Boston.
- Claimed D Adam Pardy off waivers. Pardy is a lefty with a lot of NHL experience (329 NHL games) and reasonable foot speed. He is reliable, not flashy and is also a UFA in the summer. His cap hit is $1.0 million and it will be interesting to see if he plays more than a No. 7D role for Edmonton through the end of this season.
- Acquired L Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks for D Martin Gernat and 2016 fourth-round pick. Maroon is best viewed as another Zack Kassian bet, a bigger player with some previous success but purchased at a sale price. He is big (6.03, 230) and his NHL per 82gp line is very interesting: 10-22-32, 100pims. The risk here isn’t the price—the Oilers got him at a low cost—but rather his salary ($2 million times two, free agent summer 2018). Edmonton already has an expensive group of complementary wingers, so we shouldn’t just skate on this issue before recognizing the risk. With Lauri Korpikoski and Matt Hendricks also on the roster, Edmonton is spending real money on their third-line and fourth-line wingers. The difference for Maroon? Like Zack Kassian, he can play up in the batting order, and Maroon has scored 15 of his 79 carer points on the power play.
- Late word (via Mark Spector) that the cap hit is better than previously thought: Edmonton’s hit is $1.5 million for the next two seasons, making the deal even more attractive. The pick is inside the top 100 overall this summer.
What does it all mean? Chances are we look back on this day five years down the line and discuss the Davidson contract and the Brossoit one-way deal. There is a chance Maroon has enough sustain to last the rest of this decade in an Oilers uniform, but we can’t tell from here. I would encourage you to read Michael Parkatti’s tweets here and I have written about Maroon here and here.
OILERS 50-MAN LIST (currently 49)
- G Cam Talbot. Projects as No. 1 next season.
- G Laurent Brossoit. Projects as NHL backup, signed a two-year deal today.
- G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
- G Niklas Lundstrom. AHL goalie, RFA. Uncertain future. RFA
- D Oscar Klefbom, likely top pairing, needs to stay healthy.
- D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
- D Brandon Davidson, top 6D, maybe even top 4D if he continues on current track.
- D Mark Fayne, suspect he will be dealt if opportunity arises.
- D Darnell Nurse, probably top 6D next season.
- D Adam Pardy, complete wild card. UFA.
- D Eric Gryba, may sign him for next season. UFA
- D Adam Clendening, no feel for him so far, jury is still out. RFA
- D Griffin Reinhart, may spend another year in the minors. Could be dealt.
- D Brad Hunt, no reason to bring him back, his skills are duplicated. UFA
- D Andrew Ference, they will buy him out (if able).
- D Nikita Nikitin, he is gone. UFA
- D David Musil, AHL D or traded. He is blocked by so many now. RFA
- D Jordan Oesterle, AHL D, NHL time. Speed gets him another deal, RFA.
- D Joey Laleggia, AHL D matriculating.
- D Dillon Simpson, AHL D, matriculating.
- D Ben Betker, AHL D, matriculating.
- C Connor McDavid, Giant.
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, quality NHL center.
- C Leon Draisaitl, emerging NHL talent.
- C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
- C Anton Lander, they may find a buyer.
- C Jujhar Khaira, he is a good bet to make the roster in the fall.
- C Andrew Miller, fine AHL player, less than 50 percent to return. UFA.
- C Bogdan Yakimov, a chance he comes back. Has NHL tools, speed concern.
- C Kyle Platzer, AHL C matriculating.
- L Taylor Hall, impact NHL player.
- L Benoit Pouliot, underrated by many. Injury probably costs the season.
- L Patrick Maroon, big winger and complementary offensive player.
- L Lauri Korpikoski, he is still here, Oilers may keep him until the end of his contract.
- L Matt Hendricks, checking NHL W.
- L Luke Gazdic, enforcer could be retained but it is not certain. RFA
- L Ryan Hamilton, AHL winger, suspect they move on from him. UFA
- L Kale Kessy, AHL winger/enforcer could return, not a lock. RFA
- L Mitch Moroz, AHL winger/enforcer, matriculating.
- L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger, matriculating.
- R Jordan Eberle, scoring winger and a big part of the cluster.
- R Nail Yakupov, he survived the deadline. Does he survive summer?
- R Zack Kassian, probably part of the future in a top 9F role. RFA.
- R Adam Cracknell, veteran energy winger plays a rugged game. UFA
- R Iiro Pakarinen, suspect he will push for a spot next fall. RFA
- R Rob Klinkhammer, on fire in the AHL, did not get the recall. UFA
- R Anton Slepyshev, talented winger should push for NHL time.
- R Tyler Pitlick, Could be gone. RFA
- R Greg Chase, minor league winger, matriculating.
Underlined players have a chance, slight or great, of exiting the system this summer.
- G Niklas Lundstrom.
- D Adam Clendening.
- D David Musil.
- D Jordan Oesterle.
- L Luke Gazdic.
- L Kale Kessy.
- R Zack Kassian.
- R Iiro Pakarinen.
- R Tyler Pitlick.
- D Adam Pardy
- D Eric Gryba
- D Brad Hunt
- D Nikita Nikitin
- C Andrew Miller
- L Ryan Hamilton
- R Adam Cracknell
- R Rob Klinkhammer
The Oilers are getting closer to the Chiarelli Bruins, but they will need a complete defenseman and a power-play shot from the point. Maroon may help on the 5×4, as he can block out the sun in front of the net (and has been doing it for a long time). The Maroon risk has a direct comp in Zack Kassian, and we may see Chiarelli apply that kind of bet to at least one defensive position this summer.
I think we are likely to see an active summer, with two defensemen coming in and more skill heading out. The Oilers are morphing into a big, rugged team with some skill. You may not like that kind of team, but it is here. It is also pretty expensive in the bottom 6F.