You could barely turn your transistor radio down the dial today without hearing about the coming trade boom. Of course, we do not gather our info via the transistor anymore, it comes via the car radio, internet radio, twitter and other. A few quick hits, I reserve the right to go into more detail tomorrow.
This is excellent news, and in fact that ransom may be paid in 2018—not next season. As I wrote at ON on May 21, Renaud Lavoie reported on an NHLPA grievance that pushed (and won) the right to move those payment picks back to 2018. That effectively means Edmonton can choose in this year’s second round, offer sheet the hell out of the NHL, and still not have to pay until 2018. It sounds like a Brick commercial, but is really good news for Peter Chiarelli should he decide to get very bold. My thanks to PunjabiOil for pointing out the Lavoie story.
- TSN690 Montreal: The Edmonton Oilers feel the need to make some significant change. I think the Colorado Avalanche are very interested in going out and finding a defenseman. Anaheim is a team with a huge number of question marks in terms of personnel decisions that need to be made. Are they going to trade a goaltender. Is it going to be Andersen. Is it going to be Gibson. Are they going to be able to sign both Lindholm and Vatanen on the blueline, or are they going to trade one of those guys. Source
I think that is fair, Oilers are clearly not going to slide through summer without change. I know many are worried about the expansion draft, but remember some of the players we believe are going to be protected are going to be dealt. If the Oilers trade down from No. 4, they are unlikely to go too deep, because the quality drops off after about No. 12—and the expansion draft changes everything.
If there is an expansion draft, I think someone from the $6 million group is going. The last chance Texaco now is the value of Matt Tkachuk—mentioned in Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts—which may increase enough to get something done. I will explore this notion further tomorrow.
I think we could see the Nuge, Mark Fayne and Nail Yakupov dealt in the next month or so, and one area we haven’t spent a lot of time (in terms of possible value) is the arbitration list. Cap Friendly has a dandy guide here, and I will back track on this in the coming days.
Kings a no on 6th rounders Jake Marchment and Matt Mistele as well as 7th rounder Middleton. Oilers a no on 7th rd Keven Bouchard.
— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) June 1, 2016
No surprise here, Bouchard (as has been the case with a few draft picks since 2010) did not perform well enough to earn a pro contract. We wish him well.