James Wisniewski signed a PTO with the Lightning today, meaning the Edmonton Oilers are just about to pull into the last chance Texaco. It has been a long summer.
DEFENSE OPTIONS (that remain)
- Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets. Expensive and compelling option. He would cost a major piece or more, but would be an outstanding addition this late in the game. What would Edmonton have to add to the 2017 first-round pick to get this done?
- Brandon Montour, Anaheim Ducks. This could be a special player. I like his even strength and power-play offense and he is young enough to cost very little. Anaheim has blue to the sky, maybe Chiarelli can pry him loose.
- Cody Franson, Buffalo Sabres. That hammer from the point would come in handy and he fits a real need. I don’t know about the cost, but would guess it would not be dear.
- Eric Gryba, Edmonton Oilers. I think management likes him. Do not see him signing unless Mark Fayne can be offloaded and Gryba does not address need in any way.
- Ryan Sproul, Detroit Red Wings. Puck-moving defender in the AHL. He is waiver eligible and a solid match for Edmonton’s needs.
- Dennis Wideman, Calgary Flames. A year removed from a fantastic offensive season.
- Dan Boyle, New York Rangers. Retiring, but if he has anything left I think he could help based on last year’s numbers.
DAN BOYLE 2015-16
- 5×5 points per 60: 0.58
- 5×4 points per 60: 2.32
- Corsi for 5×5 %: 49.8
- Qual Comp: Third pairing
- Qual Team: Third pairing
- Corsi for 5×5 % REL: 9.0
- Shots on goal/percentage: 95 shots/10.5 percent
- Boxcars: 74GP, 10-14-24
- Information via Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com, behindthenet.ca and hockey-reference.
The Oilers have room, and a need. I can buy the idea that Wisniewski wanting a contract after missing an entire year is a concern (signing him to a one-year deal would not have been that risky, though). Peter Chiarelli would be extremely unwise to go through the entire 2016-17 season without adding another option. Maybe they will trade for Mark Streit. We wait.