We could see some transaction action today, including a goalie signed and a winger exiting. The Edmonton Oilers, based on what we know, are attempting to thread the needle. Bringing in three major pieces (puck mover on defense, substantial backup goalie, a winger) without much cap room and with little in assets to trade is a gigantic ask for one summer. Hold on!
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- Jonathan Willis: Should the Oilers bring back Mike Cammalleri?
- Lowetide: The Oilers and Mikko Koskinen.
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The Oilers are actually at 31 names (plus the slide rules) but I’ve included all of the restricted players who are likely to return. Lots of space on the 50-man, and today I would like to begin the conversation about defensemen who could be acquired this summer. Puck movers, we prefer righties. Here’s the first 10.
- RD Erik Karlsson, Ottawa. The impossible dream. He’s $6.5 million times one, Edmonton probably has to offer Leon Draisaitl or some such and the limited number of years on the deal make it a nonstarter, in my opinion.
- RD Kris Letang, Pittsburgh. Major dollars ($7.25 million times five), has had some health issues. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a bunch of expensive rfa’s to sign so could easily retain him.
- RD Tyson Barrie, Colorado. We are now reaching the realm of the possible, Barrie’s contract is $5.5 times three years. Colorado has no money issues so it would have to be a trade for value.
- LD Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia. A great contract ($4.5 million times six years) and impressive offense (65 points this year) mean he’s not going anywhere. I included him because this is a list of targets, he is one.
- RD John Carlson, Free Agent. What’s his number? $7 million times seven years? He would be a fantastic fit, but Edmonton doesn’t have the cash. If they did, the McDavid appeal might be enough to get him. Seriously.
- RD Matt Dumba, Minnesota. This is the first option that makes sense on all levels but the Oilers don’t have the assets to make it happen. Can you cobble together a trade option that makes sense for Dumba? Depends on the ask from the Wild but I think they would be looking for a top end forward coming back.
- RD Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo. He’s signed ($5.4 million times five) so you could trade Oscar Klefbom for him and align the left-right balance. I don’t want to trade Oscar and Ristolainen’s player card has some wobble (although he’s clearly talented). That said, if the Oilers dealt Klefbom for Ristolainen, you could see the logic.
- RD Dougie Hamilton, Calgary. Makes $5.75 million times four and there are rumors out there that he might be available this summer. No chance in hell the Flames trade him to Edmonton and a three-way deal is unlikely.
- RD Ryan Pulock, NY Islanders. He’s an RFA ($863,333) and owns a monster shot. Two worries: He’s not really a No. 2 RHD, so he would be replacing Matt Benning. Also, Garth Snow has done well when dealing in trade with Peter Chiarelli.
- RD Justin Faulk, Carolina. He’s earning $4.833 million times three, and has two-way ability. His underlying numbers aren’t fabulous, and for that price you’d like to add a more complete talent.
Some good #Oilers content in here: Friedman basically confirms the club is signing Mikko Koskinen, but with no contract details. Mentions $2.5 per year x 2 years was the ask by Koskinen. https://t.co/5BH3PEBC1Z
— Alex Thomas (@Alex_Thomas14) April 26, 2018
.@Sport_BO: Following players coming to #KHL this offseason – Nikolay Kulemin (#NYI), Anton Slepyshev (#Oilers), Viktor Antipin (#Sabres), Nikita Soshnikov (#Blues), Rinat Valiev (#Habs), Sergej Tolchinsky (#Canes), Radel Fazleev (#Flyers), Andrei Pedan (#Pens), cont. #NHL
— KHL DIARIES (@vorkywh24) April 29, 2018
The Koskinen deal sounds done, just a matter of announcing it. I spoke to Jason Gregor on the Lowdown yesterday, some vagueness around the contract length (one or two years?) and cap hit ($2 million? $2.5 million) per year. All will be revealed but it sounds like another Chiarelli daredevil bet.
As for Slepyshev, I wrote about him yesterday at The Athletic, this should have been a far more successful relationship. If he does sign in the KHL, that’s one more thing Edmonton has to do this summer at less than $1 million.
Oilers prospect Stuart Skinner and Swift Current just eliminated Lethbridge.
Moving on to the WHL finals.
Oilers should hire the Coach Manny Viveiros
Also sign Giorgio Estaphan to an AHL contract
— SuperNova (@SuperNovs1) May 1, 2018
Skinner’s stock has been on the rise since being dealt to Speedy Creek, and one wonders if the organization will sign him and bring him to pro in the fall. Koskinen plus Skinner added to Cam Talbot, Al Montoya, Shane Starrett and Dylan Wells means a full boat for goalies, and means Laurent Brossoit and Nick Ellis are down the road. I think we’ll see more movement at the position over the summer. If they’re hiring Viveiros, it’ll be for his offensive brain/power play. Estephan is a fine prospect.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
A full boat and great guests for Tuesday morning, 10am on TSN1260. Scheduled to appear:
- Jonathan Willis, The Athletic. What to do with Jesse Puljujarvi and would John trade Oscar Klefbom for Risto Ristalainen.
- Jay Ball, FC Edmonton. Huge weekend for the Eddies and there’s more to come.
- Scott Cullen, TSN. The NHL offseason train starts rolling, playoffs offer four interesting matchups for the second round.
- Josh Lewenberg, TSN. If the Raptors beat the Cavs, will is be a shocker?
10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. Talk soon!