Ken Holland is a famous general manager, so it’s easy to believe we know everything about him. Do you know his buyout history? Me either.
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- New Lowetide: Falling talent and other fun facts that could benefit the Oilers in the NHL Draft
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Evaluating the pros and cons of potential Oilers buyout candidates
- New Lowetide: Oilers GM Ken Holland is shopping for 20-goal scorers on a budget. What will he find?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Jay Woodcroft returning to coach AHL Condors and be reunited with Ken Holland
- Lowetide: Looking at the Oilers’ options for the No. 8 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.
- Jonathan Willis: How many of Sam Gagner, Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira can play top-nine minutes for the Oilers?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Q&A with Ken Holland: On the draft, buyouts, free agency and how to have a successful offseason
- Lowetide: Trading for Loui Eriksson: What makes sense for the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Differing needs of Oilers, Jets could create a trade fit
- Lowetide: How will Ken Holland build around Connor McDavid?
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: The top five players the Oilers could lose in the expansion draft
- Jonathan Willis: What a trade involving Edmonton’s No. 8 pick might look like given Ken Holland’s history
- Lowetide: Hard Target Search: Finding the Oilers a centre who can penalty kill, help shape a useful third line, and serve in a mentor role
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: How a third-line grinder launched the star-filled Oilers to their first Stanley Cup and a hockey dynasty.
- Lowetide: Is Zack Kassian the answer for the McDavid-Draisaitl line?
HOLLAND’S BUYOUT HISTORY
According to CapFriendly, Ken Holland bought out four contracts between 2013 and 2018. The big one (three years) was Stephen Weiss, the rest involved buying out just the final year.
Daniel Nugent-Bowman wrote on the subject of buyouts and this Oilers team for The Athletic this week, and there are no easy outs. The cleanest (in my opinion) is probably Andrej Sekera, but he has value and that’s a fact. Sam Gagner? It saves over $2 million this season and costs a little more than one next year. Window opens today.
Pierre Lebrun set the woods on fire with his Friday article for The Athletic. Pierre discussed the Winnipeg Jets listening to offers on Nikolaj Ehlers and that’s a fine player. Lebrun suggested the return might be a defenceman, and that’s something I wrote about in January (when discussing Ehlers as a target):
Darnell Nurse might have the most appeal for a team like the Jets, who are going to have to make some decisions on the blueline this summer (Trouba, but also UFA Tyler Myers). (Source)
I don’t think the Oilers will trade Nurse, but there’s a new sheriff in town. Is a LH defense of Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera and Caleb Jones or Kris Russell good enough? Both Ehlers and Nurse are going to play a long time in this league, it’s an intriguing idea. One more thing: Drafting Philip Broberg makes more sense if there’s a Nurse for Ehlers trade this week. Note: I am not recommending a trade of Darnell Nurse. The wise team waits for an internal replacement to be ready before dealing away Nurse.
KEN HOLLAND ON THE WEEK AHEAD
Holland: “We have to get deeper up front. Certainly we need a goaltender and certainly those are the most important things for the next 10 days.” Source
I said it yesterday, and will say it today: Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brian Elliott. Take your picks, wait for good trade offers and we’re on to September.
OILERS ROSTER JUNE 30, 2015
OILERS ROSTER, JUNE 14, 2019
KEN HOLLAND ON JP
This could all get blown up in the next five minutes, but wildly encouraging verbal from Ken Holland about Jesse Puljujarvi hit the Al Gore yesterday. The most encouraging part? Ken Holland: ” I spent about an hour with him talking.” Listening too, I’ll bet. That goes a long way, at 20 or 50. I’ve said this before (and am not the only one) but Puljujarvi’s potential makes him the kind of talent the Oilers should be looking to acquire, not fade away. I hope he makes it here, just a wonderful story if he does.
Let’s have a look at Varlamov versus Brian Elliott over the last three seasons, using even strength save percentage.
2016-17: Varlamov (.904, No. 52); Elliott (.918, No. 36)
2017-18: Varlamov (.923, No. 22); Elliott (.926, No. 18)
2018-19: Varlamov (.916, No. 33); Elliott (.918, No. 27)
It makes people mad, not sure why, but Elliott shows well in these three year looks. He’s an NHL goalie. Need one.
No. 8 overall—RC-RW Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL). This draft turned weird late and the USHL forwards have invaded the top 10 like the Beatles in 1964. Cozens brings quality in most areas, but the keys are skating, shooting and skill. I don’t know that he’s spend his career at center.
No. 38 overall—LW Nils Hoglander, Rogle (SHL). Ridiculous skill and advanced level (SHL) have Hoglander as an attractive pick early in the second round. Elite Prospects says there isn’t a more elusive player in this year’s class. Edmonton needs skilled men who can think and survive with McDavid. Nils might be one.
No. 85 overall—LC Karl Henrikson, Frolunda (SuperElite). A revelation at the U18’s, he’s very skilled and plays a strong game all over the ice. Undersized, I picked him because he’s a perfect Red Wing.
No. 100 overall—RD Cole Moberg, Prince George Cougars (WHL). Fascinating young player shoots the puck at an insane rate, has a nice size/skill component and appears to be astute defensively.
No. 162 overall—RW Eric Uba, Flint Firebirds (OHL) . He didn’t get himself traded from Flint, so that’s a sign of character. He’s a worker and has some skill, will need some luck.
No. 193 overall—L Ethan Phillips, Sioux Falls (USHL). He’s just 5.09, 155 but is another fantastic skill prospect. Added to Hoglander, Cozens and Uba, I think the Oilers would have improved their skill at forward tremendously.