If this is goodbye, I’m going to miss Adam Larsson playing for the Oilers a long, long time. He represented a throwback player-type, tough as nails and all about coverage and defending. I’m not certain Larsson convinced all of the fan base of his quality, he came here under difficult circumstances. For me, whatever disappointment felt at first blush gave way to a five-year appreciation for his rugged play and sacrifice.
Adam Larsson bled for the Oilers and you. If this is goodbye, I wish him well. If this is goodbye.
I’m proud to be writing for The Athletic, and pleased to be part of a great team with Daniel Nugent-Bowman and Jonathan Willis. Here’s the latest!
- New Lowetide: Why Dominik Kahun is the best Oilers expansion option for the Kraken
- Lowetide: 5 players outside the NHL who could help the Oilers
- New DNB: Adam Larsson and free agency? Who’s on the expansion list?
- New DNB: Oilers talking to Zach Hyman’s camp
- Lowetide: Lessons learned from Oilers’ previous drafts
- Lowetide: What did the Oilers sacrifice in sending Caleb Jones to Chicago in the Duncan Keith trade?
- Jonathan Willis: Duncan Keith, by the numbers
- DNB: How Ken Holland’s overpay for Duncan Keith limits the Oilers’ offseason options
- Lowetide: 10 free agents for the Oilers to target this offseason
- Jonathan Willis: Yes or no? Have your say on 10 hypothetical Oilers trades
- Lowetide: Is this the year the Oilers find a world-class agitator in the draft?
- Lowetide: Which draft prospects will be available when the Oilers pick at No. 19?
- Lowetide: Oilers 2021-22 roster projection, including trade and free agent targets
- DNB: How do Oilers fans feel about their team’s 2020-21 season?
- Lowetide: What is a reasonable trade price for Oilers to pay for Duncan Keith?
- Lowetide: Will the Oilers draft from the OHL after a season that never happened?
- Lowetide: Finding the ideal No. 3 centre for the Edmonton Oilers
- New DNB: What I’m hearing about the Oilers offseason
- Lowetide: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ future value to the Oilers will be defined by his adaptability
- DNB: How re-signing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for eight years could help and hurt the Oilers
- DNB: Five offseason scenarios that could upend the Oilers’ best-laid plans
- Lowetide: Why Oilers defenceman Evan Bouchard is poised to exceed expectations
- Jonathan Willis: How the Oilers could make a Jack Eichel-level trade happen this offseason
- Lowetide: The 7 Oilers roster spots GM Ken Holland must improve this offseason
- DNB: Ten teams the Oilers should be targeting for trades ahead of the Kraken expansion draft
- Lowetide: Why huge Oil Kings goalie Sebastian Cossa could be the perfect first-round fit for the Oilers
MY KRAKEN DRAFT
I wanted to draft a good team with plenty of tradeable assets, and to contend for the playoffs. I have 22 contracts, the cap is $61,705,000 and there’s just shy of $20 million to sign various UFA and RFA. More later.
I was going to draft Dougie Hamilton and Gabriel Landeskog, sign them, and then fill in but the money runs out really fast and for our purposes I wanted to see how many good players were possible. The Kraken should absolutely sign Hamilton and Landeskog. My “keepers who aren’t getting traded” are Gourde, Bean, Driedger and one of Vanecek or Kahkonen. If I can sign McCabe or Oleksiak, then Giordano is dealt. I’m keeping DeMolo, Kukan and Bean for at least one season, maybe the deadline if the offer is gold. I like this team.
OILERS POSSIBLE ROSTER WITH NEW INFO
Frank Seravalli was on the DFO podcast last night (and Dusty this morning) with some news. Looks like Zack Kassian may be dealt (I’m thinking for a pick, with Edmonton signing Alex Chiasson), Jujhar Khaira is the expansion loss. Daniel Nugent-Bowman reported on Friday at The Athletic, and Frank also said last night he’s hearing Adam Larsson is closer to leaving. Frank says Tyson Barrie is edging closer to staying. Wow. What might that look like?
There’s about $3 million left with Klefbom on LTIR, Kassian is with the Rangers in exchange for their third-round selection, Borocop came over from Nashville in the Koskinen trade.
Edmonton doesn’t have a RH shutdown blue, so the goalies are going to see tougher chances. I don’t see a way around it, Larsson’s don’t grow on trees. Robert Bortuzzo has already been mentioned, but Puck IQ tells us he’s never faced the kind of load Larsson did every year.
This should bring security to Ethan Bear, who I believe is a good candidate for Duncan Keith’s partner. The Oilers future on RHD should be Ethan Bear and Evan Bouchard. The two men will cost less than $3 million this coming season and probably less than $5 million next year.
If I’m Ron Francis, I’m on the phone today offering Radko Gudas, Ian Cole, Nick Jensen and any other available RHD in the expansion draft for Ethan Bear. If I’m Ken Holland, I don’t pick up the phone.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, we hit the ground running on a massive week, TSN1260. Kaitlyn McGrath from The Athletic joins us at 10:40 to discuss how far the Blue Jays bats can carry the pitching staff through August and September. Jason Gregor from TSN1260 will join us at 11 and we’ll break down what losing Adam Larsson to free agency might mean to the Oilers. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. See you on the radio!