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TSN’s Bob McKenzie said it would appear that Oilers GM Ken Holland is waiting to see how the goalie market shakes out. It was known that the Oilers were extremely interested in Markstrom and were going to offer maybe a maximum seven-year deal at $5 million per season. “It didn’t get done.”
“Kenny Holland may wait until the music stops and sees how many goaltenders are left.”
LeBrun added the Oilers have talked to Thomas Greiss’s camp, but at this point it looks like Greiss’ price is too much for Edmonton. “Right now it’s not a financial fit for Edmonton.”
One more bit of news, Matt Benning has signed a two year deal at $1 million per year with Nashville.
- The dog not barking? All the big name free agents who have yet to sign, such as Alex Pietrangelo, Taylor Hall, Tyler Toffoli, Mike Hoffman, Tyson Barrie, Torey Krug and Evgeni Dadonov. To make these signings work under a flat salary cap, there could still be plenty of players on the move, and that includes a player moving to Edmonton. If Oilers GM Ken Holland makes a big move now, it’s most likely to come through a trade.
- There are still plenty of reasonable options for the Oilers in net, even with Henrik Lundqvist, Braden Holtby, Anton Khubodin, Cam Talbot, Matt Murray and Jacob Markstrom out of the picture, with Markstrom now signing in Calgary. Markstrom signed a six-year deal in Calgary for $6 million per season. Greiss may still be there eventually for the Oilers or Corey Crawford. There could also be a trade for Darcy Kuemper, Antti Raanta, Alexander Georgiev, Petr Mrazek, Elvis Merzlikins, Jaroslav Halak, or Joonas Korpisalo.
- As for Tyson Barrie, he’s not necessarily a great fit for the Oilers, not with the team already having Adam Larsson, Ethan Bear and Evan Bouchard on the right side. Edmonton could move out Larsson, and then Barrie would make far more sense, but would Barrie really perform this coming year much better than Bear or Bouchard on the Edmonton power play? I’m not sure. Barrie is a good player, but it’s not clear a fit is here in Edmonton for him.
- Edmonton now has all the centres it’s going to need, with Kyle Turris on board, along with Gaetan Haas and Jujhar Khaira. The Turris signing could mean that Khaira could be traded. Edmonton could still use a left winger for Connor McDavid and maybe a depth d-man on the left side, depending on Oscar Klefbom’s iffy health. That said with Darnell Nurse, Caleb Jones, Kris Russell and William Lagesson on the left side, not to mention up-and-coming Philip Broberg, it’s unlikely brings in any kind of big name player there.
- The Oilers have also brought back Tyler Ennis on a one-year deal, a good signing. Ennis is a smart player who fit in on every line he played. In the last two years he’s scored 1.85 points per game, ranking 176th overall for NHL forwards.
- Matt Benning leaving is a tough one, but not a killer. The Oilers need better puck-moving on the blueline and Benning didn’t provide that, while Evan Bouchard will do so. It makes sense to open up a roster spot for Bouchard, who is ready to step in as a third-pairing d-man, power play specialist.