Russell Extended, Motivation des UFA, McDavid, Plus

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In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, the Edmonton Oilers added three key pieces to their puzzle during this year’s free agency period and inked three existing players to new ones. contracts. In each case, the motivation of the player is different.Taking a closer look at Kyle Turris, Tyson Barrie, Jesse Puljujarvi, it will be interesting to see how the individuals behave and how the team comes together to find the strength to prove that they can offer more than their recent history suggests. .

Dave Tippett says free agents are motivated

When it comes to Turris, Puljujarvi and Barrie, both players feel they have something to prove. Head Coach Dave Tippett said, “They are very motivated players and these are the types of players, as a coach, you like to come into your roster.

In Turris’ case, he wants to show that what happened to him in Nashville – his production basically fell off a cliff – isn’t the norm and he’s a much better producer and well-rounded player than what it showed last season.

FILE – Dave Tippett, Arizona Coyotes head coach (AP Photo / LM Otero, file)

For Barrie, it’s about proving that he can be summoned in more situations, that he’s not necessarily a one-trick pony, and as a byproduct, increasing his numbers to the point that ‘he’s stepping out of the free agency role next season. Tippett said of his expectations of the defenseman: “He’ll come in and make our power play look a little different with a right-hander instead of a left-hander, and he’s very adept at leading a power play. He added that he was “delighted to try to make our team a better team and a better five-on-five team. It suits us perfectly.

Technically Jessie Puljujarvi was already part of the Oilers organization, but in many ways it’s like the team has a new player. Tippett doesn’t see Puljujarvi as the player he was in his first run with the organization and he looks forward to what the winger can add to the roster.

Puljujarvi also has a different mindset. Striker said:

“I will come back with an open mind. I am ready to fight for the place. Nothing was promised. I want to give my best every night and be able to play night after night with a hard work ethic. When I was younger, I was looking for reasons for everything. Now I’m happy to go to work ”.

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Oilers extend defenseman Kris Russell

On Wednesday, the Oilers asked 33-year-old defenseman Kris Russell to extend his contract. The deal’s financials have just been released by the Oilers and the deal is one year for $ 1.25 million.

The purpose of the contract was to give the Oilers the defenseman needed for the NHL expansion draft and protect a player like Caleb Jones. For Russell, this secures another payday in a very uncertain free agency period next year and means he knows he will play either with the new Seattle expansion squad or with the Oilers on a inexpensive extension.

Some wonder if the Oilers could have signed another defenseman by then and exposed this player, but the team love Russell and what he brings in a limited role. If they end up keeping it on a low-cost one-year contract, they’re confident that it can still be productive.

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Connor McDavid is recovering from COVID-19

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has recovered from COVID-19, according to an official team announcement. The organization noted on Tuesday that after his diagnosis of coronavirus on Monday, October 5, he saw no harmful effects from the virus.

“Connor is doing well,” said Tim Shipton, senior vice president at Oilers Entertainment Group. Finding that he is feeling well and fully recovered, McDavid isolated himself and was able to recover fairly quickly.

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