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The Edmonton Oilers have many needs. Several other NHL teams were able to meet similar needs before today’s NHL pre-Kraken selection list froze – and only pay bargain prices for it. make.

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The Oilers? No chance. They found themselves empty when a few other NHL teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, got richer.

The most enviable offers from that rare Bargain Basement moment in the NHL, when teams had to offload solid players for cheaper prices or risk losing them for nothing to Seattle?

San Jose acquired promising goaltender Adin Hill, 25, of Arizona for a second-round pick. Hill has had a .913 and .918 save percentage over the past two seasons.

Philadelphia chose right shooter Ryan Ellis, 30, for up-and-coming player Philippe Myers, 24, and forward Nolan Patrick, 22, a former overall second pick who struggled as a player in the NHL.

Ellis has six more years on a contract that earns him $ 6.25 million per person. Over the past two seasons, Ellis has the league’s fourth-highest even-matched points rate for a regular d-man. If you combine his even-strength, power-play scoring (an indicator of the puck’s moving ability) with its use in key situations (a measure of his coach’s confidence), he ranked 41st on all d-men. in the NHL. He is clearly one of the best defensive players in the NHL.

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Detroit picked Nick Leddy for a second round pick and Richard Panik, an underachieving veteran. Leddy placed 34th on that same list of NHL’s top scorers and most trusted d-men for 2021 (Duncan Keith was not on the top 97 list due to his low even strength and his points score in the power play).

Perhaps the best deal of all would have been that Toronto traded a 7th round pick and B + level prospect Filip Hallander in Pittsburgh for wingers Jared McCann. This year, McCann placed 49th overall out of 432 NHL regular forwards for an equal points strength score, 2.55 by 60, in the same range as Kyle Connor, William Nylander, Roope Hintz, David Perron and Matthew Barzal. McCann, 25, has one year left on a contract that earns him $ 2.9 million per person. Some people call McCann a center, but he only took 133 faceoffs last year and won just 43.4 percent, so he probably wasn’t the solution for Edmonton as a center. third line. But this kind of score is mind-blowing.

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New Jersey were able to sign a tough, tough young veteran in Colorado’s Ryan Graves for a second-round pick and potential forward Mikhail Maltsev.

Finally, Los Angeles secured skilled and exuberant forward Viktor Arvidsson for a second and third round pick from Nashville.

My opinion

1. It would have been great, of course, if Oilers general manager Ken Holland had been able to fill in some significant gaps in the Edmonton roster. That said, the Oilers lacked a draft pick, having removed the team’s second pick for Andreas Athanasiou, his third-round pick in the deal with Milan Lucic, as well as a fourth-round pick for Dmitry Kulikov in the 2022 draft. The team will also lose a second or third round pick next year in Keith’s trade. This limited Holland’s options. He probably should have given up on more proven prospects (a more valuable commodity than draft picks) in the trades.

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2. We can envy Toronto today and praise Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas for his trade with McCann. There is also a broad consensus in Oil Country that Holland paid way too much in the Duncan Keith deal, although Keith can prove all of Holland’s critics wrong by coming in and performing him as a second d- man on the left side.

3. It may well be that Holland simply did not have the opportunity today to take an important step. Today, the vast majority of NHL general managers have done nothing to strengthen their team. It was the exception, not the rule, to achieve a winning deal. In the ongoing assessment of Holland, it is important to remember this. Today is just one more day for him at the head of the team, but at the end of this period of negotiation and signing we will all know a lot more and be able to draw more conclusions. firm on Holland’s performance as Managing Director. I’ll keep my power (a little) dry at least until he’s finished forming his roster for the coming season. There is still plenty of time and opportunity to make significant improvements.

PS This tweet from Sportsnet columnist Mark Spector on Adam Larsson: “While the deal is not done, Adam Larsson is expected to come in at $ 4 x 3.9M if he signs with EDM. If he went into the market, he could probably come close to Chris Tanev’s numbers ($ 4.5 million AAV). I think he will nevertheless remain a leader and a main player in EDM.

Do what you want with it. A deal done for Larsson? I hope so. If that happens, it’s a great deal for Edmonton.

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