Edmonton Oilers, NHL Free Agency Losers, Say NHL Commentators – .

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Edmonton Oilers, NHL Free Agency Losers, Say NHL Commentators – .


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The reviews come from experts and commentators outside of Edmonton on the first day of the NHL’s free agency.

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And the reviews are not positive. Zach Hyman was considered a winner of the free agent period, but not the Edmonton Oilers, who had one of the busiest and most important days in team history.

Edmonton’s move included:

OUTSIDE:

Adam Larsson left as free agent, Ethan Bear traded, Jujhar Khaira left as free agent, James Neal bought out, Caleb Jones and the third round pick traded.

IN:

Zach Hyman signed a contract for $ 5.5 million per year for seven years, Tyson Barrie signed a contract for $ 4.5 million per year for three years, Cody This signed a contract for $ 3.25 million dollars per year over four years, Derek Ryan signed a two year contract, $ 1.25 million per day, RFA Warren Foegele acquired in a trade, Mike Smith signed two years. $ 2.2 million per.

Here’s what the reviewers had to say:

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Mike Brehm of USA TODAY had Hyman as the winner: “He played with qualifying forwards Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in Toronto. Now he will have the chance to play alongside Connor McDavid in Edmonton. Additionally, the winger gets a seven-year, $ 38.5 million contract after averaging $ 2.25 million in his last contract.

But Matt Larkin, The Hockey News on youtube, had Edmonton as a loser: “I just don’t get it. What are they doing? … I’ll put the Zach Hyman case aside. I am ready to defend it. I think he’s actually going to be very useful in the
short term. You have to give him that term and that money because it’s competitive to sign him. I think he will be fine
playing with McDavid… I think that move is absolutely fine, but bringing in guys like Cody Cedi and with the term, I just don’t understand what this team is doing. You bring Duncan Keith. You lose Adam Larsson. You trade Caleb
Jones. You trade Ethan Bear… You’ve also resigned Mike Smith in his forties now for several seasons.

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“I just can’t support the decisions of this whole team… I don’t know if this team is better. I don’t believe they are, but I could be wrong.

Larkin added, “I think the Oilers could save their offseason. They could steal Tomas Tatar at a cheaper price, much like what they gave Dominik Kahun last summer.

Scott Burnside of The Athletic gave the Oilers a 4.5 out of 10. “It’s something weird for an Oilers team that were embarrassingly swept away by Winnipeg in the first round of the playoffs. The young defensive depth came out in the form of Caleb Jones (Chicago) and Ethan Bear (Caroline) replaced by Duncan Keith and Cody Cela, 38, who was pretty good in Pittsburgh and is now a $ 3.25 million Oiler. for the next four years. This is the kind of player, and this is the kind of contract, that Edmonton fans are going to activate in an instant… It’s a transitioning blue line at best and regressing at worst. Love Zach Hyman from the start and the Oilers will love him too, but probably not for his entire seven-year, $ 5.5 million contract).

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The Score commentator Josh Wegman also had the Oilers as a loser: “The reputation of the Oilers general manager has deteriorated over the past two weeks. The Oilers made a handful of questionable moves on Wednesday, leaving them with one of the league’s most suspicious blues… The Bear-for-Foegele trade isn’t all bad in and of itself, but the fact that the Oilers have shipped a promising market, The local blue-liner to make room for Barrie and This is bad optics. Aside from Nurse, this background is littered with question marks… Holland did well to improve Edmonton’s forward depth, bringing in Foegele, Derek Ryan and Zach Hyman, but the seven-year contract of this latest worth $ 5.5 million per season is a huge overpayment. . The Oilers also haven’t sorted out their issues between the pipes, missing out on all the best free agent options and failing to pull the trigger on a deal for Kuemper.

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Bleacher Report’s Lyle Fizsimmons also had the Oilers as losers, says Holland “made a series of moves on Wednesday that could be labeled from optimistic to misguided… it’s the defensive moves – especially the bear trade – that have. reminded fans of past moves that have seen young assets flourish elsewhere. The Oilers traded 25-year-old Matt Greene to Los Angeles in 2008 and saw him win two cups with the Kings; sent Jeff Petry, then 27, to Montreal in 2015 and saw him emerge as one of the league’s top defensemen and later help the Canadiens to the Cup final this season; and sent Justin Schultz, then 25, to Pittsburgh in 2016 where he too won two Stanley Cups.

My opinion

1. These commentators have varying degrees of knowledge and expertise about the Oilers and the true talent of players moving and moving to Edmonton. Nonetheless, I find it interesting what foreigners have to think. A lot of times they get it wrong when they evaluate Edmonton’s moves, but they get it wrong as well. For example, last year Mike Smith’s resignation was widely criticized but it worked well.

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2. The comment I agree with the most came from Larkin when he said, “I don’t know if this team is better. I don’t believe they are, but I could be wrong. This is great when a commentator recognizes the limitation of his own knowledge and the limitation of anyone’s predictive power in general, and admits that he could very well be wrong. It is a sign of wisdom.

3. I am fascinated by those fans and commentators who are not experts on these players, who haven’t seen a lot of them play a lot last season and certainly haven’t studied them enough to give a review. expert on their value, yet come out with complete certainty on the merit of a trade.

For example, we can say some things about Foegele from his stats and what others are saying about him, but it’s not the kind of in-depth analysis needed to get a fair and accurate idea of ​​his true talent. It’s the best we can do, and it’s fun to make that kind of judgment as fans and commentators, but how could we be certain of our predictive powers regarding the outcome of a trade when our base of knowledge is so incomplete?

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Even though we have a deep understanding of the value of a player, as many Oilers fans do with players like Larsson and Bear, it’s unclear how they’re going to perform next year. On the one hand, it all depends on the health of the player and how it is used. Will Larsson’s back hold up? Will Bear be thrown into the deep end, over his head, against the toughest competition?

But it’s also hard to guess if a player like Bear will do the right thing and get the right coaching and the opportunity to take a step forward. And it’s also unclear how much an extra year of grinding will impact Larsson’s game.

4. The best we can do with players we know well is offer a probability, like me assuming Larsson has an 80% chance of playing as well as he did last season and suggesting that it’s a toss as to whether Bear will rise or fall this coming year. As for the players that I haven’t seen and studied in depth, such as Foegele, Keith, This and Ryan, my guesses on how they will play are downright rude, I wouldn’t say anything for sure.

5. As for Larkin wondering what the Oilers are up to, that’s a good question, but I think the answer is obvious: Edmonton was scrambling to mend its defense after Larsson’s unexpected departure, and that’s what made the most sense for the organization. When you work, it’s not easy. Ask any quarterback. Sometimes you get fired or even concussed. Sometimes you can improvise a touchdown pass.

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