Hyman definitely on Oilers Radar
Holland has hinted that he might need to over-run or over-pay a player if the team is to be in the free agent market for a left winger. It looks like the team’s GM is hoping to get ahead. The Oilers are rumored to be one of the top three teams talking to Hyman’s agent Todd Reynolds and they are one of seven teams who kicked the tires to gain the rights to the player before the opening of free agency on July 28.
The Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran writes:
The Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers are believed to be favorites in the Hyman draw with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings who have also asked Hyman’s agent, Todd Reynolds.
source – ‘Zach Hyman wants to stay with the Maple Leafs but offers are coming’ – Kevin McGran – Toronto Star – 07/15/2021
McGran also adds that Hyman wanted $ 5 million over eight seasons from the Maple Leafs. They said no, but a number of teams that have contacted since Hyman’s agent obtained permission to speak with other teams said more than one supply was north of demand in Toronto. .
Holland was on TSN 1050 and said he couldn’t name names, but he’s trying to add an attacker before a free agency opens, suggesting the GM is working on a trade. Could it be Hyman? Or, will Hyman turn out to be too expensive?
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TSN Ryan Rishaug reports The Oilers have made Larsson a contract offer and he’s going to take his time before making a decision. Negotiations between the two sides are ongoing and Holland says he talks to Larsson’s agent every other day and it’s up to the defender to figure out what he wants.
According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff Hockey, it looks like Larsson won’t provide an answer to the Oilers until after the Seattle Kraken’s next expansion draft. If he’s keen to sign again, it works well for Edmonton anyway, as signing him before the draft would pose huge protection issues.
Seravalli appeared on The Lowdown With Lowetide on TSN 1260 Thursday and can’t imagine a scenario where the Oilers resign Larsson to a new contract before the July 21 draft.
Holland continues to defend Keith Trade
During Holland’s radio show in Toronto, he was asked about Keith’s trade. Asked how he deals with a very loud and often critical fan base, the general manager said he always enjoys the job and is happy that Oilers fans are passionate about it. It hasn’t changed his opinion of the player or the fact that a number of Oilers fans are unhappy with Edmonton taking Keith’s full salary.
Holland has remained consistent in his post that he is betting that Keith still has a lot to offer in a more limited role. Playing behind Darnell Nurse, Holland envisions Keith playing fewer minutes, offering leadership, fitness, experience and his winning pedigree will offer the team a lot in terms of off-ice advantages.
The Oilers are protecting Zack Kassian?
There’s a debate about which forward the Oilers will leave exposed ahead of the expansion draft. The consensus seems to be that two of Tyler Benson, Josh Archibald or Zack Kassian will be the last attackers protected after the obvious five – Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto.
Could the Oilers choose to protect the most expensive of those three players at Kassian? Lowetide believes there is value around the NHL for a player like him and that the Oilers appreciate it too. Because Holland is the one who signed a long-term contract with the player, Kassian is unlikely to be taken off the roster for nothing.
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