No last minute offers until the protected list is finalized – .

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No last minute offers until the protected list is finalized – .


The Oilers are following the same journey of seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender as when the Golden Knights arrived from Vegas four years ago.

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As other NHL teams carried out maintenance work before the rosters were frozen on Saturday afternoon and the protected extension rosters were finalized, all was calm on the Western Front for the Edmonton Oilers. .

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No last-minute deal for, say, Montreal goalkeeper Jake Allen to protect him rather than Bakersfield’s Stuart Skinner because the Habs asked Carey Price to give up his no-move to be unprotected with his $ 10 salary. millions of dollars.
They also didn’t make late additions, removing someone from another team with protection issues, like Tampa (Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat) or Pittsburgh (Jared McCann, who went to Toronto) – someone they may have liked better than Zack Kassian, who will likely be their seventh protected attacker.

So the Oilers handed in their protected roster Saturday afternoon for the Seattle expansion, and will follow the same journey of seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie that when the Vegas Golden Knights arrived there. four years. The lists will be announced on Sunday.

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Here’s what the protected roster should be, with unrestricted free agents not on 7-3-1:

Forward: Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, Josh Archibald and Kassian, ahead of top farm worker Tyler Benson. Kassian’s game failed to live up to his $ 3.2 million salary last season, in part due to a broken hand and a problem with his leg. But they need him to drive away the flies from the stars. Archibald is their # 1 penalty killer and hits anything that moves.

Defense: Darnell Nurse, Duncan Keith and Ethan Bear. With uncompensated free agent Adam Larsson unsigned, but Keith’s second partner if he returns. Bear will be the third defenseman protected.

With Philadelphia swapping to Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis to play their best pair with Ivan Provorov, they’re likely out of the unrestricted free agent hunt for Larsson. The bet is that Larsson will be back here with a four-year contract somewhere between $ 4 million and the $ 4.5 million defenseman Chris Tanev got as a UFA signatory in 2020.

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Goal: Farmhand Skinner, not Mikko Koskinen, who was vigorously bought. He will be there for Seattle, which will likely take an assist. There will be an array of goalies (Price, Ben Bishop, Kaapo Kahkonen, possibly Marc-André Fleury and Tristan Jarry) they could take instead. Mike Smith still hasn’t signed and would be looking for starting money, not the $ 1.65 million, which included $ 150,000 in bonuses for the games (20, 25 and 30) played.

Probably unprotected: Koskinen and teammate Alex Stalock, winger James Neal, forwards Jujhar Khaira, Dominik Kahun and Kyle Turris, and defenseman William Lagesson. Also farm workers Benson, Cooper Marody and Theodor Lennstrom.

Benson, Khaira, Lagesson and Stalock would be the four best possibilities for Seattle. They must remove one player from each team and at least 20 contracted players for the 2021-22 season and that must total $ 48.9 million in cap. Benson or Khaira, both restricted free agents, are most likely to leave.

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Like during the Vegas expansion in 2017, the Oilers weren’t really afraid of losing someone they didn’t want. The list protected in 2017:

Forwards Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zack Kassian, Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic, Pat Maroon and Mark Letestu.

Defenders Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Andrej Sekera.

Guardian Cam Talbot.

Letestu capitalized on a regular season 16 goals, 35 points and 11 points in 13 playoff games in his protected spot. Kassian was their most aggressive winger and had a strong playoff in 2017. Sekera had a move ban clause so he needed to be protected, but he was also among the top four defenders in the middle of a five-year contract. . He tore the ACL in his left knee after a playoff hit by Ryan Getzlaf against Anaheim in 2017, and only played 36 games the following season.

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Only Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins, Kassian, Klefbom and Larsson are still on the Oilers today.

Eberle was traded to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome on June 22, 2017, a day after the Vegas expansion, so Eberle was only put on the Oilers’ protected list in pencil. And with a big gum, Letestu moved on to Nashville for winger Pontus Aberg on February 25, 2018, and Stanley Cup man of three rings, Maroon, for a third round pick in New Jersey a day later. . Talbot was traded to Philadelphia for Anthony Stolarz in a pay cut on February 15, 2019. Sekera was bought out in June 2019. Lucic moved to Calgary for James Neal in July 2019.

McDavid, Nurse, Puljujarvi, and Matt Benning, now in Nashville and likely available for Seattle, were exempt in 2017.

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Vegas decided to take Griffin Reinhart over Khaira – in hindsight, the wrong choice. He has never played a game for them and played last season for Iserlohn in Germany. They weren’t convinced that Khaira was playing fairly aggressively and consistently and brought in William Carrier from Buffalo to play the role.

The list of available Oilers players in 2017: UFA Kris Russell, Jordan Oesterle, Andrew Ference, Matt Hendricks, Eric Gryba, David Desharnais, Tyler Pitlick, Laurent Brossoit, Mark Fayne, Benoit Pouliot, Iiro Pakarinen, Anton Lander, Reinhart and Khaira .

This ‘n’ that: Sources say the Chicago Blackhawks will protect Caleb Jones, who the Oilers traded for Keith. He will be one of their three defenders, along with Connor Murphy and Riley Stillman. Nikita Zadorov will be available… The Leafs traded prospect Filip Hallander, a former Pittsburgh second-round player, and a seventh-round pick (2023) for center / winger McCann ($ 2.9 million cap). Assuming the Oilers were interested, the cost might have been second-round pick Raphael Lavoie and a seventh round… With Dallas signing Miro Heiskanen to an eight-year contract with an average cap of $ 8.45 million, it is comparable for Nurse, one year from UFA status. An eight-year, $ 64 million deal appears to be around the corner for Nurse.

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