Top Free-Agent Forwards Oilers Need to Consider

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Bryan Bickell – Left Wing

2013 club - Chicago Blackhawks

2013 Salary : USD $541,666.67

Height: 6’4″

Weight : 233 lbs

Age: 27

Stats: 48 GP, 9-14-23,  +12,  12:48  TOI

Another Blackhawk that is big, tough and can contribute despite being one of the bottom six forwards. Bickell is having a helluva run in the playoffs for the Hawks with 8 goals and 7 assists through 21 games (game 5 of the Finals not included) meaning two things; the first is that he’ll be in line for a hefty raise this summer and two, it’ll be difficult for the Hawks to retain him.

Management has already said they want Bickell back next season, but with the salary cap coming down to $64.3 million and a roster full of stars that command top dollar, re-signing the Ontario native may prove difficult.

If he becomes available, the Oilers would benefit from having both Bickell and Stalberg in their lineup next season.  Close in almost every category, the two have spent time together on the same line in Chicago, meaning they would have chemistry if MacTavish could land them both.

But as mentioned, Bickell will command and receive a pretty penny if he hits the free-agent market.  While the desire to have both he and Stalberg would be worth salivating over, it’s unlikely to happen.

Oil on Whyte projected salary: 4-years, $10 million

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