Despite already making a trio of moves, the Edmonton Oilers still have holes on their roster that need to be addressed. The problem is that the free-agent frenzy is living up to it’s name as the big named free-agents are flying off the shelf, left, right and cetner. For Edmonton, that includes a few names that might have been a good fit for their club.
The former Chicago Blackhawks forward who can play a third line role in Edmonton is off the board and he’s heading to the music city. The Nashville Predators have inked Stalberg to a 4-year deal worth $3 million annually. For that price it’s hard to fathom that Edmonton would not have been in on him.
One of the biggest names on the market, Clarkson cashed in on thanks to a relatively thin talent pool this summer and he cashed in big courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dave Nonis gave Clarkson a reported 7-year deal worth just over $5 million a year.
The Oilers were said to be in on Clarkson up until late this morning after meeting with the Toronto native yesterday. They were informed today that Clarkson would not be choosing Edmonton as his new team with uncertainty if money had a barring on his decision. Considering what the Leafs will pay him annually, surely MacTavish would have offered at least that. But the term of the deal is absurd, making the Oilers move to not offer that length (providing they didn’t go 7-years) a wise one.
The former Minnesota Wild is expected to sign with the Nashville Predators although the deal has not been finalized at t he time of this article.
Cullen is a great third line player who can kill penalties and take on a more defensive role for the Predators. Edmonton was never really linked to Cullen, at least nothing that was made public, he could have served as the third line center.
Yes, the Maple Leafs continue to spend money this summer, giving Tyler Bozak a new 5-year deal worth $21 million. It’s a far cry from the 8-years that Bozak’s camp proposed to the Leafs earlier in the week and it’s not the ravishing annual salary he was seeking either (over $5 million per year).
Having the Leafs retain Bozak on these terms is good for the Oilers on two-fronts. First, Sam Gagner is still in need of a new contract and many are comparing the two. Meaning if Bozak had raked in a ridiculous amount of money then Gagner may have suddenly become to expensive for the Oilers.
The second is the fact that the Calgary Flames didn’t sign Bozak, who were said to be interested in the free-agent. It’s one less skilled player for the Flames.
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