Free Agency is on.
Below you’ll find brief looks at major Oilers targets. Of course, the team will be after all the big fish like Thomas Vanek, Paul Statsny, and Matt Niskanen, but theyre more likely to sign less impressive players. These profiled below are within reach, but here’s how I think it will actually go:
Here’s who to watch for:
–The team is said to be in the running for the Russian pivot. He’s not a big guy, but he plays a physical, dedicated game. Perhaps he could be a good mix with young Nail Yakupov as well. Washington says his asking price is too high, so perhaps a shorter term overpay could work here. Don’t see a centre like him long term with the club.
OFFER NEEDED: 5.5 @ 2 years
–Former teammate of Grabovski, Kulemin has been mentioned as a package deal with his old Leaf mate. That seems a bit odd and unlikely, but you never know. He fills the size requirement but his production has dropped like a rock with only 20 pts in 70 games last year.
OFFER NEEDED: 4.0 @ 4 years
–The UFA defender from the Rangers is a hot commodity this year. Coming off a deep playoff run, his value is high. He is not an offensive defenseman, and would fill the shut down role vacated by Nick Schultz, but in need of a upgrade.
OFFER NEEDED: 5.0 @ 3 years
Bought out over the weekend by the Sabres, the veteran defender is suddenly a hot commodity. He isn’t likely to sign with another bottom feeder. Washington is looking for defencemen so I see a serious pitch from their camp. Oilers could try a two year overpay once again.
OFFER NEEDED: 6.0 @ 2 years