Edmonton Oilers: Peter Chiarelli’s Smart Game in Free Agency

Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers made some interesting moves yesterday when free agency commenced. Will it help the team in the long run?

The Edmonton Oilers made a splash in free agency, signing three players in a span of a few hours. With teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs making a big splash by signing a player like John Tavares, Peter Chiarelli elected to make some adjustments in the organization he might be in charge of for one more year.

Two of the most significant weaknesses that the Edmonton Oilers needed to address was their power play and overall depth to their lineups. These three signings are a step in the right direction for a team that only has one goal for next year: revert to the 2016/17 Stanley Cup favorite.

The first signing made by the Edmonton Oilers was acquiring defenceman Kevin Gravel. It was reported to be a one-year two-way deal worth $700,000. His signing seems to indicate more of a depth contingency more than anything else at this juncture. He’s been hampered with injuries for a while now. If he can stay healthy, consider that a small bonus for the Oilers.

As for the second signing the Oilers made yesterday was signing forward Tobias Rieder for a one year deal. This deal indicates that the Edmonton Oilers want to see if he can be any good on the power play and penalty killing.

If he can duplicate that performance, the Oilers would probably be getting a bargain for this one-year rental. It isn’t saying much in the grand scheme of things since the Oilers were horrible in those departments.

Another Move

The last signing the Edmonton Oilers made yesterday was acquiring Kyle Brodziak to a two-year contract. His arrival back to Edmonton is much needed because the team lacked a veteran presence in the locker room. He can be decent in the power play, but it all depends if the Oilers plan to execute when it’s game time.

Peter Chiarelli did a fantastic job in acquiring three players that could help the Edmonton Oilers in the short term without sacrificing substantial money for them.

We’ll see how he fares in trying to re-sign both Ryan Strome and Darnell Nurse.

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