The Edmonton Oilers Seek Clarity On Smith, Keith As List Building Begins: 9 Things

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Edmonton Oilers are entering the off-season type we haven’t seen in decades.

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The Oilers are heading into the Western Conference final with a defined core remaining that suggests the club should be able to compete at a similar level in the next few seasons.

But is that easier said than done? Proof.

Here’s this week’s edition of…

9 things

9. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Jay Woodcroft Don’t get a new contract with Oilers. It is hard to imagine that he will not accept.

8. The Edmonton Oilers 1Street Round picking from the 2021 Draft will have a chance to win a trophy. Shawinigan won the QMJHL title this week. Xavier Borgolt He is 12-10-22 in 16 playoffs and finished +12. The center of the right strike will almost certainly be in Bakersfield next season.

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7. The encouraging words from interviews ending the Oilers season were that none of the Walkers would likely need off-season surgery. It seemed possible that nurse darnell He was going in that direction. If not, the nurse will likely start the 2022-23 season healthy, that would be huge.

6. General Manager Oilers Ken Holland Expected to meet with Britt Colak agent Jerry Johansson this week. Kulak, the possession on deadline, was excellent in the playoffs. He averaged 17 minutes per night and ended up with 5 assists and +7 in 16 games. In particular, Kulak’s foot speed was a real advantage and would continue to move forward. It’s UFA.

5. Meanwhile, the Netherlands is busy figuring out what exactly his head covering might look like in 2022-23. He expected the maximum space to be $7.1 million. One of his first priorities on the ice is determining what he’ll need to keep Evander King And he decides whether he can (or can’t) afford it. This decision will have a huge impact on what the Netherlands do on target and elsewhere on the list.

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4. It’s great to hear Dave Jamieson On the radio again. The veteran Edmonton sports talk show host missed his midday program due to serious health issues. But he returned last week, on a new show co-hosted by Jamieson and Alan Mitchell (Lowetide) Weekdays 10am-2pm on TSN 1260. More on Edmonton Sports Radio Market in a moment…

3. Jesse Poliogarvi It is a restricted free agent. Puljujarvi is a type of lightning rod in the Edmonton market. The enthusiasm of his fans and his actual production of points (along with his fellow elite) do not match. His 14-22-36 position in 65 GP and his proper defensive play puts him on the line between 2second abbreviation or typical 3research and development wing line. At 24 years old and with 259 NHL games under his belt, Jesse is no longer a possibility. His performance in the playoff was disappointing. The good news is that Puljujarvi is once again a valuable NHL asset. The question is… for whom?

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2. The results of Spring Numeris 2022 have been announced, measuring radio listeners in key markets across Canada. The Oilers qualifier run was good for all of Edmonton’s Sports Talk. Enjoy each offer. Based on data collected from February 28The tenth– May 29The tenth2022, Oilers Now with Bob Stover It finished at the top of the pile again with an average of 33,856 listeners per day (A2+, 12p-2p). The Jason Gregor show was 2second abbreviationinside sports with Red Wilkins 3research and development. Stauffer usually skips streaming the game itself. But listening to the actual matches flourished during the post-season period. More than 50,000 people have been arrested Jack Michaels And Bob Stover calls the game every night.

1- Ken Holland’s post-season roster building project is in progress. This is an excellent quote from SportsNet Elliot Friedman On Saturday Night TV: “The Oilers both asked Mike Smith And the Duncan Keith To notify them around July 1Street If they are planning to come back next year or if they are considering the possibility of retirement.” This move is a smart and necessary move. I believe that both Duncan Keith and Mike Smith can still help the Oilers in 2022-23. When the two men were healthy, it was a performance Both men are at a high level in 2021-22. But health, especially for Smith, has been a constant concern he has to fight for.

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Based on what I’ve been told, I’d be very surprised if Duncan Keith pinned them this summer. In fact, I expect Keith is considering he might try to extend his career beyond next season. Based on his performance in the playoffs, this is possible. But in the near term, it’s clear that Keith can still perform at the NHL level (if not the $5.5 million level). Help him help Evan Bouchard Evolution holds value too. It seems that from a family point of view, Edmonton remains a perfect fit. And it’s a source in the room, too.

On the other hand, I could see Mike Smith turning away. Clearly, the talent and the desire remain. And I think it would set a great example in tandem with Stuart Skinner. But at some point, at his age, physical stress can start to stress you out. Smith struggled with injury for most of the season. When you are used to being able to perform at a certain level and with a certain consistency, it is frustrating.

Smith also accounts for $2.2 million in cap space. Keith is $5.5 million but the way his deal is structured would be a few million dollars in savings.

And with Oilers tight on the lid as they are, due diligence on these players is vital to getting it right.

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