The 2013-2014 N.H.L. is only one sleep away and the Edmonton Oilers roster is full of question marks yet again. There are new players, coaches and management but is it enough to think the Oilers can turn the corner and make the playoffs for the first time since real estate prices decided to fluctuate faster than Oprah’s dress size?
Sam Gagner signed a 3 year deal worth an average yearly salary of $4.8 million this past month and I reflected on this deal and I can only come up with one word: perfect. If Gagner didn’t want to be in Edmonton and see this rebuild to the end, he would have taken his one year arbitration and moved on after this season and taken his money. Swin wrote a brilliant article about the Gager haters and it really shed some light on what the Oilers really have in Gagner and what the alternatives are. 3 years is the perfect deal.
I have heard some fans complain that Boyd Gordon’s contract is too large at $3 million and that Ference’s 4 year deal is too long. Thanks, captains of obviousness – that is what happens when you fill the holes via free agency. If Ference’s term didn’t take him to retirement, he probably doesn’t come to Edmonton. I have heard Gordon’s game described by a former teammate as: the way the game is supposed to be played. Horc was too expensive at $5.5 and apparently his replacement is too expensive at $3. Is there something I am missing here? Who’s money is it anyway? Lots of people in Northern Alberta are overpaid, why shouldn’t some of the Oilers share in that good fortune. Until we are up against the cap, it doesn’t matter.
Mac T was on a local radio show/podcast this past week and basically said that he was happy with the roster going into the season and he felt the team was good enough to compete and they would see how good they are.
This does not surprise me at all. They Oilers have made some solid changes and the only things that really remain undone are signing Sam Gagner (which I foresee happening before arbitration) and moving Hemsky. In reality, the only reason that Hemsky “must go” is because Mac T committed to that action publically. I think that the rookie GM has learned his lesson and has remained fairly tight-lipped since the draft. If Hemsky is coming at opponents as a third line winger, secondary scoring should not be an issue. Hemsky’s cap hit is going to be difficult for many teams to swallow with the cap dropping this year so, this is going to be easier said than done this off-season.