The case for giving Leon Draisaitl a short-term bridge contract

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2017 02:53PM

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With negotiations between the Edmonton Oilers and Leon Draisaitl the team’s most important remaining task this summer, one potential outcome has received less attention than it probably should: a short-term compromise deal between the two camps, commonly known as a bridge contract.

In some ways, it would be a shock if the Oilers and Draisaitl didn’t eventually come to terms on a long-term pact, but in others a shorter deal makes sense. At the risk of over-generalizing, there are two primary reasons an NHL team might prefer a bridge deal to a long-term pact with an emerging young star, and both have some relevance to this negotiation.

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The Nation Notebook: Oilers sign Jokinen, Ovi Dances, and Arbitration Cases

Christian Pagnani
July 10 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The Oilers sign Jussi Jokinen to a cheap one-year contract. Ilya Kovalchuk isn't coming back to the NHL, at least not for one more year. A bunch of players elected for salary arbitration, but almost all will settle beforehand. Alex Ovechkin gets a little wild during his wedding.

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The Nation Notebook: Free Agency, Who's Left, and Price Extension

Christian Pagnani
July 03 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.

The first couple days of free agency have passed. Are there too many no-trade and no-move clauses on long contracts? Are NHL teams finally wising up in free agency? There aren't a lot of big names left, but a lot of interesting players remain who can definitely help some teams. Carey Price owns Montreal.

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Wingers

Cam Lewis
June 30 2017 11:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

I've looked at the market for goalies, defencemen, and centres, so I'll finish off with the wingers on the open market this summer. You're going to have a hell of a time adding a good centre or defenceman, but there's actually a lot of interesting options for good depth up and down the wings this summer. 

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Centres

Cam Lewis
June 30 2017 08:00AM

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Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going to be interested.

I've looked at free agent goalies and defencemen, now I'll move on to forwards. You want to add a good, top six centre to the mix? Good luck. Boy oh boy. 

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