Can the Oilers afford McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins long term?

Christian Pagnani
October 12 2017 11:49AM

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The Edmonton Oilers cap situation gets serious next season. Connor McDavid's mega-extension kicks in then, which will make him the league's highest paid player at $12.5 million per year, and the Oilers will have roughly $13 million to sign 10 players, including Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, and Mark Letestu.

Conventional thinking is simple: Leon Draisaitl is going to play centre, Chiarelli stated as much when he signed him for $8.5 million per year. That leaves Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the third spot, and $6 million dollars is way too much for a third line centre.

McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins would combine for $27 million, or 36% of this year's salary cap. Can the Oilers afford that and build a competitive roster around them?

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The Nation Notebook: Demers to Arizona, Pastrnak Finally Signs, and Ducks Injuries

Christian Pagnani
September 18 2017 09:00AM

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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 Florida Panthers trade Jason Demers to Arizona. David Pastrnak signs long-term with Boston. The Ducks will have to deal with some significant injuries to start the season. Please, won’t someone please think of Matt Duchene?!

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Finding the next Patrick Maroon

Christian Pagnani
September 13 2017 03:33PM

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The Patrick Maroon trade is one of Peter Chiarelli’s best trades. It’s a unanimous win for Edmonton: they gave up very little (Martin Gernat and a fourth round pick), got Anaheim to retain salary, and received a player who’s played in their top-six for $1.5 million a year.

Maroon has 56 points in 97 games since coming over to the Oilers, including 35 goals, which is in range of both Jordan Eberle (60 points in 100 games) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (47 points in 91 games), but at a much lower price than their $6 million cap hits. Maroon’s played with one of the league’s best, if not the best, players in Connor McDavid, a luxury RNH hasn’t shared. Eberle did, and his stats didn’t skyrocket as many expected.

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The Nation Notebook: Vanek to Vancouver, CBJ signs Wennberg, and Danis Zaripov

Christian Pagnani
September 04 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 Vancouver Canucks signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal. Columbus locks up their top center. Russian winger Danis Zaripov is eligible to play in the NHL despite his suspension overseas. And more PTOs are being signed each day.

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The Nation Notebook: Tavares and the Islanders, Nate Schmidt, and PTO's!

Christian Pagnani
August 07 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. 

John Tavares' contract situation is getting a lot of attention. Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights go through the arbitration process. Brandon Prust lands a professional try out contract (PTO) with Los Angeles, meanwhile, Brandon Pirri is holding out for an NHL opportunity despite rumours he was signing in the Swiss league.

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