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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Gazing Into The Crystal Ball

Jayson Spikes
October 04 2017 12:52PM

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The day has finally arrived! The puck drops tonight and the race for the 2018 Stanley Cup is on. While there are still 1,271 games to be played between now and the playoffs begin, everyone wants to talk about who will win the Cup. Will it be the Penguins getting the three-peat? The young Oilers or Leafs breaking through? Will Ovechkin, Backstrom and Holtby finally figure things out?

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Watch the Game Episode 39: Western Conference Preview with Mike Pfeil and Dom Luszczyszyn

Watch The Game Podcast
October 04 2017 07:00AM

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After the Eastern Conference preview, Sam continues on to talk about the Western Conference. He is joined by a guest co-host this week, Mike Pfeil and they talk about the teams that have a chance to impress. Mike talks about the in's and out's of the Calgary Flames and why you should maybe pump the brakes on calling them a contender. (00:13-46:12)

Dom Luszczyszyn then joins the podcast to take stock of different teams and allows Sam to make terrible jokes in the process. (46:17- 1:06:01)

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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

Cam Lewis
October 03 2017 03:11PM

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The Atlantic Division might not feature a true Stanley Cup favourite as a sportsbook like Bodog would suggest, but this division is loaded at the top. The Leafs, Canadiens, and Bruins all appear poised to return to the playoffs, a healthy Lightning squad will be in the mix, and the Senators want to prove their run wasn’t a Cinderella story.

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Pacific Preview: Battle of Alberta back to life but California teams haven’t faded yet

Cam Lewis
October 03 2017 11:24AM

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The Pacific Division may not be as deep as the Central Division, but it’s top heavy, and winning it isn’t going to be easy. The Oilers and Flames have brought the Alberta back to life for the first time in years, while the California teams are still kicking around. A sportsbook like Pinnacle Sports suggests any of those four teams could come out on top, making the Pacific difficult to predict.

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