June 30 2016 09:10PM
Free agency begins at 10 a.m MDT tomorrow morning, and the first deal will likely be announced before 10:15 a.m. Milan Lucic is one of the most talked about free agents. He's a unique player. He is a proven top-six forward with a mean streak and a physical presence.
My main question is can Lucic be as effective between 2016-2019 as he was between 2010-2014? He had three seasons with 24, 26 and 30 goals and 59, 61 and 62 points in that four year window. He will need to produce similar numbers if he going to be live up to the rumoured $6 million/year salary he will receive in free agency.
Is he worth it?
June 30 2016 12:28PM
We don't see Eastern teams very often. Even when they were a perennial Cup contender the Devils were rarely a "must-see" team. They had elite players like Martin Brodeur, smooth skating Scott Niedermayer and punishing Scott Stevens. Their style of play rarely made them a team people lined up to see.
I watched six Devils games last year. Adam Larsson won't wow you offensively, but he also won't make wow-like defensive lapses either.
Who does he play like? What are realistic expectations? Let's discuss.
June 29 2016 09:07PM
Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted the Edmonton Oilers traded away the best player in today's Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson deal.
“That’s a fair comment, if you look at just what they’ve accomplished so far in the league,” said Chiarelli. "Larsson doesn't have the same pedigree yet, but I believe in him a lot. He moves the puck quickly. He's very smart," continued Chiarelli.
He must like him a lot to trade the league's third best left winger, behind Jamie Benn and Alex Ovechkin, and there is no denying Chiarelli took a big risk.
June 28 2016 01:59PM
The NHL made a wise decision when they allowed teams to openly talk to unrestricted free agents one week prior to July 1st. We all knew teams spoke to UFAs prior to July 1st, but now it is legal and it allows teams to bring players to their city and show them around and have lengthy conversations in comfort without being worried about being caught.
The Oilers invited Milan Lucic and Jason Demers to see the sites, because they aren't "allowed" to discuss actual contracts. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
It is smart to bring them in, but Chiarelli needs to be cautious when they start discussing money and term.
June 27 2016 03:25PM
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone. Many believe the Oilers' draft luck continued when the Columbus Blue Jackets elected to pass on Jesse Puljujarvi and select Pierre-Luc Dubois. Time will tell who becomes the better player, but Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers were very happy to land Puljujarvi.
However, Chiarelli did not land the player he needs the most: A right shot defender, but he's still optimistic it will happen.