Free Agency: It’s a $70 million Cap World, Now

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2012 08:04AM

It’s difficult to wrap one’s mind around the economics of an NHL with a salary cap ceiling of $70.2 million. It was just a little over six years ago, after all, that the ceiling was $39.0 million coming out of the lockout, and salaries have escalated apace.

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Jason Gregor
July 01 2012 06:00AM

Thanks to for this photo illustrating how shallow the 2012 free agent pool is. After Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, it is slim pickings, and it got slimmer when the Oilers landed Justin Schultz yesterday.

I wonder if the Paul Gaustad four-year, $13 million deal signifies the Preds don't think Suter will return, or if David Poile finally cracked and decided he needed to show his fans that one player wanted to stay. I like Gaustad as a player, but more along the lines of a $1.75 million/year player, not a guy making $3.3 million.

That is what happens in free agency. GMs overpay, and trust me the Oilers would have overpaid Schultz if they had to, but luckily for them and their fans, his contract was pre-determined due to him being a rookie.

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Waiting on Ryan Smyth

Jonathan Willis
June 30 2012 07:29PM

With all the attention on free agent defenseman Justin Schultz, it’s easy to forget that the Edmonton Oilers have their own unrestricted free agent to deal with: Ryan Smyth.

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June 30 2012 03:04PM

It's summer time in the OilersNation and we only know how to do that one way.


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Oilers win the Justin Schultz Auction

Jason Gregor
June 30 2012 02:58PM



It was a long, hype-filled road, but the highly regarded defensive prospect Justin Schultz has finally decided which team he will play for next year. And that team is the Edmonton Oilers.

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