Exploiting Cap Hell: Detroit Red Wings Edition

Jonathan Willis
May 11 2016 09:00AM

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For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.

For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the Detroit Red Wings.

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Robin Brownlee
May 11 2016 07:00AM

The 1995-96 season would mark the fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs for the Edmonton Oilers, but after years of steady decline with owner Peter Pocklington and GM Glen Sather dismantling the five-time Stanley Cup champions piece-by-piece in salary dumps, the Oilers finally started to turn the corner.

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May 10 2016 04:07PM

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Since the season ended, Peter Chiarelli has added five players to the 50-man roster for 2016-17. Finn Jere Sallinen, CHL defender Caleb Jones and college men Nick Ellis, Drake Caggiula and Patrick Russell have all been signed, meaning the current roster stands at 37. We know more players will be added, and Edmonton still has a significant number of free agents outstanding. What does it mean? The math does not add up and many will not return.

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Speaking Of... My Letter To Travis Hamonic

Chris the Intern
May 10 2016 02:07PM


As many of you now know, Travis Hamonic has taken back his trade request from the Isles that he made months ago. First of all, I didn't know there were takebacksie's when it came to trade requests. Second of all, I think he is making a huge mistake. Here is a letter I wrote to Travis Hamonic on his decision. 

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Travis Hamonic comes off the market

Jonathan Willis
May 10 2016 10:45AM

It appears that Travis Hamonic, the best right-shooting defenceman who was definitely in play via trade, is now off the market. It's fantastic news for the New York Islanders, but for anybody looking for help on the blue line this is unfortunate.

That list most definitely includes the Edmonton Oilers.

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