June 13 2015 06:31PM

Goalies are voodoo and drafting them in the first round requires the balls of a pirate and an addled mind. Even teams that know what they're doing rarely take goalies in the first round. A team like Edmonton? It would be a colossal waste of a perfectly good draft pick.

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Money Spent: Nathan Beaulieu and Martin Marincin

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2015 02:00PM

On Saturday, news came that the Montreal Canadiens had re-signed defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract extension. Beaulieu, a 22-year-old defenceman, played his first semi-full season with the Habs this year and has some things in common with Edmonton Oilers’ rearguard Martin Marincin. Does his contract represent a reasonable starting point for Marincin’s next deal?

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Connor McDavid and the value of superstars

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2015 11:22AM

One of the recurring themes in the comments section here is that the Oilers need to make sure they have the necessary cap space to re-sign Connor McDavid when his contract expires. It’s a valid point; obviously if things go as the Oilers hope the team will have to juggle the contracts of several outstanding young players. However, it’s also worth remembering one of the fun little side effects of the salary cap: legitimate stars almost never get what they’re worth.

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Veterans on Expiring Contracts

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2015 06:00PM


In a league like the NHL which guarantees every contract, employing secondary players on short-term deals can have a lot of value.

Short-term deals offer flexibility. If a player struggles, a team isn’t committed long-term. If the salary cap falls, a team has room to maneuver. If a new coach is brought in, it’s easier to adjust the supporting cast to the style of game he preaches.

And every year at the trade deadline, players on expiring contracts get sent away for draft picks, the lifeblood of any organization.

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Teddy Purcell: Crossroads

Matt Henderson
June 12 2015 03:45PM

Last summer, former general manager Craig MacTavish, perhaps sensing that the Oilers were too deep at centre, traded pivot Sam Gagner for winger Teddy Purcell. Today he has one year left on his existing contract and is going to be in a dog fight to stay in the top six.

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