Monday Musings: Why NHL keeps overpaying free agents

Jason Gregor
July 04 2016 12:56PM


You've had 72 hours to digest another NHL spending spree. In 2015, teams spent $227.9 million on day one of free agency, but this year they handed over $424.1 million, which is the second highest amount in the past seven years. In 2014, NHL GM's went crazy, spending $528.1 million.

Two years later many teams already have buyers remorse.

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Mailbag Monday - Hall, Lucic, and Puljujarvi

July 04 2016 07:00AM


What a week! This week, we see what the writers think of the Taylor Hall trade now that a few days have passed, the pros and cons of signing Lucic to a long term deal, Jesse Puljujarvi, and more. If you have a question for next week's mailbag you can always feel free to fire off an email to or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Now let's all gather around to kill some company time and learn something. 

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Oilers Sign Taylor Beck

Scott Zerr
July 03 2016 06:10PM

Out goes one Taylor. In comes another.

The Oilers added some depth on Sunday by announcing the signing of winger Taylor Beck, a former third-round pick of the Nashville Predators (70 th overall, 2009). Beck can play both the left and right side, and the 25-year-old will likely start the season with the Bakersfield Condors.

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Shopping in Condor Country

Scott Zerr
July 03 2016 02:24PM


The big club isn’t the only one going shopping at this time of year. 

There’s also a hunt for free-agent talent happening with the Bakersfield Condors, and while the Oilers helped them out on one front big getting hulking Mark Fraser for the blue line, there’s still a little more left on head coach Gerry Fleming’s list.

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July 03 2016 10:26AM

The day Edmonton won the 2015 draft lottery, we all agreed that one moment changed everything. 'Free agents will want to come here now!' was the claim. Well, in the excitement of a great moment things are said, but it is quite another thing for the item to be proven. In the two July 1's since McDavid was drafted, is Edmonton shopping in a better part of free agency?

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