CHIARELLI IN FREE AGENCY: ONE YEAR AGO

Lowetide
June 30 2016 07:39PM

A year ago, Peter Chiarelli had a giant list of problems to solve and by July 1 had addressed goaltending (Cam Talbot) and some defensive issues (Griffin Reinhart, Eric Gryba)—some successful, some not so much. He would enter the free agency segment of the summer with a dire need for a top defenseman and a two-way center. As we head toward another July 1, here is a quick look back at the UFA season in 2015—and what it might tell us about tomorrow.

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Milan Lucic Holds All the Cards

Jonathan Willis
June 30 2016 05:55PM

It’s generally not a good idea to look for contract value at the very top of the summer free agent list, and it would be a surprise if Milan Lucic were an exception to the rule. This is the best chance he’s ever going to have to cash-in on his formidable reputation, and nobody could blame him for going after the best combination of dollars and term out there.

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Goodbye Taylor Hall

jeanshorts
June 30 2016 02:30PM

Well my worst nightmares are coming true; the Golden Boys of the Rebuild 2.0 era are slowly being traded away, and my hopes of watching an Oilers playoff run in the near future are once again being dashed. Hopefully I'm proven VERY wrong, and Adam Larsson will be exactly what the doctor ordered, but for now I will mourn the loss of Edmonton's best player over the last 6 years. So long Taylor. Sorry things had to end this way. I will always be grateful for what you did during your time in Edmonton, and I'll miss you dearly. Good luck in New Jersey!  

See you on the other side, 

Jeanshorts. 

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What will Larsson bring to Oilers?

Jason Gregor
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.

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So Long Korpikoski

baggedmilk
June 30 2016 10:09AM

Korpikoski

According to Bob McKenzie the Oilers have placed Lauri Korpikoski on waivers for the purpose of a buy out.

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