May 19 2016 03:40PM
There has been no shortage of conversation this year about the Edmonton Oilers’ obvious need at right defence. Possible candidates have been investigated, with their abilities and the acquisition cost associated with each discussed in depth. The assets that Edmonton has available to trade in the right deal are also well-known at this point.
Less attention has been given to how easy it’s going to improve on the players the Oilers iced at that position last year.
May 19 2016 01:40PM
My Scouting Report series continues today, and the spotlight remains solely on the biggest need for the Oilers: a right shot top-four defenceman. Today we look at the 64th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tyson Barrie. Barrie is an RFA, and he's the latest young Colorado Avalanche player who seems to be in a contract impasse with management.
Barrie is coming off two productive seasons, and will be looking for a substantial raise. What is he worth salary wise, and what would it cost to acquire him?
May 19 2016 08:54AM
Bob McKenzie tweeted the following early this morning.
EDM and Zack Kassian are closing in on a one-year deal.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 19, 2016
I made some inquiries and it is basically a done deal.
What will his salary be?
Kassian made $2 million last year, but he had a cap hit of $1.75 million having made $1.5 million in 2014/2015. He was on his entry-level deal prior to this two-year deal.
Kassian tallied 3-5-8 in 36 games with the Oilers, after scoring 10-6-16 in 42 games with the Canucks in 2015.
I suspect Kassian's one-year deal will be around the $1.5 million.
May 19 2016 07:00AM
Photo Source: Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Among the defencemen projected to be available in the second round is Czech born rearguard Libor Hájek. Hájek has just completed his first season in North America, playing for a rather dreadful Saskatoon Blades team.
Hájek is a defensive defenceman in the modern sense. That is, not a stay-at-home, clear the net type of defender, but one whose reputation is built almost entirely on transitioning the puck out of his own zone rather than in the generation of offence in the opposing zone.
Defencemen of this type are becoming increasingly valuable in the current NHL, where speed and transition are key. While he won't likely be your teams best blueliner, Hájek should be a dependable 2-3 defenceman on a good team.
May 18 2016 07:11PM
The hockey world spent most of the pre-series talking about the legends on the Detroit Red Wings. Honestly, if you listened to the verbal before Game 1, betting a plug nickel on the Oilers would be a silly thing to do. As they say, that's why they play the games.