Eberle Signs – Oilers Surpass Contract Limit?

Eberle

Jordan Eberle signed an entry-level deal today, clearing the way for him to join Springfield for the remainder of the season. It’s a signing that may have some ramifications for players on the bubble.

The NHL imposes a 50-contract limit on NHL teams, meaning that any team can have no more than 50 players signed to contracts with an NHL component in any given year. The official website of the Nashville Predators did a very good breakdown of the rules governing rosters and contracts, and it’s well worth a read for anyone interested.

In any case, this issue has come up a couple of times with the Oilers; as an example, last summer Grant Potulny was allowed to leave for Europe because he wanted a contract with an NHL component and the team was too close to the 50-man limit.

As far as I can tell, this is the list of players currently under contract to the Oilers (much of the information courtesy of nhlscap.com). Contracts that expire this summer are in bold, and players are ranked by position and then NHL cap hit (the exception being Jordan Eberle, who signed for an undisclosed amount):

Forwards

Dustin Penner
Ales Hemsky
Shawn Horcoff
Patrick O’Sullivan
Fernando Pisani
Ales Kotalik
Ethan Moreau
Robert Nilsson
Sam Gagner
Gilbert Brule
Ryan O’Marra
Andrew Cogliano
Bryan Lerg
Marc Pouliot
Rob Schremp
Zack Stortini
Colin McDonald
Slava Trukhno
David Rohlfs
Ryan Potulny
Geoff Paukovich
Ryan Stone
Stephane Goulet
Steve MacIntyre
J-F Jacques
Liam Reddox
Tyler Spurgeon
Carl Corazzini
Kyle Brodziak
Tim Sestito
*Jordan Eberle

Total: 30

Defensemen

Lubomir Visnovsky
Sheldon Souray
Tom Gilbert
Steve Staios
Denis Grebeshkov
Taylor Chorney
Ladislav Smid
Cody Wild
Josef Hrabal
Jason Strudwick
Theo Peckham
Bryan Young
Jordan Bendfeld
Sebastien Bisaillon
Mathieu Roy

Total: 15

Goaltenders

Dwayne Roloson
Devan Dubnyk
Jeff Deslauriers
Bryan Pitton
Dany Sabourin

Total: 5

Total Players Under Contract: 51

The Oilers now have fifty-one players under contract, but because Jordan Eberle’s entry-level deal doesn’t kick in until next season, they have not surpassed the 50-man limit for this year. One would suspect that some of the deadwood is going to be cleared out of the system; David Rohlfs, Carl Corazzini and Stephane Goulet will certainly be let go while some of the other names in bold (McDonald, Roy, Young, Bisaillon, Sabourin in particular, but others as well) are on the edge.

The Oilers could stand to be a little more discriminating when they offer contracts; Bryan Pitton, who is signed for three more years has been eclipsed by the undrafted Andrew Perugini this season. Perugini was signed to an AHL-ECHL deal out of training camp because there was no room for him in the NHL system. Names like Tim Sestito and Geoff Paukovich stand out in a similar manner.

  • Hippy

    I'd be quite interested to see/know who the remaining 40 players on that "90 Player Reserve List" are at the moment..?

    Is there any way of finding this information out..?

    x6

  • Hippy

    @ TV:

    Everybody who the Oilers have drafted but not signed (i.e. guys like Philippe Cornet, Teemu Hartikainen, etc.). Where it gets sticky is with the Europeans; with the North American picks it's pretty easy to tell who they still have rights to and who they've let go.

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    @ TV:
    Everybody who the Oilers have drafted but not signed (i.e. guys like Philippe Cornet, Teemu Hartikainen, etc.). Where it gets sticky is with the Europeans; with the North American picks it’s pretty easy to tell who they still have rights to and who they’ve let go.

    I assumed the unsigned draftee players part JW, I was wondering more along the lines of (I should have been more clear) if there was some older Euro's or college players who were not drafted who might also be on that list.

    If you, or anyone here has any of that info, it would be great if they could pass it on to everyone here.

    x6

  • Hippy

    TV wrote:

    I was wondering more along the lines of (I should have been more clear) if there was some older Euro’s or college players who were not drafted who might also be on that list.

    I don't think there's anyone like that on their list; aside from the draft, the only way to get a player's rights without signing him to an NHL contract would be via trade, and I can't think of anyone who would fit.

    There are guys like Andrew Perugini who are signed by the Oilers AHL affiliate, but their NHL rights are (as I understand it) fair game for anyone.

  • Hippy

    Oilersordeath wrote:

    Any body have any good info on prospect Phillipe Cornet? Curious to whether or not he’s worth being exited about.

    I can tell you that he scored at a very similar pace this year to Jordan Eberle. It's early, but he looks like a quality prospect, IMO.

    Worth more than quite a few guys currently in the AHL.

  • Hippy

    I posted this in the wrong blog thread.

    How do teams have jerseys ready to go for the players they want to draft? Like if Eberle was 22nd overall, how did they have a jersey with his name on it?

  • Hippy

    the eligible draftees names are preprinted on an iron on transfer, once the team is established they just press them onto the appropriate jersey. If you have watched the draft its slow and painful and that is one of the many holdups…. besides waiting for the phone to ring and offering you Datsyuk for JF Jacques straight up.