Oilers fans are acutely aware of the problems facing the organization and the possible assets that will be used to satisfy procurement. You cannot read an article on the Oilers these days without reading about the team moving No. 4 overall, RNH, Jordan Eberle or any number of other options. It is also true the idea of an offer sheet—while it exists—feels like a distant bell for Edmonton. Also hanging over the offer sheet discussion: the Oilers owe a second-round selection—this or next year—to the Boston Bruins for the hiring of Peter Chiarelli. Or can they kick it down the road apiece? We have a development.
A NEW WRINKLE
We have a development in the offer sheet world, courtesy the NHLPA (hat tip to PunjabiOil).
Quoting the article:
Renaud Lavoie: The
Players Association filed a grievance when the NHL decided in 2015 to
impose a compensation system (choice of second or third round) in
training who accepted a “leader” or a coach or general manager, is a new
position elsewhere. In its complaint, the NHLPA argued that this had a major impact on the number of teams that could make unwanted offers (offer sheet) to free agents.
More Lavoie (on the agreement between NHL and NHLPA): Here
it is: during the period of free agents this year and in 2017,
Columbus, Edmonton, Toronto and San Jose will therefore be (like 26
other teams) make offers to free agents, even if they don’t have more
choices for second or third round. They may do so by giving them choice next draft or by giving them
choice of second or third round they acquired through such transaction
or a choice of the following year.
Who is impacted, among players?
— Robert Cleave (@rmcleave) May 21, 2016
Sincere thanks to Robert Cleave (and Darcy McLeod) for handy link. What should we look for? Problems.
Aaron Portzline discussing Seth Jones situation: If the cap climbs to $74 million, the Blue Jackets will be OK. If it
stays at $71.4 million, or thereabouts, the Blue Jackets will have
issues. They currently have $66.5 million promised in salaries for 2016-17,
and that doesn’t include Jones’ new deal or a new deal for pending RFA
William Karlsson. It also doesn’t include defenseman Zach Werenski
($1.775 million cap hit, including potential bonuses), who could make
the club as a rookie. Source
We have discussed Seth Jones as an option in the past, and trading RNH for him didn’t make sense to me then or now. Offer sheet? Totally different matter. Jones is just one of many candidates, and the new information gives Edmonton an opportunity to sign Jones (or other) and kick the Chiarelli ransom down the road.