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Next Year’s Free Agents (or “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead”)

The Edmonton Oilers are almost through this summer’s free agent business, with only Leon Draisaitl to go. The club will come in well under the cap for this season based on current trajectory, and that includes max on all bonuses (extremely unlikely). Source: NHL Numbers. Getting under the cap involved one cost cutting move (Eberle…

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No W in RNH

The addition of Ryan Strome combined with Peter Chiarelli’s comments about Strome being a natural centre created some discussion on who would be the top-three centres on the Oilers. I expect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start the season playing centre. Nugent-Hopkins scored 34 points in 55 games in 2016, and followed it up with his worst…

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The Roundup

The Oilers rocked out at Eberle’s wedding, Canucks make changes to front office, the clock is ticking on an arena deal in Calgary, a look at the summer in the Central and Pacific divisions, Mitch Marner, Mike Smith, and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen