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Oilers extend qualifying offers to Nurse, Strome, and Slepyshev

According to the Edmonton Oilers’ Twitter account, the team has extended qualifying offers to Darnell Nurse, Ryan Strome, and Anton Slepyshev. This is an expected move by the Oilers as it allows them to retain the players’ rights as they continue to negotiate new contracts. 

All three of Nurse, Strome, and Slepyshev are restricted free agents for the Oilers and guys whose rights they want to protect, though there is an obvious difference among them being that Anton Slepyshev is on his way back to the KHL. On the other hand, Nurse and Strome will be on the team next year, but they also need contracts and extending them qualifying offers keeps them under team control until a deal gets worked out. For Slepyshev, the QO keeps his rights just in case he ever wants to start a North American comeback tour, or if they want to use him as an add-in on a trade.

While we don’t know how the negotiations are going with Nurse and Strome just yet, you’d have to imagine that these are two guys that Peter Chiarelli would like to get done sooner than later. Darryl is obviously a huge part of the defence and Ryan Strome seems to have settled in nicely as the third line centre. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the organization handles these contracts with Darnell Nurse, in particular, most in line for a hefty pay raise. Do they bridge? Do they go long-term? What about Strome? His QO is $3 million which seems like a big ticket for a 30-35 point guy. Does Chiarelli try to go a bit longer with him at a lower AAV?

With the Oilers going up against the cap sooner than later, I can’t wait to see how they fit all of these pieces together. What do you guys think?

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Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 6/23/2018 – 1:51 pm MST

  • Drivefastfinishlast

    Oilers have $10.9 million left in cap space.
    Looks like they will be starting the next season with the same roster.
    Considering Montoya get sent down.
    Oilers need to add 4 more players after they sign Strome and Nurse to have a 23 man roster.

  • Drivefastfinishlast

    What’s more pathetic they even gave Anton Slepyshev a QO. Yeah all the damage Chiarelli did with the Oilers better not let Slepyshev get away for nothing. He might come back to the NHL.lol
    Chiarelli turned the Oilers into a joke.
    We drafted McDaivd who is the fastest and most skilled player in the world and Chiarelli builds a slow heavy team around him.

    • Big Nuggets

      I’m totally fine with a 8 year 5 million deal for Nurse. He will live up to it in a year or two. Next year there isn’t much that can be done with the roster. I don’t think we should compromise the future years in order to sqeeze in a scoring winger for next season. Its an unfortunate set of circumstances but I hope frustration doean’t lead to poor decisions.

      • LAKID

        I wouldn’t do 5M for Nurse he has regressed and looked poor at the iihf tourney, also could have dressing room issues. Oiler’s would keep Drai over Nurse one would think.

  • a lg dubl dubl

    I’m hoping for the best of both bridge and long term. 4 or 5 years 3.8mil for Nurse. Little more than the reported 3mil 2 year bridge and long enough term for the team it doesn’t really effect the cap like it would if PC offered a 4.5-5mil 8 year contract.

    • OriginalPouzar

      4-5 years would be a terrible move – it would take him a year or two in to UFA status. Either bridge him at 3 or less so that he’s an RFA upon expiry or go long term and buy more UFA years.

  • OriginalPouzar

    Spewing vitriol towards the GM for keeping a players rights with zero negative implications (no cap, no place on the 50 contract limit, nothing) as opposed to losing the asset for nothing – its tough to take any comment seriously when there is clearly no desire for objectivity and reasonableness.