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“Nurse’s contract negotiations are not going well at all.” – Bob McKenzie

We’re days away from training camp and Darnell Nurse does not have a contract yet. No big deal, right? Wrong!

I honestly haven’t been too concerned over the past couple of weeks with Nurse’s contract negotiations taking so long. I was very confident that the two parties would be able to work something out. Nurse wants to play hockey, and the Oilers want him to play hockey with them. Easy, right? Well it seemed easy until Bob McKenzie started talking about how he doesn’t think the contract negotiations are going well at all. Take a look for yourself:

Reported on by Chris Nichols, McKenzie seems very hesitant about the current contract talk. All summer we’ve been guessing that the contract would land somewhere between $3.3-3.5 million per year for a two year bridge deal. HOWEVER, last week Darren Dreger stated that he’d be surprised if Nurse gets anything over $3 million per year.  This was a little unsettling as Darnell Nurse deserves way more than three million per year. Especially since we signed Mikko Koskinen to $2.5 million this past summer.

Darnell Nurse is one of our best defenceman, and his contract definitely shouldn’t have been left for last, especially after Caggiula’s and Benning’s. Although I don’t know what the discussions are about inside those rooms, it just seems confusing to me the way this is turning out. We are now left with very limited cap space, not leaving much for Darnell. I’m sure he doesn’t feel too great about that either.

With training camp approaching quickly and Bob McKenzie dropping this truth bomb on us, I’m starting to get a little stressed out. What do you guys think, is this thing going to get done before camp begins?

NURSE’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2013-14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 4 0 1 1 0 -1 3 0 1 1 7
2014-15 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 36 10 23 33 58 18 14 3 5 8 26
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 4 0 4 4 4
2014-15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -2
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 0 2 2 7 2
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 3 7 10 60 -13
2016-17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 5 6 11 33 0 13 0 2 2 6
2017-18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 6 20 26 67 15
NHL Totals 197 14 33 47 160 13 0 2 2 6

  • Consultant

    I’m actually estatic to hear this. Chia is actually negotiating for a good deal?? This is huge wonderful news to me. Maybe someone forced him to read a book on negotiating after the Koskinen deal (2.5 million and I don’t even know how to spell his name).

    • Whenisitenough

      Get a life you bum
      What does it matter to you if Nurse gets $2.5 million/yr or $3.5million/yr.
      Do you think that matters?
      All you loser on here that nitpick at what a person makes I didn’t know you are paying their salary. I guess Katz needs your help to save him money?
      McDavid could’ve got the max it still wouldn’t matter.
      What matters is signing useless players like Sekera, Russel and Lucic. A band aid, a flopper and a boat anchor.

      Looks at Leon. Only 5 players scored 70 points back to back in the last 2 season and yet you losers still say he is over paid. What a garbage fan bases. Complain about everything.

  • GK1980

    Chia is very poor at organizing his priorities. Like you said sign cags and Benning before nurse? I mean should you you rather have. Cags or nurse? Weird.

    Also read that bob mentioned that Lucic did in fact ask for a trade. Is this true? If so oil need to lose this guy ASAP. If at 7 mill a year he can’t handle that pressure then he ain’t worth it.

  • Copper

    I like Nurse. He’s big, strong , fast and physical. What he does lack is offensive hockey sense. Too many of his “break out” passes end up as icings. I don’t see him as anything higher than a #4 Dman. A very good #4 Dman. But why should he rate almost double if Benning? Under $3M for sure. Upwards of $4M on a long term. With the small amount of Cap space to sign Nurse and have enough to cover potential bonuses for Bouchard , Yamamoto and Pulijajvi (should any make the team) Nurse could be looking at $2.25M/year. About 2 1/2 times what he made.

  • Spaceman Spiff

    Hey what if … and I’m just spitballing here … McKenzie’s, like, wrong? Like just-got-back-from-the-summer-cottage-in-Muskoka shooting-from-the-hip wrong? I like Bob as much as the next hockeyphile – been following his stuff since his days as the Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News – but am I supposed to just take his work for it?

    He says “by all accounts” the Nurse negotiations are going bad. What accounts? All we’ve heard is they’re fine and that all parties say he’ll be in camp and on the roster. Where’s his source on this?

    As for Lucic, both his agent and the man himself denied the rumours of a trade demand – quite convincingly – all summer. Lucic has said and done all the right things all summer. Is a man’s word worth nothing anymore?

    I also think he needs to can the “crime against hockey humanity.” Mario wasn’t in the playoffs the first 4 years of his career. Sakic missed 4 out of his first 5 seasons. Yzerman’s Wings were bad until 1991. I obviously don’t want that kind of wait for the Oilers or McDavid (or all of us!), but perspective… please!

    The bottom line here is just because it’s Bob McKenzie or Frank Seravelli or Darren Freakin’ Dreger phoning in once a week to the local TSN radio affiliate, doesn’t mean that they’ve conducted any actual reportage or news gathering in advance of their phone call. And I think if you operate a local fan blog and you’re going to treat something like a “truth bomb,” you should probably be looking at it through a more skeptical lens. Heck, you might even demand some sort of proof or something like that.

    Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not playing the “fake news” card. I get that part of the fun of being a sports fan is pontificating and speculating and throwing stuff out there. Heck, I was a sports reporter once. It’s fun. And Bob’s entitled to his opinion. But … honestly … I think we all need to realize that those contractually-obligated phone-ins the talent at TSN’s Mothership make each week out to the radio affiliates in the western outposts are probably more theatre than fact. And they’re certainly stir up more dust than they’re worth.