2015 Free Agency Discussion Thread

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-01

Miss anything in today's free agent frenzy? Catch up right here. THIS IS THE DAY, YOUR LIFE WILL SURELY CHANGE Well, hopefully things start to line up out here. Happy Canada Day, you guys. The Oilers made a couple of moves at the 2015 NHL Draft this past weekend, acquiring Griffin Reinhart from the Islanders and Eric Gryba from the Senators.  They'll need to do quite a bit more today in order to ice a competitive defence under new GM Peter Chiarelli . WE'RE READY FOR FREE AGENCY The Oilers are going to have to sign at least one, preferably two defencemen today.  With all the hoopla surrounding this past weekend's moves, the Oilers can't run the ship with only the parts acq

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Oilers: Peter Chiarelli’s To-Do List

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-01

After taking over from Craig MacTavish as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers back in late April, Peter Chiarelli was well aware of the situation he was getting himself into. While he was gifted Connor McDavid at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the former Boston Bruins GM has wasted little time in trying to put his stamp on this roster. Chiarelli went out and tried to address this team’s need in-goal by acquiring Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers at the draft for a couple of mid-round picks. He also added another young defenceman into the mix by sending a first and second pick to the New York Islanders in exchange for Griffin Reinhart. And closed his weekend out by bringing in bluelin

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Report: Edmonton Oilers may be interested in a free agent goaltender

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Edmonton Oilers may not be done addressing their goaltending situation. Even with recently acquired Cam Talbot and incumbent goalie Ben Scrivens both under contract for next year, the team has apparently reached out to at least two free agent goalies: Hearing that the Oilers have kicked the tires on UFA goalies Ramo and Neuvirth… but I think Ramo more likely to re-sign with Flames — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2015 Of course, tire-kicking is a long way from actually signing. Edmonton has reason to feel let down by Scrivens, who was the team’s starting goalie last year, and the team may not be eager to retain him as a ba

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The Free Agency Live Blog

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-01

It's the most wonderful day of the year! CANADA DAY! Hell yeah! Of course I'm taking about free agency day and how this is the most wonderful time of year... for agents mostly. For some, free agency means a massive payday whether they truly deserved it or not. For others, they will have to wait well into August before they even get their name on the dotted line. How much will the Oilers get done? How much will they spend? We shall see.

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Oilers Contact Trio of Big Name UFAs

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-01

According to the tweet below from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and a report on theScore, the Edmonton Oilers have made contact with three if the bigger UFAs available on the market.   The Oilers will try for a UFA d-man today, they've already contacted camps for the likes of Franson, Sekera, Green, among others… — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2015 Mike Green and Cody Franson are right-handed shooting offensive dmen. Sekera is a two-way dman who shoots left. Of the three I’d prefer to have Green and Sekera but I’m of the opinion that they will cost dearly. Franson is the youngest of the three and he’s more likely to take the body more as his

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Edmonton Oilers to go after top UFA d-men Cody Franson, Andrej Sekera and Mike Green, LeBrun reports

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

This just in from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: “The Oilers will try for a UFA d-man today, they’ve already contacted camps for the likes of Franson, Sekera, Green, among others…” My take This is pretty much the opposite of what CHED’s Bob Stauffer said yesterday when he insisted we can take Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli at his word that the Oilers would not be going after a top UFA d-man. “I am just saying don’t spend stupid money on the opening day of free agency, and the GM has pretty much indicated that,” Stauffer said. Stauffer later added of the four bigger-name UFA d-men, he’d be most keen on Sekera and also that the Oilers situation might change in rega

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Rumor Roundup: Buzz surrounding the big name free agents

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-01

On the eve of the 2015 NHL free agent period, here’s a look at the latest speculation involving the notable UFAs. Mike Green: Considered by most observers the best player available in this summer’s UFA market, the 29-year-old Green should attract interest from several clubs. Among the suitors could be the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers. The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika included Green on his list of possible free-agent targets for the Stars. Alexander Semin: He enters the UFA market following a contract buyout by the Carolina Hurricanes. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press wonders if the Detroit Red Wings could have interest in the 31-yea

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RE-MAKE/RE-MODEL

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-01

Peter Chiarelli owes it to Todd McLellan. The Oilers owe it to their fans. The organization owes it to Connor McDavid. The Edmonton Oilers have to turn north, next season. The new GM has added a goaltender, two defensemen, a speedy checker and Connor McDavid, but he needs to add more. There’s talk of tweaking, but beginning today Chiarelli will need to search the market for a top defender—and then pay the price when the opportunity arises. In his first full season as Boston Bruins’ GM, Chiarelli added Andrew Ference, Aaron Ward and Dennis Wideman via trade. Later, the club acquired Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg. That’s a lot of defensive talent and of course they d

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Complete Edmonton Oilers depth chart entering free agency

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

It’s July 1, the day the NHL’s annual summer shopping spree begins. Many expect the Edmonton Oilers to be quiet, perhaps targeting one or two players but keeping their powder dry if those preferred targets turn elsewhere. Looking at the club’s depth chart, however, there is plenty of motivation for new general manager Peter Chiarelli to act, as the team has some easily identifiable flaws and some good work today could go a long way toward addressing them. Where does the team stand today? Let’s look at the depth chart as it heads into free agency. Forwards I haven’t bothered with line combinations here; the idea is just to get a feel for the depth chart. Orange represents a player

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Undrafted defenceman Loik Leveille is an intriguing Edmonton Oilers camp invitee

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

One of the interesting items after the NHL’s annual entry draft is the invitation of undrafted players to training camp. Edmonton did it last year with Vladimir Tkachev, attempting to sign the dynamic winger before it became clear that he was ineligible for a contract . In other instances, though, teams have invited players and signed them, landing extra talent without expending a draft pick. So it’s noteworthy that on Monday TVA’s Mikael Lalancette reported that undrafted QMJHL defenceman Loik Leveille would be going to camp with the Oilers: Loïk Léveillé va assister au camp des Oilers d’Edmonton. Il avait aussi été invité par San Jose, Montréal, Arizona et Philadelphie.

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Canadian Christmas

Source: Oilers Addict
Date: 2015-07-01

It was a curious day today as we got some insight into what Chiarelli has planned tomorrow. The movement of defensive center Boyd Gordon for winger Korpikoski can only mean that ChiaPete has center depth on its way. The names that make the most sense to me are Matthias or…GULP…Horcoff… The Oilers will have to [...] The post Canadian Christmas appeared first on Oilers Addict.

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Should the Edmonton Oilers trade Nail Yakupov?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-07-01

It’s an interesting, unsettled time for the Oilers’ franchise as new general manager Peter Chiarelli settles in and remakes the team in his preferred image. We don’t know what that image is or who will be sacrificed in its creation, and the rumour mill to-date has been all over the map and not so reliable. Still, it stands to reason that Nail Yakupov should probably be more unsettled than many of his teammates.

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