Edmonton Oilers have spent almost all their money so don’t expect big moves this summer


Team insiders push notion that “less will have to be more” with cap-strapped Oilers

This in, several Oilers insiders suggesting that Edmonton will likely NOT be big game hunting this summer in the trade market.

First, here’s Bob Stauffer of the Oilers organization: “Rumours of the Oilers closing in on a blockbuster deal at this time would be greatly exaggerated IMO…this might be an off-season where less is more.”

Rumours of the Oilers closing in on a blockbuster deal at this time would be greatly exaggerated IMO…this might be an off-season where less is more

— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) May 17, 2018

And then there was hockey analyst Craig Simpson, a former Oilers player and asst. coach, who said it would be difficult to make a big move for a star d-man. “What you see around the league is that it’s rare that you make a big splash.”

Simpson suggested the Oilers don’t have the cap space to make such a move as signing unrestricted free agent John Carlson, and that Carlson, an American, might not want to play in Canada. “My guess is you’re going to have to tweak and you’re going to have to add guys and you’re going to have to hope some young players that you maybe give an opportunity fill in.”

Nate Schmidt was a healthy scratch 22 times last year for the Washington Capitals but is now on the shut-down pairing for Vegas, Simpson said. “There are times when players just need the opportunity, they need the support, and they need to go through some of the lumps to get through that level of playing. I think that is the tack you’re probably going to have to take.”

My take
For salary cap reasons if nothing else, I suspect Stauffer and Simpson are right here, and that TSN’s Ryan …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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