Tom Gilbert, 6yrs, 24 million


Tom Gilbert was signed by the Oilers today to a 6-yr, 24 million dollar contract. Other players recently signed in similar dollars & years range :



CGY - Robyn Regehr - 20mil/5yrs (4)
CHI - Brent Seabrook - 10.5mil/3yrs (3.5)
COL - Brett Clark - 7mil/2yrs (3.5)
MIN - Brent Burns - 14.2mil/4yrs (3.55)
MIN - Nick Schultz - 21mil/6yrs (3.5)
SJ - Matt Carle - 13.75mil/4yrs (3.44)
STL - Barrett Jackman - 14.4mil/4yrs (3.6)
VAN - Kevin Bieksa - 11.25mil/3yrs (3.75)

Most of those guys compare fairly well with what Gilbert is, but most also have more of a track record. This signing isn't as bad as I first thought, but still isn't great. Worst of all, between the Oilers commitment to Staios and Souray, we're looking at 12.2 million a year in cap hit for the next three years. That's basically 25% of the cap on three defenceman, none of whom is really established as a top-pairing guy. My guess for next season:

Gilbert-Grebs-Staios-Souray-Smid-Greene-Roy, with the young guys and one of Allan Rourke/T.J. Kemp in the minors in case of injury. So long, Joni Pitkanen, we hardly knew you. (As a further note, it is a really, really, good bet that my prediction of Pitkanen going in a 1-for-3 trade comes true at the draft).


Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Join The Copper & Blue

You must be a member of The Copper & Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Copper & Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker