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The Oilers crucial next 10 days

 

What the team looks like next year and what we look like in future will hinge on decisions made over the next 10 days.

 

June 15 – 30 Buy-Out Period (June 15-30) 

 

Sheldon Souray will be offered around at the draft, and if there are no takers a buyout will take place. Any chance Kbabby might get bought out, I don`t think so, but one can hope.

 

 June 24-25 - NHL Entry Draft – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

2011 OILER DRAFT PICKS

Round

Draft Source

Number

This is the pre draft list and there are plenty of rumours suggesting this is a fluid list.  I believe the oilers will maximize their draft, trade some flotsam to expedite player acquisition.

1

OILERS

1

1

KINGS

19

2

OILERS

31

3

OILERS

62

3

FLAMES

74

4

OILERS

92

4

PENGIUNS

113

5

OILERS

122

7

OILERS

182

June 27

Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.  Qualifying offers must be received by this date.  Players, however, cannot accept those Qualifying Offers officially until July 1.  I have indicated my suggestions in the right hand box.

Player

Pos

Age

2010-11 Cap

Keep or Release

Ladislav Smid

D

25

1,300,000

Keep

Andrew Cogliano

F

23

1,000,000

Keep

Taylor Chorney

D

24

941,667

Keep / Trade

Ryan O’Marra

F

23

700,000

Keep

Zack Stortini

F

25

700,000

Trade

Matt Marquardt

F

23

683,333

Release

Jean-Francois Jacques

F

26

615,000

Release / Trade

Kevin Montgomery

D

23

593,333

Keep

Theo Peckham

D

23

550,000

Keep

Bryan Pitton

G

23

541,667

Release

Jordan Bendfeld

D

23

525,000

Release

 

June 28

Impending restricted free agents are free to open talks with any NHL team, including the team holding their rights.  However, no official offers can be made, new contracts, offer sheets, etc, until July 1. This is when you can go after a player with an offer sheet, don`t see the oilers doing this and in his press conference Tambolini indicated this was not part of their plans.

 

http://www.capgeek.com/free_agents.php?year_id=2011&team_id=-1&position_id=-1&fa_type_id=1

 

July 1 Noon eastern: Free agency period begins. Also the first day teams can begin negotiating a contract extension beyond 2011-12, this is when many on the blogosphere hope some holes in the line-up can be addressed.

According to Capgeek these are the pending Un-restricted free agents

http://www.capgeek.com/free_agents.php?year_id=2011&team_id=-1&position_id=-1&fa_type_id=2

I perused the list and found to many choices and wonder if the Oilers Pro scouting are up to the task of Identifying possible diamonds in the rough. That goalie or defensemen, who develops into a useful player when they get a change of scenery.

Oiler 2011 Unrestricted Free Agents

Player

2010-11 Cap

 

Jim Vandermeer

$2,300,000

Will the Oiler resign Vandermeer and or MacIntyre or is the resigning of Gerber the choice.  Maybe none of the above.

Steve MacIntyre

$500,000

Jason Strudwick

$750,000

Jeff Deslauriers

$1,050,000

Richard Petiot

$550,000

Greg Stuart

$550,000

Ben Ondrus

$550,000

Alex Giroux

$500,000

Martin Gerber

$500,000

 

What an exciting time to be a fan, I hope the management team is up to the challenge and decisions made now will have a positive impact on the future.  

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