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The final roster is revealed

Brent Seabrook is Chicago's best way out of a major cap crunch
Brent Seabrook is Chicago's best way out of a major cap crunch
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Finalizing the series. So far this is what has been done or discussed:

This post will wrap up all the parts and fill in any of the missing pieces.

Team Overview

The team assembled in this series looks a little bit like this

Forwards

Line Left Wing Salary Centre Salary Right Wing Salary Total
1 Benoit Pouliot 4,500,000 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6,000,000 Jordan Eberle 6,000,000 16,500,000
2 Taylor Hall 6,000,000 Name Witheld 3,775,000* Nail Yakupov 2,500,000 12,275,000
3 Leon Draisaitl 3,400,000* Anton Lander 987,500 Teddy Purcell 4,500,000 8,887,500
4 Rob Klinkhammer 725,000 Boyd Gordon 3,000,000 Matt Hendricks 1,850,000 5,575,000
Total 43,237,500

Defense

Pairing Left Defense Salary Right Defense Salary Total
1 Mark Fayne 3,625,000 3,625,000
2 Oscar Klefbom 894,167 Justin Schultz 3,675,000 4,596,167
3 Martin Marincin 850,500 Jamie McBain 650,000 1,500,500
Total 9,721,667

Goaltending

Player Name Salary
Cam Talbot 1,450,000
Ben Scrivens 2,300,000
Total 3,750,000

Extras

Player Name Position Salary
Andrew Miller Centre 708,750
Andrew Ference Defense 3,250,000
Total 3,958,750

Buy Out

Player Name Position Salary
Nikita Nikitin Defense 4,500,000
Cap Cost per Season 1,500,000

The total cap cost is $62,167,917 which based off of a $69M cap ceiling that leaves $6,832,083 to spend on a top pairing defenseman or to allow for a trade and retain on a player.

Trade and Retain

The best option to acquire a top pairing defenseman at the least amount of cost to the Oilers is to make a deal with Chicago. The Blackhawks have just come off of their 3rd Stanley Cup in 6 years but they have a real problem, they have only 13 players signed and just $7M left in cap space. The Oilers could be their saving grace if they can convince one of their top defenders to waive his No Trade Clause.

Here is the situation. As I explained here, Chicago needs to resign Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger. Chicago are very close to the cap and they risk losing one or both to offer sheets. Edmonton can make a trade offer that would free up cap space for the Blackhawks while helping the Oilers build a competitive team.

Brent Seabrook is worth $5.8M in salary cap, Antti Raanta is worth $750,000 and Marcus Kruger is worth $2M - $2.5M. Together the three will end up costing Chicago somewhere around $9,050,000. If Chicago takes Ben Scrivens, Jujhar Khaira and a conditional pick in 2016 they free up $4,250,000. The deal could be sweetened even more so if Edmonton retains $1M of Scrivens’ salary in the deal.

This gives the Oilers the top pairing defenseman they need, a relatively reliable backup goalie and Kruger makes Gordon and his $3M salary expendable. With Gordon moved and all of the acquisitions plus salary retention this is what the finally tally looks like.

  • Current Cap: 62,167,917
  • + Brent Seabrook - 67,967,917
  • + Antti Raanta - 68,717,917
  • + Marcus Kruger - 71,217,917
  • - Ben Scrivens - 68,917,917
  • + $1M Salary Retention - 69,917,917
  • - Boyd Gordon - 66,917,917

This scenario leaves $2,082,083 is cap space but fills out the entire roster.

Final Roster

Forwards

Line Left Wing Salary Centre Salary Right Wing Salary Total
1 Benoit Pouliot 4,500,000 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 6,000,000 Jordan Eberle 6,000,000 16,500,000
2 Taylor Hall 6,000,000 Name Witheld 3,775,000* Nail Yakupov 2,500,000 12,275,000
3 Leon Draisaitl 3,400,000* Anton Lander 987,500 Teddy Purcell 4,500,000 8,887,500
4 Rob Klinkhammer 725,000 Marcus Kruger 2,500,000 Matt Hendricks 1,850,000 5,575,000
Total 42,737,500

Defense

Pairing Left Defense Salary Right Defense Salary Total
1 Brent Seabrook 5,800,000 Mark Fayne 3,625,000 9,425,000
2 Oscar Klefbom 894,167 Justin Schultz 3,675,000 4,596,167
3 Martin Marincin 850,500 Jamie McBain 650,000 1,500,500
Total 15,521,667

Goaltending

Player Name Salary
Cam Talbot 1,450,000
Antti Raanta 750,000
Total 2,200,000

Extras

Player Name Position Salary
Andrew Miller Centre 708,750
Andrew Ference Defense 3,250,000
Total 3,958,750

Final Thoughts

I tried to be as conservative as I could in these moves. I didn’t go way out in left field with any of these acquisitions. The plan here was for improvement on the team that could be attainable. There are definitely places I’d have liked to be more aggressive but it would’ve hurt the team in the long run. There are parts I would have liked to move but doing so would’ve been quite difficult to justify. This roster makes the Oilers more competitive, evens out the defense and keeps the majority of the forward lines in tact.