Hope everyone is ready to start the weekend. The Links are ready.
How does the Oilers’ salary cap look? We have a lot of people — other than me — preaching doom and gloom going forward. This piece from fansided takes an in between stance on the matter. (Oil on Whyte)
Now that Leon Draisaitl is signed, reporters can turn their attention to other teams’ players who need contracts. Luke Fox starts with John Tavares. Naturally I think that Tavares is going to sign a long term deal with the islanders at a high cap hit as is what happens when star players near free-agency. GMs get so worried about other teams giving UFAs a dumb contract that they make sure to do it themselves first. (Sportsnet)
What does Peter Chiarelli have planned for the rest of the summer? Not too much of anything by the sounds of it. Jaromir Jagr is mentioned in the Article, as is Jarome Iginla. One of these players can still play, the other cannot. (Edmonton Journal)
Another Fansided site thinks that the Oilers have the right idea signing Draisaitl and Connon McDavid to long term deals. I agree with most of it, especially that bridge contracts are stupid. The first few paragraphs are good but then it talks about the Maple Leafs. It’s a Leafs site so, I guess I’ll let it slide. (editorinleaf)
Copper&Blue will start counting down the top 5 of our Top 25 Under 25 series today. Derek will have one this morning and I will have one in the afternoon. I think #5 might be kind of polarizing. Yesterday featured nice pieces on Adam Larsson and Matt Benning. (#7 and #6)
That’s it for today, enjoy your weekend.