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Oilers Cap Situation Ensures Little Can Be Spent In Free Agency

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Sunday might be a good day to hit the snooze button

2017 NHL Draft - Round One
We got no cap, you guys.
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It’s no secret, the Oilers are in cap trouble.

They’ve yet to sign Darnell Nurse and they’ve yet to sign the crown jewel of the Jordan Eberle deal in Ryan Strome. There’s nothing on the other side of July first that suggests that they’ll bring in any sort of impact player to play on the right wing, they’re simply too cap-strapped to do so.

The Oilers are in the market for a couple of bottom six players, or perhaps a seventh defenceman (The Oilers had a seventh defenceman named Eric Gryba until last week they decided to pay him to go away). Unless they shed salary by ridding themselves of a six million dollar deal, the Oilers are poised to improve their roster by adding the likes of Scottie Upshall. Maybe they can get lucky and snag Tobias Rieder for two million and change. Maybe Brandon Davidson will come back for a third time on a one million dollar deal. That’s looking like a best case scenario form this vantage point on a Wednesday night.

WHY IS THIS A BIG DEAL?

Have you seen the right side? Yeeesh. Unless the Oilers can strike gold on Sunday, there’s a good chance that they’ll open with a right side comprised of Ty Rattie, Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian. Maybe Kailer Yamamoto will be there instead of Ty Rattie, I don’t know. That might be a best-case scenario.

Unless they can shed some salary (or convince someone that they really need Milan Lucic on a sweetheart deal), it could be a quiet Sunday for the Oilers.