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Free Agency 2018: Slim Pickings

Oilers free agency crystal ball appears to be getting clearer

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Jason Chimera is probably in that price range that the Oilers can squeeze
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Come Sunday, there may be a roster addition or two.

We’ve already established that whatever roster addition comes, it likely won’t be a significant one, though the Oilers might be able to orchestrate a shrewd deal or two if all goes right.

Some names out there today:


Rieder would all but certainly be the best possible addition the Oilers could make to the club on Sunday. Too bad three other Canadian teams are likely in on him.

A former 2011 fourth round selection for the Oilers, he was traded in 2013 under Steve Tambellini’s watch after he was not offered a deal. Rieder scored just 25 points between Arizona and Los Angeles in 2017-18, but had seasons of 34 and 37 points in the two years prior. He’s a perfect third line candidate on a good hockey club. Tobias Rieder is coming off his second year of a two year 4.5MM deal. With (at least) three other NHL clubs interested, it would appear his chances of coming to Edmonton are rather slim.


The Taber, AB native could be an inexpensive option as a 6/7 defenceman once again should the Oilers make the call. Davidson spent 2017-18 with three clubs in Montreal, Edmonton and the Islanders, he’s coming off a 2 year deal that averaged 1.425MM a year. Could probably be had for one year at something similar. Edmonton would be a viable destination for him should the club wish to keep Ethan Bear in the AHL full time in 2018-19.


Another local product, the 39-year old Chimera finished last season splitting time between the Islanders and Ducks. He managed to put up just 13 points last season, the winger would likely be a fourth line winger should he get the call. He’s coming off the last season in a two-year deal that saw him average 2.25MM a year. If he’s interested in a reunion tour with Edmonton, the Oilers are probably good for about half of that.

If these sweet moves aren’t doing it for you, there’s always the chance the Oilers are just waiting to trade Milan Lucic to a team that needs to hit the cap floor.