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Former Oiler may be tomorrow’s big splash in free agency

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It could be the biggest free agent splash in some time.

No, I’m not talking about John Tavares. It’s something much bigger than that. I’m talking about Kyle Brodziak, who just might be the big free agent acquisition for the Oilers tomorrow.

Not doing much for you? Well.

You’ll remember Brodziak when he was drafted fifteen years ago by the Oilers in the seventh round of the ‘03 draft. He spent two full seasons with the Oilers before getting shipped off to Minnesota for a fourth and a fifth round selection. Since then, he spent six years with the Wild and three in with the Blues. He had a career year with the Wild in 2011-12 when he notched 22 goals and 22 assists. Last year saw him put up 33 points (10-23-33) with the Blues.

WHY BRODZIAK?

Simple, it’s all they can afford.

Brodziak would be a fair replacement at 4C for Mark Letestu, who was moved last season at the deadline. I don’t think he’ll come near 33 points (that’s Ryan Strome area!) while on the bottom six in Edmonton, but that’d be simply ravishing if he did. If the Oilers were to secure a deal for Kyle Brodziak sometime tomorrow, he’d be a solid acquisition for not a lot of dough. Having just turned 34, a one year deal for Brodziak would likely be optimal. This means that he’ll probably get two.

Join us tomorrow for the 2018 version of Free Agent Frenzy. We’ll recap all of the day’s actions, and we’ll be glued to our seats waiting to see if Kyle Brodziak comes back to the team that drafted him 214th overall in 2003.

The fun starts at 10 Sunday morning. Don’t miss a thing.