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Other than signing Ethan Bear, is there one more move for the Edmonton Oilers to be made this offseason?

2020 NHL Draft - Round One
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Ken Holland has suggested in a SiriusXM interview that the Oilers (outside of an Ethan Bear extension) are getting close to wrapping it up this offseason.

Since free agency has opened on Friday, Oilers GM Ken Holland has made a handful of moves.

  • Brought back Jesse Puljujarvi for two years (2x1.175 AAV),
  • signed Kyle Turris to a two year deal (2x1.65 AAV)
  • come to terms with Tyson Barrie (1 x 3.75)
  • signed a one year deal with Alan Quine (725K)
  • and a goaltender Anton Forsberg (700K)
  • and everyone’s favourite move of the long weekend (so far!), come to a deal with The Battler Mike Smith (1.5MM-NTC)

Four new faces and a couple of folks returning to the fold give a good idea of what Ken Holland’s 2020-21 is shaping up to be.

There’s still a little bit of business to be taken care of, as Ethan Bear will need a new contract. But is that it? Is the plan to wait for Oscar Klefbom to get put on IR and then sign Bear to a bridge deal?

There’s a couple of things that **could** be done. The Oilers could swing one of their right wings out to fetch a left wing. Maybe they’d like to pick up another defenceman on the left side; maybe their plan is to sign William Lagesson and call it a day. The problem with any signings is that any deal would need to be a dollar-for-dollar deal as the Oilers are a couple hundred thousand away from the cap.

Does Holland have another move in him? What is it?