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Hot Links: Thursday, October 8

The calm before the UFA storm, Draft recaps, Jesse Puljujarvi’s return, Jacob Markstrom Taylor Hall, other Oilers rumors, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Big day yesterday. I’ll save my bloviating about the Draft as I’ve got a Day 2 review in the... drafts... that I’ll be posting around noon today.

Today marks the calm before the UFA storm, with one day’s reprieve before the weirdest Free Agent Frenzy of our lifetime kicks off tomorrow. Here are the biggest rumors I’m seeing so far:

Ken Holland did mention in his availability this week that the Oilers will look to Free Agency to address their goaltending. Markstrom is probably the biggest name — and perhaps the best goalie available — but local smart guy Darcy McLeod (@Woodguy55) ran the numbers and came up with this:

Quite honestly? I agree with him. I don’t think targeting a big UFA goalie makes sense. I was hoping Holland would be trying to identify a 1B in Free Agency that could capably deputize Koskinen, one that could deputize Koskinen like Mike Smith did, only better, and for about half the money (or less). If they grab Markstrom, they probably have to trade Koskinen. Anything approaching $10MM spent on their goaltenders is far too much, IMO.

Of course, there are differing opinions:

Then, there’s this:


But, before we get too excited:

Something to pay attention to over the next 24-48 hours, for sure.

Also, in case you missed it, the Oilers brought back Jesse Puljujarvi into the fold yesterday:

A two-year deal at $1.175MM AAV represents a pretty nice piece of business for Ken Holland, and the two-year term is icing on the cake. Really hard to see any downside to this one. Even Puljujarvi seems excited:


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