Today is sure to be one of the busiest day of the calendar year for the NHL. After a fairly low-event draft, the free agency period officially opens at 10am (MTN). The Edmonton Oilers have been linked to quite a few big names on the market as they search to fill the holes on their roster. I am here to help you keep track of EVERY big move and rumour during today’s frenzy and to discuss how things shake out. Keep checking back regularly for the latest updates.
Let’s get into things...
OFFICIAL OILERS TRANSACTIONS:
- Oilers sign C Kyle Turris to a two year deal with an AAV of $1.65 million
- Oilers sign C Alan Quine to a one year deal with an AAV of 750k
- Oilers sign C Seth Griffith to a two year deal with an AAV of 725k
- Oilers sign G Anton Forsberg to a one-year deal
- Oilers resign F Tyler Ennis to a one-year deal with an AAV of $1 million
- Oilers sign D Tyson Barrie to a one-year deal with an AAV of $3.75 million
Oilers Roster Holes:
Third Line Center — Kyle Turris
Goaltender — (vacant)
Top line winger — (vacant)
Depth scoring — Tyler Ennis
Top 4 defender — Tyson Barrie
Rumoured Oilers Targets:
Jacob Markstrom (G) — signed six-year deal with CGY (6.0AAV)
Braden Holtby (G) — signed two-year deal with VAN (4.3AAV)
Corey Crawford (G) — signed two-year deal with NJ (3.9AAV)
Thomas Griess (G) — signed two year deal with DET (3.6AAV)
Tyson Barrie (RD) — signed one-year deal with EDM (3.75AAV)
TJ Brodie (LD) — signed four-year deal with TOR (5.0AAV)
Travis Hamonic (RD) — unsigned
Taylor Hall (LW) — unsigned
Mike Hoffman (LW) — unsigned
Anthony Duclair (LW) — unsigned
Kyle Turris (C) — signed two-year deal with EDM (1.65AAV)
Erik Haula (C) — unsigned
Mikko Koivu (C) — unsigned
Dominik Kahun (C) — unsigned
News & Rumours (updated regularly with new updates at the top)
2:25pm: It looks like a homecoming for Taylor Hall is not in the cards for Edmonton
Though talked about a lot locally, It was always a long shot, so no major surprise here, but a return to Edmonton unlikely for Taylor Hall.. doesn't sound like any discussions are being had at this point. Money never really made sense.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 9, 2020
2:09pm: The Markstrom deal is confirmed to be a 6x6 in Calgary....bullet dodged by Edmonton
6x6 for Markstrom— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
2:08pm: Former Oiler, Justin Schultz, is getting PAID in Washington...
8 Million for 2 years for Justin Schultz to the Capitals.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) October 9, 2020
2:06pm: Oilers remain in on D Tyson Barrie...
Oilers are in the mix on Tyson Barrie. Would likely be a short term deal. Chance to QB the league's #1 pp on a show me type deal would make some sense.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 9, 2020
1:17pm: Former Oiler, Matt Benning, will NOT be returning to Edmonton. He has signed in Nashville
Hearing Matt Benning to NASH, 2x$1M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
1:09pm: Shattenkirk trades to the east coast for the west coast...signs in Anaheim
Hearing Kevin Shattenkirk to ANA— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
1:04pm: Pierre Lebrun linking Edmonton to Crawford and Griess...They’ll be added to the list!
Oilers have checked in on the likes of Thomas Greiss and Corey Crawford but nothing cooking there at the moment. I think Edmonton is going to be patient now after losing out on Markstrom. Might be a day or two before the Oilers address the goalie position— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
1:02pm: Long time Senator, Mark Borowiecki, heads to Nashville on a two-year deal
Nashville signed D Mark Borowiecki to a two-year, $4 M contract— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 9, 2020
12:57pm: The Oilers have resigned F Tyler Ennis to a one year deal worth $1 million! A great depth signing
12:13pm: Alex Wennberg is headed to the east coast as he signs in Florida
Wennberg signs a 1 year deal in Florida. $2.25 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
11:55am: The goalie market continues to shrink slowly...
Hearing Anton Khudobin back in Dallas 3 x $3.5 million— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 9, 2020
11:39am: Markstrom signs in Calgary
11:34am: THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Hearing Oilers are close to Hoffman signing...— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) October 9, 2020
11:31am: The Oilers have signed a goaltender...kind of? The team has inked G Anton Forsberg to a one-year deal...awaiting details. He becomes the #3 goalie in the organization.
11:19am: The Oilers are reportedly OUT on Jacob Markstrom...Calgary becomes the favourite
The market for Markstrom seems to be changing. Hearing the Oilers, at this point, are out on the star goalie.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
11:17am: A big name goaltender is OFF the market! Braden Holtby is going to Vancouver on a two-year deal!
11:08am: ANOTHER OILER MOVE! Minor deal again as the club has signed C Seth Griffith to a two-year deal worth 725k
The #LetsGoOilers signed 27 y/o C Seth Griffith to 2 yr Deal:— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 9, 2020
Year 1: $700K NHL, $450K Minors
Year 2: $750K NHL, $475K Minors
Cap Hit: $725K
-21G 41P in 58 AHL Games
-Rep'd by Capizzano/Thun @quartexxmgmt https://t.co/Sv0A3y4MF0
11:06am: Another Oilers signing, albeit minor, as the club has signed C Alan Quine to one-year deal worth 750k.
Alan Quine Edmonton 750 one year— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
10:59am: OILERS NEWS! The team has signed, center, Kyle Turris to a two year deal!
Oilers sign Kyle Turris to a two-year deal.— Reid Wilkins (@ReidWilkins) October 9, 2020
10:58am: Cam Talbot is headed to the State of Hockey!
10:57am: Looks like Kyle Turris could be the guy the Oilers get for the team’s third line C
Hearing the Oilers and Kyle Turris' camp have had some discussions. Would be a good option for 3rd line centre for the club.— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) October 9, 2020
10:53am: Lundqvist to the Capitals is complete
done now: one year, $1.5 M for Henrik Lundqvist with the Capitals, as @TSNBobMcKenzie predicted earlier today— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
10:49am: Buckle up.....Calgary vs. Edmonton for Markstrom.
By the sounds of things it looks like the door is closing on Markstrom in Vancouver. On to the Battle of Alberta.— Irfaan Gaffar (@irfgaffar) October 9, 2020
10:45am: Edmonton is big-name hunting on the goaltender market...
Hearing Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton are all in on both Markstrom and Holtby. 3-way race for 2 guys? As mentioned earlier, I believe Detroit is also eyeing Markstrom.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 9, 2020
10:29am: Radko Gudas to Florida
Radko Gudas to FLA— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
10:21am: The 2021 Stanley Cup Champions will be....the Tampa Bay Lightning! The Lightning will repeat as champs as they are close to signing, cup magnet, Patrick Maroon!
Hearing Pat Maroon & Luke Schenn are closing in on a return to TB— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
10:19am: After losing out on OEL, the Canucks seems to be shifting their attention to Tyson Barrie. They’ll contend with the Oilers for his services.
I believe Vancouver will now go hard after Tyson Barrie.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 9, 2020
10:14am: Bobby Ryan to Detroit is a done deal.
This will be a one-year deal worth $1 million for Bobby Ryan and Red Wings. https://t.co/5kBJHRJGQE— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) October 9, 2020
10:08am: Bob reporting that Edmonton is, in fact, offering a max term deal worth an AAV of $5 million to Jacob Markstrom...
Bob McKenzie on TSN saying EDM offering Markstrom a max term deal, 5M AAV floating around— J (@Account4hockey) October 9, 2020
10:05am: WOAH! Tyler Johnson on waivers!
Tyler Johnson (TB) on waivers— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
10:03am: There will NOT be an Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade....the self-imposed deadline has passed and he will remain with the Coyotes for the 2020/21 season.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson's agent Kevin Epp tells me that OEL is staying with the Coyotes: "Time's up."— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) October 9, 2020
10:01am: Looks like Wayne Simmonds is headed to Toronto now that Montreal is out.
9:59am: Koivu and Kahun are on the list.....will be interesting as the market is officially open for business!
Have to wonder about Mikko Koivu as a fit for Oilers 3c spot. Would be a huge influence on Jesse Puljujarvi, and a veteran presence in the room. Grant/Kahun other potential options. We shall see..— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 9, 2020
9:53am: The OEL to Vancouver dream is still alive as the two teams are engaged in discussions this morning...
The Vancouver Canucks are hard at it this morning. It’s believed the Canucks have made another offer on Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Whether this results in a deal with Arizona TBD.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
9:50am: Another player to add to the Oilers target board! Kyle Turris could be a guy Holland looks to fill that 3C spot.
David Pagnotta believes Edmonton is one of the teams interested in Kyle Turris. #LetsGoOilers— Oilers News and Updates (@oilersaccess) October 9, 2020
9:47am: The news keeps getting worse on the Klefbom front as Dreger is reporting that the defender could be out “a long long time”. Putting him on LTIR does two things: open up an additional $4 million in cap-space and puts Edmonton in the market for a LD.
Darren Dreger just said that it's expected that Klefbom will be out of the lineup for "a long long time." No bueno. -bm— Oilersnation.com (@OilersNation) October 9, 2020
9:42am: Yet another good depth scoring winger will hit the market in Jesper Fast. The Swede hit 29 points last season with the Rangers....hard to say if Edmonton would have interest given their logjam at RW
Jesper Fast hasn't closed the door on a return to the Rangers, but there will be a lot of teams calling him soon, including the Maple Leafs.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 9, 2020
9:37am: TJ Brodie will hit the market as he and the Flames were unable to strike a deal. Would he be a possible Oilers target? I’ll add him to the list!
CGY and pending UFA D T.J. Brodie, a left shot who plays the right side, have had more contract talks in the last hour but weren’t able to get a deal done. Unless things change before noon, expect Brodie to go market.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 9, 2020
9:33am: Looks like, former Oiler, Cam Talbot will be hitting the market. The Flames will enter a crowded goalie market with interest in.....Anton Khudobin?
Flames circled back to Cam Talbot's camp late last night but all signs indicate the goalie heading to the UFA market. I wonder about Dallas as a potential fit for Talbot. Also my understanding is the Flames have interest in Anton Khubodin among other UFA netminders...— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
9:30am: It looks like the Detroit Red Wings are the team to beat when it comes to landing Bobby Ryan. The 33-year-old is coming off a difficult season plagued by substance abuse troubles. Luckily he was able to get some help and is looking for a fresh start.
Led to believe the Detroit Red Wings may be the front runners for former #Sens winger Bobby Ryan. He was bought out last month by the club and has been allowed to shop himself around. He's had a ton of interest. #NHLFreeAgency— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) October 9, 2020
9:19am: The Bruins are going to be a major player in the Taylor Hall sweepstakes....I’d keep an eye on Jake Debrusk as he’s a player the Oilers have had interest in before.
9:16am: After weeks of relentless speculation linking Henrik Lundqvist to the Washington Capitals it seems we are finally going to see it happen. Hank is expected to sign a one-year deal when the window opens in less than an hour.
Hearing a one-year deal with Henrik Lundqvist and the Capitals when it can become official. Which admittedly is an obvious term for this kind of arrangement.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 7, 2020
9:13am: The Bobfather himself is adding fuel onto the Markstrom to Oilers fire....a max term is rumoured to be on the table....
"Edmonton is going to take an unbelievably hard run here and maybe offer a max-term deal to Jakob Markstron" - @TSNBobMcKenzie— Tyler Yaremchuk (@tyleryaremchuk) October 9, 2020
Pending a trade call, the VGK have traded Paul Statsny to Wpg for a 4th in 2022 and Carl Dahlstrom— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020