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2020 Copper & Blue Free Agency Live Thread

The market is officially opened as the Oilers try to fill out various holes on the roster

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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...


  • 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

2:09pm: The Markstrom deal is confirmed to be a 6x6 in Calgary....bullet dodged by Edmonton

2:08pm: Former Oiler, Justin Schultz, is getting PAID in Washington...

2:06pm: Oilers remain in on D Tyson Barrie...

1:17pm: Former Oiler, Matt Benning, will NOT be returning to Edmonton. He has signed in Nashville

1:09pm: Shattenkirk trades to the east coast for the west coast...signs in Anaheim

1:04pm: Pierre Lebrun linking Edmonton to Crawford and Griess...They’ll be added to the list!

1:02pm: Long time Senator, Mark Borowiecki, heads to Nashville on a two-year deal

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

11:55am: The goalie market continues to shrink slowly...

11:39am: Markstrom signs in Calgary


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

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

11:06am: Another Oilers signing, albeit minor, as the club has signed C Alan Quine to one-year deal worth 750k.

10:59am: OILERS NEWS! The team has signed, center, Kyle Turris to a two year deal!

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

10:53am: Lundqvist to the Capitals is complete

10:49am: Buckle up.....Calgary vs. Edmonton for Markstrom.

10:45am: Edmonton is big-name hunting on the goaltender market...

10:29am: Radko Gudas to Florida

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!

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.

10:14am: Bobby Ryan to Detroit is a done deal.

10:08am: Bob reporting that Edmonton is, in fact, offering a max term deal worth an AAV of $5 million to Jacob Markstrom...

10:05am: WOAH! Tyler Johnson on waivers!

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.

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!

9:53am: The OEL to Vancouver dream is still alive as the two teams are engaged in discussions this morning...

9:50am: Another player to add to the Oilers target board! Kyle Turris could be a guy Holland looks to fill that 3C spot.

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.

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

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!

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?

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.

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.

9:13am: The Bobfather himself is adding fuel onto the Markstrom to Oilers fire....a max term is rumoured to be on the table....

9:09am: first big news of the day is a trade! The Winnipeg Jets acquire Paul Stastny from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Carl Dahlstrom and a 4th round pick in 2022