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Ken Holland speaks, Oscar Klefbom out for the season, possible additions, ongoing negotiations, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Yesterday, Ken Holland spoke to the media after news broke of the NHL returning. Here’s his interview, courtesy the Edmonton Oilers official YouTube channel:

He spoke at length about a number of things, but perhaps more critically, the Oilers GM confirmed that Oscar Klefbom would indeed be out for the season:

We knew this was coming, but still. Oooof. It does, of course, help explain why the Oilers are linked to a few defenders in advance of training camp:

Here’s Ben Hutton’s RAPM chart, courtesy Evolving-Hockey (I included Slater Koekkoek’s in yesterday’s links):

Courtesy | @EvolvingHockey

Either of Hutton or Koekkoek would be a nice get for the Oilers at this stage.

There was also this:

I don’t know about you lot, but that Ethan Bear — maybe the team’s true 1D now that Klefbom’s out for the season — isn’t even in town three weeks before puck drop is a bit concerning. For a number of reasons.

Along that same vein, Holland provided an update on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ extension, too. Here’s RNH on the negotiations:

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