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Oilers told to return home, the 2019-20 season, 2020 Draft, Gaetan Haas in line for new contract, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Well, we’re almost two months removed from the last played NHL game, so it’s no surprise that the flow of news is slowing down to more of a trickle these days.

Despite the rumors that Edmonton is being looked at as one of the sites in which the NHL will resume its season, it was reported yesterday that most of the Oilers — including Darnell Nurse and Connor McDavid — were sent home and told to treat this time like the off-season. That leads me to believe that no matter which way the league is leaning today, that no decision is coming soon. Time will tell.

The NHL has more than just the 2019-20 season to worry about. What will they do about the 2020 Draft?!

The NHL will suffer significant financial losses, whether they resume in some capacity this season or not. Obviously, there will be some salary cap implications. Possibly some compliance buyouts, too. But what if there was another way to give teams cap relief next year?

Gaetan Haas appears likely to receive another contract from the Oilers soon. I’m fine with Haas at 4C, but if their plan is to then run Riley Sheahan at 3C full-time? I’m far less fine with it.

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