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Does the salary cap ultimately benefit teams like Edmonton? Which Oilers UFAs should be brought back? PLUS: McDavid speaks, McDavid scores, 2020 Draft stuff, more Oilers history, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Hope you had a good weekend. Let’s dive right in:

Does the NHL’s hard salary cap help teams like Edmonton?

The Oilers have decisions to make regarding their own unrestricted free agents. Which among them would be worth a second kick at the can next season?

Oilers captain Connor McDavid believes he and his charges were able to build a winning culture this season.

Looking back at the year Josh Archibald had in Edmonton.

Is Evan Bouchard good enough to make the Oilers next season?

McDavid breaks down a couple of his favorite plays.

The salary cap looks likely to stay at ~$81.5MM, which means Ken Holland doesn’t have much room to add to his current group.

Ethan Bear emerged this season to become a key player for the Oilers. He’s due for a new deal. What might it look like?

Bobby Orr, often mentioned as the greatest defender to ever do it (at worst), believes Connor McDavid could become the best there ever was.

From Us

The salary cap keeps the Oilers competitive and makes the rich richer (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Friday, May 8 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Who Among Their Unrestricted Free Agents Should Edmonton Oilers Bring Back? (Journal)

McDavid: Oilers Developed Winning Culture This Season (Score)

#Ask31: Connor McDavid On Creating A Winning Culture In Edmonton (Sportsnet)

2020 Draft Countdown: Maxim Groshev, Ivan Didkovsky, Jaromir Pytlik, Yan Kuznetsov, Oliver Suni (Oilersnation)

2020 Draft Countdown: Artem Shlaine, Bogdan Trineyev, Martin Chromiak, Charlie Desroches, Landon Slaggert (Oilersnation)

2020 Draft Countdown: Theo Rochette, Jack Finley, Simon Kubicek, Alex Laferriere, Pavel Novak (Oilersnation)

2020 Draft Countdown: Eamon Powell, Alexander Pashin, Oskar Magnusson, Blake Biondo, Juuso Maenpaa (Oilersnation)

2020 Draft Countdown: Anton Johannesson, Nick Malik, Maxim Beryozkin, Elliot Ekmark, Samuel Knazko (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Grant Fuhr Records Shutout, Kevin McLelland Scores As Edmonton Oilers Win 1984 Game One Against New York Islanders (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Mark Messier Four-Point Night Leads Edmonton Oilers To 1990 Game Four Win Over Blackhawks (Oilersnation)

Edmonton Oilers 2019-20 Player Review: Josh Archibald (Oilersnation)

Soviet Jewelry (Lowetide)

Connor McDavid Walks Through His Top-Five Favourite Plays:

Not Much Room For Oilers General Manager Ken Holland To Sign Players (Sun)

Lucic: ‘Hilarious’ That Neal Trade Condition In Limbo (Score)

Knowing Me, Knowing You (Lowetide)

‘The Big Boys Came To Play’: How Oilers Secured The 1987 Stanley Cup (Sportsnet)

The Big Questions: What Could Ethan Bear’s New Deal Look Like? (Oilersnation)

Orr: McDavid Could Eventually Pass Howe, Become Greatest Player Ever (Score)

1987 Edmonton Oilers: I Love The Smell Of Game 7 In The Morning (Sun)

For Money

Lowetide: What Are Evan Bouchard’s Chances Of Making The Oilers In 2020-21? (Athletic)