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The #Oilers should trade James Neal after the playoffs, Kesselring update, projecting Oilers at the 2022 Olympics, depth, Hubs assign teams to hotels, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

A pretty light morning news day heading into the weekend, so let’s jump right in:

The Oilers are going to have some real cap concerns between 2019-20 and 2020-21, so it probably makes sense for them to explore trading James Neal as soon as they’re able. Or, perhaps they can entice Seattle to take him in Expansion for a middling draft pick?

This week in 2007, the Edmonton Oilers signed Thomas Vanek to a 7-year, $50MM offer sheet. Thankfully, Buffalo matched immediately.

An update on the Oilers’ pick at 164 overall from the 2018 NHL Draft, Michael Kesselring, who had his NCAA freshman season cut short due to the COVID-19 stoppage.

With the NHL and NHLPA agreeing to send its players to the next two Olympics, how many Oilers will be there in 2022?

As with any playoffs, lineup depth is critical to success. Maybe more than ever in 2020.

That’ll do it for us this week, keep yourselves safe and we’ll see you back here on Monday, which is supposed to be the start date for training camps.

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