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SIGNED: Three Years For Warren Foegele

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A new deal for winger acquired in Ethan Bear trade

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One of the new guys got himself a new deal today. Warren Foegele was a restricted free agent in need of a contract, the Oilers got him for three years at 2.75 AAV.

Foegele was acquired days ago in a trade that sent rearguard Ethan Bear to the Carolina Hurricanes. A winger, Foegele put up 20 points (10-10-20) in 53 games this past season. This leaves Kailer Yamamoto as the only regular from 2020-21 in need of a new contract. Foegele’s signing puts the Oilers over the cap; LTIR is likely to come into play from Oscar Klefbom once the season begins.

Foegele had a 52.7% CF against elite comps in 2020-21. That’s an encouraging number for a club that’s had more than a little bit of trouble scoring goals when McDavid or Draisaitl are off the ice. If the Oilers can use Foegele to help put together a third line that can score, that’s a giant step in the right direction.

THREE SCORING LINES?

A winger who can play either side, Foegele’s three year deal will replace his last deal for 2.15MM x 1. Three years might be a little bit heavy, but it’s a fair bet that Foegele can help jumpstart the third line. As good as that sounds, the club’s got to help themselves for this to have a chance and keep Devin Shore on the fourth line (if he’s dressed at all) in order for things to percolate. Moving Zack Kassian on the second line to bring Yamamoto on the third line for a Foegele / Ryan / Yamamoto line might spruce things up so long as Kassian can gel on the second line with Nugent-Hopkins and Draisaitl.