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Hot Links: Wednesday July 7

Bargain bin buyouts, projecting the 2021-22 roster, Caleb Jones, draft prospects, protecting Stuart Skinner, buying out James Neal and, unfortunately, more on Duncan Keith.

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Morning, folks.

More of the same this morning as there is no real news, just continuations of the rumors you’re already tired of hearing about. People still trying to mental gymnastics themselves into being OK with a Duncan Keith deal, that kind of thing.

It’s something I don’t really understand, TBH — talking yourself into the player being able to play competent NHL minutes on a second or third pair is one thing, but talking yourself into paying even a single asset with positive value for the privilege of finding out is another — but you all know that already. Let’s move on. I’m so tired.

The Stanley Cup Finals hopefully end tonight, with the Montreal Canadiens and their 3-1 deficit somehow back in Tampa Bay for game 5 despite the ongoing tropical storm situation.

Bargain Bin Buyouts (Copper and Blue)

Hot Links: Tuesday, July 6 (Copper and Blue)

Sometimes The Best Deal Is The One You Never Make (Copper and Blue)

Duncan Keith And The Oilers: Does It Make Sense? (TOR)

Letters July 7: Oilers Not Worth Getting Worked Up About (ES)

Caleb Jones Whiffed At His First Chance To Move Up Edmonton Oilers’ Depth Chart. Will He Get Another? (EJ)

2021 Draft Countdown No. 60-56: Oscar Plandowski, Tristan Broz, Stuart Rolofs, Connor Lockhart, Dmitri Katelevsky (ON)

OILER NOTES: Skinner May Be The Goalie Protected In Expansion Draft (ES)

Oilers’ Decision On Veteran Duncan Keith Hinges On Intangibles, Not Analytics (SN)

Even for Spec, this is a doozy.

Other D-Men Who Could Be Available Via Trade (ON)

Trade Targets, Buyouts, And More (ON)

31 Thoughts Podcast: How Lineup Changes Helped Montreal Extend The Series (SN)

Seravalli: Edmonton Oilers Forward James Neal Could Be Buyout Candidate (ON)

Eye Of The Beholder (LT)

Lowetide: Oilers 2021-22 Roster Projection, Including Trade And Free Agent Targets (TA)