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Oilers drop rookie rematch, #T25U25 continues, Hyman and the MVPs, Darnell Nurse an expensive Sheldon Souray? And MORE on the eve before Main Camp.

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Morning, folks.

I don’t have much to say here this morning, other than fantasy football did eventually work out this week — thanks again Lamar.

Last night the Oilers rookies dropped a tough one to the Flames prospects, but word on the street is Ilya Konovalov looked like the goods in net. Sure, it’s rookie competition, but I couldn’t find anyone saying a bad thing about his game last night. Take that for what it’s worth.

The Athletic released a story about Darnell Nurse, mentioning his massive raise and wondering whether he’s more Chris Pronger or Sheldon Souray. It concludes:

“What we’ve seen is that Souray is pretty clearly the best Oilers comparable in the cap era for Nurse. Even at $9.25 million, it isn’t fair to expect Nurse to deliver a Pronger-level performance, and he isn’t being paid to do so. What Souray did, however briefly, is within reach: playing major minutes in all situations and taking the lead role on a defensive group with multiple good options.”

— Jonathan Willis, The Athletic

I actually think that’s a reasonable comparison. What Souray never was, IMO, was a bonafide number one despite being played like one, and a guy who could never in his life cover a $9.25MM bet despite being good to very good at certain things. That sounds a lot like Nurse to me. I’d love for him to prove me wrong but we’re looking at a guy who almost certainly is what he is today. That contract is trouble from where I sit.

I’d also argue that it is fair to expect Nurse to deliver a Pronger-level performance because that’s the level he’s paid at now. You want the big money? You need to deliver big value. If you don’t? Well, expect to hear people talk about it.


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