In an attempt to build a roster devoid of holes in some areas, an Edmonton Oilers reporter suggests he’s hearing whispers from members of the media more closely connected to the franchise that there might be changes this offseason for the team. Unfortunately, this reporter suggests that the changes could be painful and unnecessary.
Most fans know the Oilers will have to juggle the salary cap to make it all work. That said, what does “painful and unnecessary change” really mean? He suggests that three separate longtime media members have all come to a similar conclusion that, in an attempt to better round out the roster, the Oilers might not go long term with Jesse Puljujarvi, but they will with Evander Kane. .
What should the Oilers do?
Allan Mitchell (Lowetide), wrote in a column Wednesday that the Oilers could try to focus on securing a goaltender, improving their blue line and signing contracts for a few of the big players who need new agreements. Maybe all of that won’t be accomplished, especially if GM Ken Holland tries to employ strategies that have worked for him in the past and with other teams (signing proven, but older players) – in this case Kane.
After a pretty bad loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Mitchell writes that by trying to create fewer weak points, Holland will have to tackle all areas and that comes with challenges.
A summer spent finding a goalkeeper, strengthening the defense and signing Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan McLeod from RFA. I don’t know if you’ll get it, but grow your own worked for Ken Holland in Detroit and it can work here. Chasing free agency may work, but money will be too tight to mention this summer.
He adds: “I feel, based on what is being rolled out by connected media, this summer will see some painful and unnecessary departures.” The storyline he focused on the most was Kane becoming the priority over Puljujarvi.
Importance of re-signing Evander Kane
There’s a lot to love about the player and how he’s fitting into this team, but signing him might not be as simple as just figuring out the term and dollar value.