Top on ice issues that Oilers new GM Ken Holland will have to focus how to get rid of small ants in house on

Holland needs to beef up depth scoring in both the how to get rid of small ants in house top and bottom 6, as the bottom 6 proved itself unable to add much how to get rid of small ants in house depth scoring – although in short sample size colby cave and josh currie how to get rid of small ants in house looked good with newly re-acquired veteran sam gagner.

The oilers will have some cap space to work with how to get rid of small ants in house – capfriendly says $10,758,001 which is about $1 million more than I thought – and the good news is the oilers don’t have any key players to sign for next season how to get rid of small ants in house and a number of stupid contracts from the chiarelli era how to get rid of small ants in house – like alex petrovic for example – are going off the books which means the oilers won’t have any major decisions to make in terms of how to get rid of small ants in house who to keep (for cap reasons, at least – for hockey reasons is a different story).

It’s not a huge amount of cap space but if how to get rid of small ants in house holland plays his cards right – and keeps an eye towards the future as key prospects how to get rid of small ants in house at wing like kailer yamamoto, tyler benson, and kirill maksimov – even ryan mcleod if he turns out to be a how to get rid of small ants in house leon draisaitl clone that plays both center and wing.

There are many possibilities. Jordan eberle, if he can be persuaded to take a discount from how to get rid of small ants in house what he would get on the open market, could come back for a 2nd tour of duty, as he has expressed interest in leaving larger cities like how to get rid of small ants in house new york and coming to a smaller canadian city.

There are rumours that the oilers could be trying to how to get rid of small ants in house bring back taylor hall back too, in free agency if he doesn’t want to re-sign in jersey in 2 seasons – and if you trade for him it will likely take how to get rid of small ants in house a king’s ransom if you can pull it off at all. Probably a pipe dream, but with a new GM in charge never say never.

After peter chiarelli – in one last bout of incompetence – stupidly signed koskinen to a VERY risky extension of $4.5 million a year for 3 years the day before how to get rid of small ants in house he was fired in january. Most teams use the goalie position as a way to how to get rid of small ants in house SAVE cap space – seeing as how the prices are down due to the how to get rid of small ants in house lack of positions in comparison to forward and D – but not chiarelli. He signed a guy with red flags to too much how to get rid of small ants in house $$$ for longer than he had to and for reasons beyond how to get rid of small ants in house anyone’s comprehension other than it was stupid.

There are any number of options available to holland in how to get rid of small ants in house both trade and free agency – although the crop of free agents isn’t great outside of sergei bobrovsky who will likely be how to get rid of small ants in house out of the price range of the oilers after other how to get rid of small ants in house teams stupidly get into a bidding war for a guy how to get rid of small ants in house who’s likely got another 5 years at most of mileage how to get rid of small ants in house left.

Right now, the oilers have 3 puck moving D for 2 spots how to get rid of small ants in house on the left side. Oscar klefbom is signed to a team friendly contract for how to get rid of small ants in house the next 4 seasons, while darnell nurse – who has snaked the 2nd pairing spot from andrej sekera how to get rid of small ants in house the last 2 seasons due to the aforementioned sekera’s injury issues.

Sekera himself is still an excellent puck mover but after how to get rid of small ants in house major injuries the last 2 seasons it is fair to how to get rid of small ants in house question whether he is the same player that he was how to get rid of small ants in house when we first signed him as a prized free agent how to get rid of small ants in house in free agent frenzy in 2015 or whether he’s lost a step.

He put up 4 assists in 24 games last season how to get rid of small ants in house on the 3rd pairing (largely) with matt benning, but at $5.5 million a season for the next 2 seasons and how to get rid of small ants in house nurse setting a career high last year and becoming the how to get rid of small ants in house team’s highest scoring d-man it’s reasonable to ask whether sekera has a future with how to get rid of small ants in house this team.

With a NTC turning into a limited NTC clause next how to get rid of small ants in house season, the upcoming seattle expansion draft 2 seasons from now is how to get rid of small ants in house also something that needs to be kept in mind as how to get rid of small ants in house the team would be obligated to protect him – a protection that would likely take away from a more how to get rid of small ants in house deserving player.

Smart money is on holland keeping him for 1 more how to get rid of small ants in house season at least to see how he answers the question how to get rid of small ants in house of his health – after all, if he’s injured again for most of the season they’ll have to get rid of him however they can, but if he stays healthy and can prove that at how to get rid of small ants in house least against softer competition starting the season on the 3rd how to get rid of small ants in house pairing that he can still play he’ll have much better trade value next offseason.

It’s also important to remember that dealing sekera this season how to get rid of small ants in house opens up a lot of valuable cap space – if they went out and got a more typical 3rd how to get rid of small ants in house pairing d-man they would save huge $$$$ – not to mention their best prospects are all d-men bubbling under that they’ll need to have room for, perhaps even starting as early as next season.

Ahh milan lucic – the prized signing of peter chiarelli whose career has gone how to get rid of small ants in house significantly south since we opened the proverbial wrapping on him how to get rid of small ants in house after signing him as a free agent in the 2016 how to get rid of small ants in house offseason to in part replace the scoring left by taylor how to get rid of small ants in house hall after he was traded.

Buying him out is not really an option as his how to get rid of small ants in house buyout cap hit ranges from as little as $3.6 million to as much as $5.6 million for the first 4 seasons of the buyout, which is very little savings on the cap – not to mention it would saddle the team with a how to get rid of small ants in house 625K cap hit for the next 4 seasons after his how to get rid of small ants in house contract expires.

That’s not to say that he doesn’t have value around the league – he is still a feared physical player, and finished 7th in the league in hits last season how to get rid of small ants in house – not to mention his presence in the lineup prevents the how to get rid of small ants in house opposition from taking liberties with connor mcdavid and leon draisaitl.

As you can guess, trade options are fairly limited with him. He did publicly express a fondness for going to his how to get rid of small ants in house hometown of vancouver, but there are a couple of problems with that: a) vancouver is a divisional rival so they would be reluctant how to get rid of small ants in house to trade with us and b) we would be asked to take back a bad contract how to get rid of small ants in house in the process, and on vancouver that would likely mean loui eriksson, a player with the exact same cap hit as lucic how to get rid of small ants in house and boxcars that aren’t much better while being significantly older – the only upside to dealing for eriksson is his contract how to get rid of small ants in house expires a year earlier than lucic’s does.

The best prospect for getting lucic off the roster is how to get rid of small ants in house the only team in the league that I could see how to get rid of small ants in house that would have issues getting to the cap floor – the new seattle expansion franchise. He’d be veteran leadership for their bottom 6 which would how to get rid of small ants in house be sorely needed on an expansion team and they’d have a much better ability than the oilers to how to get rid of small ants in house weather the storm of his cap hit.

I’m not as down on kris russell as a lot how to get rid of small ants in house of oiler fans are because I still see value in how to get rid of small ants in house him as a stay at home d-man who finished 3rd in the league last year in how to get rid of small ants in house blocked shots. I don’t think he’s overpaid but he’s right at the upper limit of what I’d pay him.

All 4 guys with these clauses are the 4 worst how to get rid of small ants in house players on the roster, and russell shouldn’t even have had a NM clause in the 1st how to get rid of small ants in house place – after all, the oilers resurrected his NHL career, how much demand would there be for a resurrected 2nd how to get rid of small ants in house pairing stay at home guy? Can’t have been that much.

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