NHL Rumors: Oilers, Jets, Canadiens, Kings

In today’s list of NHL rumors, the Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Kailer Yamamoto to a new two-year deal. What does that mean for their roster now that the club is over the salary cap?

Meanwhile, if the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens trade for Pierre-Luc Dubois, who would the Jets target? Finally, are the Los Angeles Kings too deep on their blue line? Is it time to buy a defender?

Yamamoto signs, oils need to make a move

Oilers signed Kailer Yamamoto to a two-year contract extension with an average annual salary of $3.1 million on Wednesday. The right winger set career highs in games played (81), goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) last season. Will compete for a place in the top six. It’s a good deal for the Oilers, but it also puts the team over the salary cap and requires them to make a move.

Kailer Yamamoto Oilers
Kailer Yamamoto, Edmonton Oilers, Oct. 21, 2017 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

With RFA forward Ryan McLeod still to be locked up to a new deal, even with the LTIR move sending Oscar Klefbom and Mike Smith off the roster, GM Ken Holland needs to make a change. The most likely candidates are Warren Foegele or Tyson Barrie. One theory going around is that the Oilers will ship a forward and immediately replace him with a less expensive one.

If not a transaction, according to Cape FriendlyThe Oilers now have a second buyout window that will open in a few days and will be open for 48 hours.

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As The Athletic’s Jonathan Willis also points out, when it comes to both Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi, the Oilers will have been burned six out of seven years under team control, which means the next few negotiations mean everything, and it will be time final decision for both players. . He notes, “Each player will be able to reach free agency through arbitration when his new contract is up.” He adds, “…Edmonton will still have one last window of team control to either offer a contract or negotiate a trade, and in principle, that’s the right approach. I saw with Nurse how much it can hurt a guy to go to UFA, even if he chooses to stay.”

Could the planes be interested in Kirby Dach?

According to Jimmy Murphy of Montreal Hockey Now, if the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens reach a deal that would make Dubois a Canadiens forward, an NHL executive source believes the Jets would ask the Canadiens for Kirby Dach instead.

Pierre-Luc Dubois Winnipeg Jets
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Winnipeg Jets (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

Would the Canadiens flip Dach immediately after acquiring him? There are still some unknowns with the player based on how he played with the Blackhawks. The Canadiens would almost immediately have to make another trade (or include more salary pieces) in the trade, as Dubois’ $6 million contract would put them over the salary cap.

Kings to trade a defenseman?

Eric Stephens of The Athletic reports that the Los Angeles Kings have nine defensemen, not even including prospects Brandt Clarke and Helge Grans. There could be a trade and Stephens lists Sean Durzi, Sean Walker and Tobias Bjornfot as possible trade candidates.

Stephens also explains:

Two of them – Mikey Anderson and Sean Durzi – are currently without contracts. There is more than enough time for the Kings to work out extensions with both. But there is also time to consider whether a move needs to be made to ease a busy part of the squad. Consider that the Kings have what CapFriendly estimates is just $1.5 million in salary cap space after paying more than $55 million over seven years for Fiala and $22 million over four years to keep him on top scorer Adrian Kempe.

source – “Do the LA Kings need to trade a defenseman? A look at the blue line’ – Eric Stephens – The Athletic – 01/08/2022

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