Today is free agent day.. rather than run around on Twitter, TSN, comment on the forum.. comment on the blog… we can just do it all here and keep everyone in the loop.
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Welp, big dud today. Not much in the way of big signings, least of all any by the Oilers. We locked up a few players that had expired contracts, which was good though. Really though, the Oilers aren’t going to be big free agent players.. they’ll be looking for trades.
Oilers re-sign Yann Danis (1-year) and Ryan Smyth (2yr @ $2.25M/year)
I think the Smyth contract is good. We know he’s at the tail end of his career, but in the early half of the year he looked really good. After December, he slowed way down. But there are signs he can still play. He was a very good penalty killer for us last year. I think that alone is worth the $2.25M, but I suspect we’ll get a vet line (either with Horcoff and Hemsky, or Horcoff and Jones) and they’ll pitch in around 50 goals combined.
Ralph Krueger apparently talked to Smyth and also let him know he’ll have a different role this year. I.e., he won’t be a top six player.. he’ll be a support player, playing “a more versatile role rather than top six minutes.” (per Joanne Ireland)
Edit: Also now add Darcy Hordichuk to the mix.. 1 year deal.