As per the Oilers site (thanks Metal&Oil for the heads up in the comments):
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with goaltender Devan Dubnyk and defenceman Jeff Petry on two-year contracts.
Also, as per Elliotte Friedman:
Salary arb filers: Bonino (ANA), McGinn (COL), Bachman/Fistric (DAL), Quincey (DET), Gagner (EDM), Versteeg (FLA), Diaz (MON)…
Wonder what he gets awarded, or do you think he signs beforehand?
Looks like the division just got a whole lot tougher.
As per TSN:
Free agent forward Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter have both agreed to terms on contracts with the Minnesota Wild.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune both deals are 13 years in length.
Not sure about the dollars, but I imagine the cap hits won’t be terrible (I’m guessing 5/6 mil per for each). Considering the Wild had over 14mil in space, I’m sure it’ll be easy for them to work it in.
Edit: Yikes. As per TSN again: Both deals are worth $98 million over 13 years, carrying an average annual value of $7.538 million.
As for the rest of the division, looks like this year will be a doozy. With the Canucks being the perennial winner (last few years) and the Wild getting instantly better it’ll be interesting to see how the Avs, Oil and Flames end up in the standings. Hopefully the Oilers are ready to take that next step…otherwise it just got harder for them.
Next up…Matt Carle.
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.
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.
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.