Murray stated a couple days ago that his team had a chance and were in the mix. But ya, I am still surprised. I would place them as the 5th team on the list and would be more worried about Van, Tor, and NYR.
All 3 of those teams will be able to offer the exact same contract. He will pick where ever he wants to play. Money will not be a factor.
I am still wondering about performance clauses. Even if they are equal between teams (which I believe they don't have to be), we might have a better offer in terms of possibility of reaching them (PP points for example).
I actually think that he would be paired with N. Schultz and we will get the very anticipated Schultz Schultz pairing that we always wanted.
I think that Smid and Petry developed some great chemistry last season so i can't imagine breaking up that pair and Whitney would be a bad partner for Schultz so i think that it would be Nick Schultz by default. I think that Nick would cover up for his mistakes better than anybody else even Smid.
With that being said, i'm going to let my Oiler fan inferiority complex shine through and say that we won't have to worry who he is paired with because he'll be paired with one of the Canucks defenders next season.
I agree with both those pairings. Then we have our other pair as Whitney and Green!