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07-26-2012, 02:21 PM
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Can the Oilers re-sign their young guns and be competitive in 2013/2014 and beyond?

All the talk by fans of other teams about the Oilers not being able to sign their young stars got me wondering. Is it possible for the Oilers to sign these all of these guys to fair contracts and still remain competitive throughout the line-up? I believe it is, and here is the proof. All of this is assuming we have a season in 2013...

2013-2014 lines and cap hit:

Forwards: $44,375,000; assuming Hall and Eberle continue to light it up, I think something like a 4-6 year deal for $6 million each wouldn't be out of the question. Jones get a raise to $2.5 million considering he scores 16 goals in the 2012/2013 season with 37 points. We re-sign Gagner after a 21-goal, 56 point season in 2012/2013 to a 4 year deal similar to what Voracek just got in Philly.

Hall(6) RNH (3.775) Eberle(6)
Hemsky(5) Gagner(4.25) Yakupov(3.775)
Smyth(2.25) Horcoff (5.5) Jones(2.5)
Hartikainen(0.95) Belanger(1.75) Paajarvi (1.525)
Eager(1.1)

Defense: $17,950,000; Whitney is not offered a contract and walks as a UFA, Smid is given a 4-6 year deal at $4.2 million, Klefbom comes over to play in the N.A., if he isn't able to make the transition, Potter, Peckham, Musil, Plante, or Tuebert steps in. Not a strong crop of UFA defensemen means we sign a strong, defensive journey-man to a short term $3 million deal.

Smid(4.2) Petry(1.75)
J. Schultz(3.775) N. Schultz(3.5)
Klefbom(0.925) UFA (3)
Potter (0.775)

Goalies: $5,000,000; Khabibulin retires, Dubnyk gets the job done in 2012/2013, if unspectacularly, with a 0.912 sv%. Danis plays well in the AHL and gets promoted.

Dubnyk(3.5)
Danis(1.5)

Total cap hit 2013/2014: $67.325; lots of room, perhaps even some left over to add another veteran on defense, but perhaps this cap space is better left for a rental player at the deadline for the playoffs. This also allows the team to pay RNH in 2014/2015. Oilers make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

In 2014/2015, RNH will get a deal similar to the one Hall and Eberle got. Hemsky will be traded, or walk as a UFA, and Smyth will re-sign at about $1.75 million. This clears enough cap space for the RNH contract. Belanger will be replaced with a youngster (Pitlick?), and the cap will rise slightly. Paajarvi, Hartikainen, Pitlick, and Jones all take bigger roles in the bottom 6. Oilers make the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row.

In 2015/2016, Horcoff is off the books, the cap will rise again which should allow the Oilers to sign Yakupov to another long term deal. The core is locked up, lots of cheap youngsters who have had a few seasons in the AHL to develop begin to infiltrate the bottom six and bottom pairing, and the Oilers make a deep run in the playoffs.

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These threads are pointless. Not only has it been proved that you could've done this the past few years, you simply have no idea what the new CBA is going to say for 12-13 let alone 13-14.

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These threads are pointless. Not only has it been proved that you could've done this the past few years, you simply have no idea what the new CBA is going to say for 12-13 let alone 13-14.
Yup, QFT!

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Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Lundqvist, Staal all with inflated contracts yet NYR is 14M below the cap.

I am sure EDM can find a way to keep all the big guns.
Also no way Jones makes 2.5M next season.

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Nash, Richards, Gaborik, Lundqvist, Staal all with inflated contracts yet NYR is 14M below the cap.

I am sure EDM can find a way to keep all the big guns.
Also no way Jones makes 2.5M next season.
Not in Edmonton at least.

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