Like others have mentioned, this can be a blessing in disguise. Now we have the opportunity to sign Cowen to a 2nd contract that is significantly devalued compared to the one he could command after a breakout year.
Completely agree - he has zero leverage in negotiations (sans offer sheet), coming off such a serious injury and playing only 7 games.
So an oilers fan told me he would be willing to spend 5m+ to obtain cowen. That is just massive over payment for a guy who really just played one full season. If some team off sheets him that much, they can have him. I will literally laugh out loud at the team that is willing to spend that much on cowen.