What I’m hearing about the Oilers 2.0: Evan Bouchard offer sheet? Klim Kostin to KHL?
– Daniel Nugent-Bowman (@DNBsports) June 15, 2023
During his time in Montreal, we’ve come to know Brett Kulak as a very honest defenseman. Without being a top-notch player, he’s a very good support defenseman and doesn’t make his club look bad when he’s on the ice.
However, in March 2022, the CH decided to trade Kulak because the club wasn’t going to make the playoffs and the defenseman was going to become an independent player. In the end, the Tricolore got a second-round pick who ended up near the end of the round.
And when you consider that this pick became Lane Hutson, let’s just say that the pill goes down (quite a bit) better.
The reason is quite simple: right now, the Oilers need money. They’re down to $5 million under the salary cap, and they still have players to sign to make their roster look good.
One of these, for example, is Evan Bouchard, who is currently a restricted free agent. And given the Oilers’ current tight financial situation, he’s a prime target for a hostile offer.
If there is a hostile offer, the Oilers would have a hard time matching it → https://t.co/rWze8Qfies
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 17, 2023
Kailer Yamamoto ($3.1M) seems destined to leave, but if the Oilers want to have some wiggle room to maneuver, the club could cut the fat on the blue line, where there are already several quality options. Darnell Nurse, Mattias Ekholm and Evan Bouchard (if he doesn’t sign a hostile offer) are there to stay, but behind them, it’s less certain.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the former Tricolore defenseman will be packing his bags again this summer. That said, his name is clearly one to keep an eye on for a team looking to solidify its blue line, especially as the autonomous player market isn’t very rich in this area this summer.
That’s why Kulak and Joel Edmundson, who have reasonable salaries and can help an aspiring club, could be traded.
He’s the player to watch in Montreal on the transaction market → https://t.co/nvaDyTHZP7
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 19, 2023
In short, this will be a file to follow, but don’t rule out the possibility of Kulak being traded sometime this summer.
And no, I don’t see him coming back to Montreal (even though the club wanted to sign him last summer).
– What do you think?
– BarDown (@BarDown) June 20, 2023
– There’s bound to be some movement among goalkeepers this summer.
Who will stay and who will move in the NHL’s UFA goalie carousel? My latest ⤵️
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 19, 2023
– To watch.
The Trois-Rivières Lions have until June 20th 3pm to complete three Future Consideration transactions:
– Lions owe Wheeling for Pierrick Dubé’s ECHL rights
– Lions owe Orlando for Karl El-Mir
– Lions owe Toledo for Cedric Lacroix’s ECHL rights
– Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) June 20, 2023