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Edmonton Oilers player could be pricing himself off the team


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Noel Drolet
January 3, 2024  (4:55 PM)
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One thing very few have been talking about during this season is how good of a year Warren Foegele is having. Just a year ago, he was bouncing between the third and fourth lines at extremely sheltered minutes and basically no powerplay time. Fast forward to this year, and he's on pace for a career high 39 points with very impressive defensive metrics. Here is a view of all his advanced stats:

The problem is that Foegele is playing on a $2.75m AAV contract right now, and becomes a UFA at season's end. The question now is, how much of a raise is he due for? NHL salaries are not often something that can be easily predicted, and some team (Oilers included) could ultimately be a sucker and pay way too much for a player after a career year.
However, Foegele is perfect for the Oilers' playoff push this season. He is a value winger that can play on the second line, and can complement the game of Draisaitl well while also being responsible defensively. There is a long regular season left to see if he keeps it up, and then speculation about his next contract can begin.
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Edmonton Oilers player could be pricing himself off the team

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