BREAKING: The Edmonton Oilers Have Closed in a Major Signing

Published August 23, 2023 at 8:36

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly secured a two-year extension with defenseman Evan Bouchard, the last remaining restricted free agent. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the deal is expected to come in around $3.9 million per season.

Rising Defense Star

Drafted tenth overall in 2018, Bouchard showcased his potential as a solid top-four defenseman in his second full NHL season. Notably, he achieved over 40 points for a consecutive season and improved his possession metrics.

Playoff Excellence

Bouchard made significant waves during the playoffs, leading all defensemen with an impressive 17 points in 12 games. He spotlighted his prowess as a power-play quarterback, recording 15 of his 17 points on the special teams unit.

Navigating Cap Constraints

Despite potential for more lucrative terms, a bridge deal was pursued due to the Oilers' cap limitations. General Manager Ken Holland is working within constraints, opting for bridge deals with Bouchard and Ryan McLeod to manage cap space.

Next Steps

With a projected $3.9 million cap hit, the Oilers may temporarily exceed the cap limit. Adjustments like assigning a player to the minors could remedy this situation.

Bouchard's role alongside Mattias Ekholm on the second pairing is anticipated to continue, contributing to the team's postseason success. Additionally, he remains a key component of the formidable top power-play unit featuring top-tier players like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
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BREAKING: The Edmonton Oilers Have Closed in a Major Signing

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