Oilers GM Ken Holland Clearing Cap Space to Add This Player

Published August 4, 2023 at 9:59 PM

Everyone knew Oiler GM Ken Holland would need to struggle to gain any cap space with the limit only rising $1 million to $83.5M.

But, how would he go about doing that? Good question. Obviously some contracts had to go by the wayside in order to make that happen.

The two players who were victims of that senario wound up being Kailer Yamamoto and Klim Kostin. They were both dealt to the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL draft.

This deducted Yamamoto's $3.1M contract from the Oilers' cap hit. Kostin is a restricted free agent and was earning $750,000.

The Oilers now have $8.17M in cap space since the deal didn't show a return of players to Edmonton. "Future considerations" is all they'll get for now, but the increase cap space can be used to add an interesting player to the squad.

Yes, Connor Brown, who had ACL surgery and didn't play but four games this past season due to the serious injury.

Brown would be giddy to have the chance to play with Connor McDavid again, and in fact they both share the same agent. Brown has also played with Zach Hyman.

The reunion could begin since Brown is an unrestricted free agent and can sign anywhere. His previous contract called for a $3.6M payout, but you can expect with the injury and not playing all year that an offer from Holland would be perhaps half of that.

His best season was 2019-20 in Ottawa when he tallied 16 goals, 27 assists in 71 games.

The 29-year-old Toronto native may be itching to play again, but teaming up with the best player on the planet may be a dream come true.
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Oilers GM Ken Holland Clearing Cap Space to Add This Player

Will the Oilers sign Connor Brown?

Yes, go for it!16350.9 %
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No, his injury worries me5416.9 %
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