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Leon Draisaitl's Agent gives Edmonton Oilers a deadline for new contract


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Liam McCormick
July 6, 2024  (11:36)
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Leon Draisaitl with the Oilers
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Yesterday afternoon, Leon Draisaitl's agent did an interview and spoke with great confidence that the Oilers would be able to re-sign him, but also gave a deadline for a new deal.

»There's no rush yet, but either it happens quickly, i.e., by the end of August, or it doesn't work out at all. It will also become clear whether Edmonton really wants him or not.»

Draisaitl's agent Jiri Poner has said that the Oilers need to prove they want to keep Draisaitl with their contract offer, and it needs to get done before the season, or it will not happen at all. He seems to indicate that if the Oilers don't pay up now, they won't negotiate through the regular season, and he'll walk to free agency. At the end of the day, he's very confident that the Oilers will retain him.
This seems to line up with Jeff Jackson's comments of the priority of hiring a GM as soon as possible to begin negotiations with Draisaitl. Jeff Jackson has made incredible signings and trades in his short time managing the Oilers, but his next big ticket item is the Draisaitl extension and keeping the core together. For that, he needs to hire a GM.
"We need to have our GM, before we getting into the meat of that (Draisaitl contract extension). I'm assuming they (Draisaitl's camp) will want to know how the GM is and what their plan is.»
- Jeff Jackson

It seems like a matter of when, not if the Oilers re-sign Draisaitl. They will be prepared to make him the highest paid player in the NHL for one season, before they have to pay up to keep McDavid. If they keep the core together, this team will contend for multiple Stanley Cups, and hopefully win a few.
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Leon Draisaitl's Agent gives Edmonton Oilers a deadline for new contract

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