The Oilers have one remaining restricted free agent to re-enter. Ryan McLeod. Talking to 630 CHED (Audio connectorGM Ken Holland has indicated that he expects to sign the center to a one- or two-year deal in training camp. The 22-year-old spent last season with Edmonton, collecting 21 points in 71 games and 4 points in 16 playoff contests. McLeod did not have salary arbitration rights, so those talks could come closer to training camp. Even after introducing LTIR-eligible players, the Oilers are so tight with the cap that signing McLeod on the cheap is so important that it wouldn’t be surprising if he ends up signing a one-year deal to keep his AAV low. As much as possible next season.
More from the Western Conference:
- The Jets have expressed interest in the forward. Jarnkrok Street Giving him even more money than he received from Toronto earlier this summer; Sportsnet’s Ken Wiebe reports. The 30-year-old is coming off a quiet season in Calgary, but his track record as a capable and versatile third-stringer should help him fit in well with Winnipeg. The Jets are one of the few teams that still have some cash to spend this offseason – they have over $6MM in cap space. By CapFriendly – So even if they don’t add Jarnkrok, they will add a player or two in the coming weeks.
- Still with the Jets, after missing the preseason games in Finland, the prospect Brad Lambert. He will be ready for the start of the World Juniors, according to The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (Twitter link). The 18-year-old fell to 30th overall in the draft after being projected as a top ten pick not that long ago. Meanwhile, Lambert Petteri Aikonen told Sanomat of Helsingin. A decision on where he will play next season will be made during training camp next month. Although he can sign a new contract with the Pelicans in Finland. Alternatively, Lambert is also eligible to play in the minors while the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds retain his major rights.