It’s the start of the long weekend and that means your ol’ pal Baggedmilk is back with another dose of Random Thoughts before making my way out to the lake to drink the days away and try to make sense of what’s been going on around here.
Don’t ask players to do more than they are capable of and then be upset when they fall short. This applies perfectly to Mikko Koskinen. Koskinen is not capable of being an every day starter for long stretches.
I don’t know if the Oilers are a better team overall, but they certainly will be different when the puck drops for the 2021/2022 season. Edmonton had 28 skaters and three goalies play a game in Oilers silks last season, and there will be at least seven new faces on the 2021/2022 opening night roster, and possibly more.
Day one of the ‘free agent frenzy’ has come and gone. There wasn’t a ton of quantity for the Oilers, but the quality of the additions was big. The club signed four players on Wednesday and completed one trade that changed the complexion of their NHL roster.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Derek Ryan to a two-year year contract with a $1.25 million AAV. The deal, first reported by Daily Faceoff and The Nation Network’s Frank Seravalli, will pay him an AAV of $1.25 million.
On Tuesday night, news broke that the Edmonton Oilers and Tyson Barrie were finalizing the details on a three-year deal. GM Ken Holland decided to roll with a much different looking right side after he lost Adam Larsson to Seattle.
As per a report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, in all the hustle and bustle that is the action in the NHL on Tuesday, the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Darnell Nurse are reportedly close to agreeing on an extension.
Larsson, 28, has spent the last five years of his career with the Oilers after beginning his career with the New Jersey Devils. The former fourth-overall pick notched four goals and six assists in 56 games last season.