Every Stanley Cup contender like the Edmonton Oilers needs Ryan Murray: 9 things

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ice inside. The lights are on. The first skis are tied up.

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It’s…hockey season.

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Read about the Oilers’ last few roster adjustments before Rookie Camp starts, in this week’s edition of…

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9. The Oilers created the Edmonton Junior Oilers Under-18 AAA women’s hockey program. In collaboration with Hockey Edmonton, you will provide outstanding training and development. The women’s game continues to make progress.

8. Ryan McLeod Not signed yet. Will become. In fact, he may already have a deal in principle, and oilers are just waiting for the move that creates the ceiling space required for his deal. Remember that McLeod has no arbitration rights. So, don’t be surprised if in one year it ends up in the $800,000 range.

7. Oilers de Man added another this week. We’ll get to that signature in a minute. But while this ticked a number of fine boxes for Ken Holland, what it didn’t do was ban Vincent Descharnat. The 6’7-year-old rookie heads into remaining camp number 4 on the Right-Shot Defenseman depth chart.

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6. Dylan Holloway He will wear #55 this season. The question is… where. It’s going to take a great Holloway camp to get started with the Oilers this fall. And as a winning organization, isn’t that exactly what you want? It wouldn’t be discouraging for a competitive young player. I think this will push him even more difficult.

5. Sam Win I signed with the Winnipeg Jets earlier this week. No matter what kind of invitation might have been sent to him in Edmonton, at the end of the day, Sam has a family. An NHL contract for real dollars will always be better than a PTO, even under the best of circumstances. Good luck to him.

4. One of the first attendees at Community Arena last week was 2021 1Street draft round Xavier Borgolt. A suitable photography center with high skills is a long way to make the opening night list due to age and inexperience. But when you can actually skate at the NHL level, the opportunity often closes a little earlier than some others.

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3. But I think the Oilers will continue to bring another veteran into camp, a place that Gagner would likely have occupied prior to the aircraft show. And it’s likely to be the right wing, the only place on the list that might not be as deep as most other locations. What I will add here, however, is that GM Ken Holland It has a history of only offering PTOs to players who can make a team. I keep hearing the name Evan Rodriguez. That would be the man.

2. As if Leon Drystel He had a lot to prove after his amazing performance during qualifying last year, there was this week…one of the first veterans on the ice, pre-training camp. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the fine youngsters who take the reins of the departed Duncan Keith And the Mike Smith. This is partly what I meant. One of your best players to appear with the raw rookies is the lead in my books. It’s also great to see him move so well.

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1.Ryan Murray She signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with Oilers. Murray will not win the Norris Cup in Edmonton. But he might win another Stanley Cup. How? Because when the veteran D-man had the wonderful connection with Oilers in the past (here looking at you, Neil YacobovSigned last week, she filled a smaller but crucial role that was left with a vacancy on the roster with the departure of the veteran. Chris Russell:

Ryan Murray is in many ways a classic NHL ‘7D’, a veteran insurance policy that can be relied upon in case Philip Broberg It’s not quite “there” yet. We all know about rookie D-men and their evolution paths. However, Murray is also a D-man with 432 NHL games under his belt who could step in and step in if Brit Air or nurse darnell It happens that the path is cut off along the way.

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However, unlike many other 7D players in this league, Ryan Murray is no stranger. He is 28 years old, seven years younger than his predecessor. And while he was prone to injury, he had a few bumps, fractures, and bruises around his wheels. It can still turn around pretty well. There should be a wide tread on the tires.

Guys like Ryan Murray may not win you championships.

But you can’t win anyone without a man like him.

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