Oilers want for a depth Dman, and RFA Yamamoto
Kurt Leavins of the Edmonton Journal: Imagine that the Edmonton Oilers will wait on any PTOs till nearer to the beginning of coaching camp in September.
The Oilers nonetheless may use a No. 4 right-handed defenseman on a league-minimum deal. Somebody that might perhaps play within the AHL however deal with some NHL minutes. Michael Stone might be one choice, in addition to Sami Vatanen. Vatanen would possible need/get greater than $750,000.
RFA Kailer Yamamoto nonetheless must be re-signed. It’s not recognized but if he can change into a top-six winger. He solely scored eight objectives final season. Valeri Nichushkin’s cope with the Colorado Avalanche could also be too excessive of a comparable (two years, $2.5 million per) and will extra alongside the traces of Max Comtois‘ cope with the Geese (two years at $2.04 million per). That mentioned, thinks Yamamoto will are available below $2 million, guessing two years at $1.75 million per.
An attention-grabbing yr forward of the Stars – goaltending, Klingberg and a few pending UFAs
Mike Heika of NHL.com: (mailbag) One of many questions surrounding the Dallas Stars this season will probably be if Ben Bishop is ready to return in some unspecified time in the future. If he does, they may then want to determine the way to cope with having three NHL goalies and their wage cap hits – Bishop, Braden Holtby and Anton Khudobin.
The Stars and defenseman John Klingberg have been speaking a couple of contract extension. The Stars would like to get one thing accomplished however with the dimensions of among the contracts handed out to defensemen this season, together with Miro Heiskanen‘s, it received’t be straightforward.
With Joe Pavelski, Alexander Radulov and Klingberg UFA after the season, and the Stars might wait to see how this yr performs out. In the event that they do nicely, Pavelski or Radulov ought to get a short-term deal. If the group doesn’t do nicely, they may look to get youthful. The Stars have Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and Ryan Suter signed, and Thomas Harley is shut, so extending Klingberg is hard.
Don’t consider the Stars are fascinated by buying and selling any goaltender earlier than the season. If Bishop is wholesome sufficient to return as some level, they could want to take a look at the thought of buying and selling somebody.