Monday Mailbag: Does a Zack Kassian buy for the Edmonton Oilers make sense? – OIL NATION

Happy Monday, nation, and welcome to a new mail folder to help you start your week and break down what’s happening with the Edmonton Oilers. This week, we’re looking at whether the Zack Kassian buy makes sense, free-agent tours, the Stanley Cup Finals and much more. If you have a question you’d like to ask, email it to me at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter at @jsbbaggedmilk and I will get to you as soon as we can.

February 8, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) battles Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Kassian (44) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre.

1) Taylor asks: There has been a lot of talk over the last week about a possible purchase of Zack Kassian as a way to clear some salary-cap space, but I see it as another dose of dead money on the Oilers’ books in the future. . Where does everyone sit in the Kassian buy situation?

Robin Brownlee:

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Finding a business partner and retaining some salary is a better idea. At least you get something in return.

Cami Lewis:

I’d rather attach a draft pick or prospect and unload salary without having a dead cap. The Oilers have borrowed from the future to help the present for years and need to get their accounts straight. They have a farm system good enough to agree to give away a pick or prospect to lose a bad contract.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

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First, try to move him with his full salary. He then tries to move his full salary by adding a bit of sweetener, like a late pick. He then tries to trade him while he withholds up to $1.2 million from the compounding hit on him. If all else fails, then you buy it. You need that cap space and Kassian isn’t worth $3.2 million anymore. I like the player, I hate the contract and the Oilers need to use those dollars for something else. Cap dead space sucks, but you could argue that having a fourth line of $3.2 million is also cap dead space in a way.

bagged milk:

If you can’t change it, then a purchase might be the only option, although I hate to say it. If they bought Kass, the Oilers would basically have dead space in the top six on their books and that’s extremely frustrating.

2) Evan asks: The Oilers welcomed Andrei Kuzmenko to town last week to see if the Russian forward was a good fit. Imagine for a moment that you are in charge of his Edmonton tour, what is the first thing you would show Kuzmenko and where are you taking him to eat?

Robin Brownlee:

I take him to a humble pie restaurant and ask how come he hasn’t been able to score as many points in the KHL as former Oiler Patrick Thoresen, (65) who was a fringe NHLer at best.

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Cami Lewis:

She would take him to Farrow and then take a walk down the river valley and out to dinner at Tzin. Either that or a tour of every Boston Pizza location in and around the city.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I take it to YEG Burger and then the two of us go enjoy it picnic style in the river valley on a warm summer day. The wind blows gently against us as we look out over the beautiful North Saskatchewan River and I lean into him and say softly “someday you will bring the Stanley Cup to that river.” Fin.

bagged milk:

We’d have a feast at Arby’s and I’d cheer him on when he rang the bell on his way out. If that doesn’t do the job, then I don’t know what will. As for the tour, he starts and ends pushing the bat on 97th street. He would love it, we would laugh and everyone would have a great time.

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3) Jace asks: Many pundits have suggested that the upcoming NHL draft class isn’t as strong as it has been in the past and I wonder if that makes it more likely that Ken Holland will opt to bag the No. 1 pick? round about something that he can help you now. If it were up to you, are you using the pick as planned or are you pushing to trade it for more picks or part of a package for a roster player?

Robin Brownlee:

Who is saying that? There are questions outside the top 10 and plenty more outside the top 20 where the Oilers will pick, but that’s always the case to some degree. I’d be willing to trade him, but I have no idea what the Oilers’ preliminary roster looks like.

Cami Lewis:

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Since they don’t have any second-, third-, or fourth-round picks, he could see him moving the first round to rack up a few more picks later in the draft. Related to question number one, the first one could also be used to move a bad contract with a cheap quality player coming back in exchange.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I would be very open to bagging the selection to improve for next season. It would have to be for the right piece, like a very good winger in the top six or a bona fide starting goalkeeper with a good contract, but I think the Netherlands should be very open to the idea, especially considering the average the draft gets after of selection 20. .

bagged milk:

My bet is that the Netherlands trades the pick for more picks, say, in the second and third rounds or as part of a package for a player who can help now. Is the time. LFG.

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April 19, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; A view of the official Stanley Cup logo game pucks before the Washington Capitals vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 4 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

4) Kev asks: I know that by the time Mailbag goes up on the site, the Stanley Cup Finals will already have a couple of games booked, but what are everyone’s predictions for the Finals and what is your reasoning behind that choice?

Robin Brownlee:

I picked Tampa Bay to win in six. I’m going to be wrong

Cami Lewis:

I had Tampa over Colorado in the final. We’ll see what the Lightnings can do at home but it looks like the Avs are unstoppable.

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Tyler Yaremchuk:

My pick was the Avalanche to start with, but the sportsbooks don’t respect the Lightning enough, so now I’m very interested in Tampa Bay winning this.

bagged milk:

I thought the Avalanche was going to be tough against back-to-back champions, but I figured they’d get the job done anyway. What I didn’t expect is that the Avalanche would absolutely run the table for two games.

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5) David O. asks: With the Terry Jones news, whether I like it or not, he was a part of the Edmonton sports scene for decades. Thoughts, reactions, memories of Terry Jones or his work from any of the panels?

Robin Brownlee:

I wrote about him on Sunday.. It was classless the way Post Media let him on the phone after 55 years, but they’ve done it before and they will do it again. It’s fair to say it was time for Jonesy to go, but you don’t kick someone to the curb like that. He rings the phone, “Pack your shit.” Brutal.

Cami Lewis:

Post Media was embarrassed to give such a senior member of staff so little respect, but we shouldn’t expect anything more from them.

Tyler Yaremchuk:

I always enjoyed your coverage of curling. I’m a big curling guy and I love it when it gets more conventional coverage.

bagged milk:

How not to respect a career of five decades?

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