Sports Peter Chiarelli to TSN's Bob McKenzie on the McDavid & Draisaitl deals: "They are really high."

19:42  09 september  2017
19:42  09 september  2017 Source:   Edmonton Journal

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However, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said on Wednesday that McDavid , the reigning league MVP, had the TSN ' s Bob McKenzie reported a similar anecdote of the negotiations While other players have signed longer deals for more money, the NHL's current CBA limits deals to eight years in length.

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This intoday from TSN’s Bob McKenzie, his 47-minute interview with Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. You should listen to the entire interview, but there’s a ton of news in it I’ll address.

A few of the highlights:

On the Eberle trade both a cap move and a hockey trade: “I think it’s rare now you see a purely hockey driven deal. We did one the year before… We were able to do this trade and it dove tails into our forward planning for salary cap purposes, but also we get a young player who we feel about strongly… We had to get on it quickly, because the July 1 happens quickly, and you have to be prepared for it cap-wise and roster-wise. We looked at it for awhile and we decided it would be the first move in a series of transactions.”

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My take: This isn’t a popular thing to say with a large group of Oilers fans, but I think Strome will be a better fit for the Oilers this year than Eberle would have been. Eberle had worn out his welcome with a huge, vocal faction of fans, he’d been trending down for two years as a player, and I also suspect the coach had seen enough. Strome is a bigger, somewhat tougher player and a stronger passer, more of a glue player than Eberle, though not nearly the one-on-one attacker Eberle is.

On the Draisaitl and McDavid contracts redefining the salary structure: “Redefining a salary structure is an interesting statement. Certainly when you look at the comps in each case it’s not marginally close to those comps. I think you have to look at the uniqueness of Connor and then you have to look at, with Leon’s case, you have to look at his position, his size and his ability and his performance in the playoffs vis-a-vis his comp group. But they are high. The numbers are high…. We are very comfortable with those two players. They are driven. They want to win. They’re both humble kids. And we felt comfortable with it.”

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Chiarelli added that with the percentage of the cap McDavid and Draisaitl were taking, it was possible to win, and though the Oilers didn’t know if the cap was going to go up, they were taking that gamble. “If the cap goes flat, that’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough.”

My take: Chiarelli is evidently well aware of the coming salary cap crunch on the Oilers. I’m not sure that the full ramifications of that crunch has set in with all Oilers fans, but there’s going to be a great deal of pain bere as the Oilers will be forced to shed some very good players, and maybe some very good young fan favourites. So pray for NHL revenues to shoot up, Oilers fans.

As for Draisaitl’s deal, it’s true that based on the comps his salary should have been $7.2 million to $8.0 million per year. So he’s getting a bonus, though based on his strong two-way player at centre for two years, based on his strong play when he wasn’t teamed up with McDavid this year, and based on his stelar play in the playoffs, I can live with Draisaitl getting a bit more than his comps.

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CHICAGO – Offer sheets may not be a tool used by NHL general managers too often these days, but the possibility of one was certainly in the back of Peter Chiarelli ’ s mind when he dealt away Jordan Eberle and his -million salary. With pending restricted free agent Leon Draisaitl coming off a

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On the summer of  2018, when numerous new contracts will have to be negotiated and the Oilers will be pressed up to the cap, with McDavid, Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all on big money deals: “At the end of the day you can’t put all that money into three centres. You can’t. It won’t work. But having said that we’ve had success with Leon on the wing. And if you look at models for two lines, you can have that money for two lines. So I think you have to look at it as your top players, not as your top lines… If you can work in pairs, right, you can have three pretty damn good lines…. With centres, they’re talented and they can play both sides and you can move them around.”

With bridge deals, the roster can be kept together going forward, Chiarelli said.

My take: Yes, indeed, he battle is on to see which of the Oilers will emerge as the Top 6 forwards on the team, with McDavid, Draisaitl and Lucic having spots by default, and Nugent-Hopkins, Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Drake Caggiula, Jesse Puljujarvi and others competing for the other three roles. If RNH isn’t clearly in the top four or five forwards on the team this year, he’ll be moved. If he is that good, he has a chance to stick.

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As for Draisaitl and Connor McDavid , Chiarelli said: “I’d like to sign both of them. Chiarelli does sound like a few signings are coming, which makes sense, as a depth forward and depth defender If they were signed to cheap one-way deals all it would cost the Oilers is cash to park them in the minors.

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On the RNH trade rumours: “When those things get really rampant it’s usually because I’ve talked to somebody about that player, and that somebody has leaked my conversation to somebody else.”

Eberle didn’t like all the trade rumours last year, Chiarelli intimated.

On a McDavid, Ryan Strome and Patrick Maroon line, which Chiarelli said would likely start the exhibition season: “We brought in Ryan and we want him to succeed. He’s a very heady player, he’s got a very good wrist shot, good release. And you have to be a very heady player, and you have to trade pucks well if you’re going to play with Connor, and trade them quickly… They all think the game very well.”

On where Draisaitl will play, centre or wing: “As a manager, I like Leon in the middle because he’s strong and he’s heavy and he’s good on faceoffs. He’s more than that, but that’s why I like him in the middle. That doesn’t mean that Connor and Leon won’t play together because you saw them playing together last year. Leon will take some draws and Connor will be on the wing, and they trade coverage down low sometimes. But as a manager, I think you’re winning a Cup, at the end of the day, on the average, with both of those guys in the middle.”

My take: I prefer Draisaitl at centre every day of the week, at every day of the year, for the same reasons spelled out by Chiarelli.

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However, TSN ’ s Bob McKenzie heard that McDavid “wasn’t comfortable with the number and may have insisted on lowering it.” Still, that’s for GM Peter Chiarelli & Co. to decide. For Draisaitl , this is a great moment, and he might even be able to back up that big contract with big results on the ice.

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On Lucic’s play last year: “Out of ten I’d give him a strong 6. Any time you get a player that comes to a new environment I think there’s an adjustment period…. I loved his game. I know there’s talk about his even strength play, but he did everything we asked him to do and he will do better and he’s in good shape…. I don’t know if he’d agree with my grade, but I know he can contribute more.”

Will Lucic contract bite the Oilers in years to come? “For a heavy type of player that is entering that age group, certainly that is something that comes up. You think about it. I think about it when we are signing those type of players.”

But Lucic has always been in very good shape and is a student of the game, Chiarelli said, so he should be OK.

My take: The signings that could bite Chiarelli and the Oilers are the Kris Russell, Milan Lucic and Andrej Sekera deals. All veterans, all signed long-term, all with hefty cap hits. So long as these players produce — and Sekera and Russell were strong last year — the complaining from the vast majority of fans won’t get too loud. The bottom line is winning, so if they help the Oilers win, all will be fine.

Chiarelli’s mark for Lucic is fair. He had some good moments, he was strong on the power play, his hitting was impressive, but he’s got to be more consistent in terms of his two-way game. I see Lucic as a more talented version of Matt Hendricks, and Hendricks was a useful player until this past season. There’s a chance, too, that Lucic will be an OK player in the final six years of his hefty deal. Whether he’s a player who earns his big ticket each year, though, is another question.

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They also dig into the Draisaitl deal and other Oilers signings. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said that McDavid could have signed for much more, or pushed for a shorter term, but chose not to do so. TSN ’ s Bob McKenzie explained McDavid ’s thinking in a few tweets: “Original deal was expected to

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On the criticism of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trade. “I never doubted the move, and I know it would be met with a lot of criticism, and a lot of it was tough to take over time, but I’m happy for Adam because he’s shown he’s a player, and he’ll be better than what he’s done too… I talk to (Devils GM) Ray (Shero) about this trade all the time. It helped both of us.”

My take: I’d make the Hall for Larsson trade today and I suspect the vast majority of Oilers fans are in the same boat. Larsson filled a massive, ugly gaping hole on right defence. If the Oilers didn’t fill that hole, they were never going to win, and players like Mark Fayne were never going to get that job done.

On Jesse Puljujarvi’s up-and-down season: Chiarelli said Puljujarvi had to get acclimated to North America on and off the ice. “He had a learning curve that he didn’t completely get to the top of. He’s the complete package and we’re going to be patient with him.” He had very good numbers for an 18 year old in the AHL and could easily  have scored more points. “He stood out, which was nice for me to see.” He did more explosive training this year. “He’s a very conscientious kid and he knows the game well.” His training has changed a bit. “It’s not that he was out of condition. This guy is a machine in training. His condition was long conditioning, running, cycling. He was in terrific shape.”

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