Next on our list are the Edmonton Oilers who were just recently knocked out of the Semi-Finals by the Colorado Avalanche 4-0. The Oilers ended up with 49 wins in 2021-22 and 104 points, which was their most points in the regular season since 1986-87 when they won the Stanley Cup.
GM and Coach
Ken Holland has been the GM in Edmonton since May of 2019 and will be entering his fourth season with the Oilers in 2022-23. The team has made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, losing in the first round in the first two years, before making it to the Semi-Finals in 2021-22. He is a future Hall of Famer but he does make some puzzling roster decisions and has had a history of giving out horrible contracts.
Jay Woodcroft took over as Head Coach on February 10th, 2022 from Dave Tippett. In his rookie season as an NHL coach, his team went 26-9-3 in his 38 games in the regular season and they beat Dallas and Calgary before losing to Calgary in the playoffs. Woodcroft did everything he could this season and the big test will be how this team responds next year for him.
Next season, Edmonton has just over $7.1 million in cap space. They still owe $1.917 million and $1.5 million for buying out James Neal and Andrej Sekera next season. They also owe one more year of retained salary for Milan Lucic at $750k. They should have $4.167 million in LTIR with Oscar Klefbom who hasn't suited up for two seasons.
The team will need to re-sign Ryan McLeod (22), Jesse Puljujarvi (24) and Kailer Yamamoto (23) who are now RFAs for about $5 to 7 million AAV. Becoming UFAs are Josh Archibald (29), Derrick Brassard (34), Evander Kane (30), Colton Sceviour (33), Kyle Turris (32), Brett Kulak (28), Kris Russell (35), Mikko Koskinen (33) and Brad Malone (33) for the balance of space they have remaining.
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