Friday, April 11, 2008


Oilers Sign Nilsson

Busy day for Kevin Lowe. In addition to signing Tom Gilbert, the Oilers have signed Robert Nilsson for three years, $5.5 million dollars. That's $1,833,333 per. Here are the Oilers current cap hit numbers, and significant free agents, using NHLSCAP and NHL Numbers. The salary cap is expected to be around $56.3 million next year, with a floor of $40 million.

Oilers 2008-2009 Payroll Commitments

Player2008-2009 Salary (US$)
Sheldon Souray
$5.4 million
Dustin Penner
$4.25 million
Ales Hemsky
$4.1 million
Tom Gilbert
$4 million
Shawn Horcoff
$3.6 million
Dwayne Roloson
Steve Staios
$2.7 million
Fernando Pisani
$2.5 million
Raffi Torres
$2.25 million
Ethan Moreau
$2 million
Robert Nilsson
Sam Gagner
$1.625 million
Matt Greene
$1.15 million
Andrew Cogliano
$1.13 million
Mathieu Garon
$1.1 million
Ladislav Smid
Kyle Brodziak

Oilers Free Agents As Of July 1, 2008

PlayerTypeAge2007-2008 Salary (US$)
Joni Pitkanen
$2.4 million
Jarret Stoll
$2.2 million
Geoff Sanderson
$1.5 million
Denis Grebeshkov
Marty Reasoner
Marc-Antoine Pouliot
Zach Stortini
Curtis Glencross
Allan Rourke
*arbitration eligible

So there's around $14 million to play with after these two signings, and Pitkanen, Stoll, Grebeshkov, Reasoner, Pouliot, Stortini and odds and ends left to sign. Doable? We'll see, but Pitkanen could be gone.


Now that's a contract! Less than $2 million for a guy who you can call our second-line winger almost in pen for next year, a guy who's on the upswing, and three years. I believe that takes him into unrestricted free agency afterwards but I don't begrudge him it.

Good for Mini-Magic. Better for the Oilers. I'm almost inclined to call that a "dad's a scout discount".

Makes me wonder if he saw Gilbert's deal before he signed. I would have been like, "whoa, wait a minute here!"

Gilbert's includes some juicy UFA years so that inflates it I'm sure. Gilbert must like it here and Lowe must have a man crush. And he's talking about living with the kids again. 25 years old, lives in a frat house, sitting on a $24 Mill contract, playing hockey 7-9 months a year. In related news I won a free cookie on my Timmy's cup today. Hooray!

14 mill to work with hmmm? That seems workable.

Well Gilbert can now afford to buy Rock Band to go with his Guitar Hero! Rock on!!

Here's what hurts

Patrick Thoresen ... He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one,"

I can imagine the conversation.

Gilbert: "Heya Bobby, where ya been all day? I've been trying you on your phone all afternoon."

Nilsson: "Ha ha, Tom-Tom! Pendergast and Patty flew me out on a fishing expedition and there was fuck all for cell service out there. Anyways, I've got great news!"

Gilbert: "Holy shit, me too! You first."

Nilsson: "Well, they're excited about the future. They like the synergy all us young players, and... wait a minute. Is that a new grill up in your mouth? What are those, zircodians?

Gilbert: "Oh well, that's the news, bro! I signed a 24 million dollar extension! Can you believe it!?!?

Anyways, you said you had news. Spit it out"

Nilsson: "I caught a pike"

Nilsson: "W

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