In times anything but normal might the Edmonton Oilers off-season not be, either?: 9 Things

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7. The Ted Lindsay award will be handed out on Monday at 6:30 EST during that night’s game telecast. The race, voted on by the players, is between Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin. While I think Leon deserves both this and the Hart, I have more faith in the players than the writers (who vote for the MVP, also handed out tomorrow). If Draisaitl does not win at least 1 of the 2, there should be an inquisition.

6. Oilers prospect Cooper Marody has been loaned to Dornbirn of the Austrian pro league for the start of the 2020-21 season. Marody was 5-12-17 in 30 GP for Bakersfield in a concussion-plagued 2019-20. The Austrian league is no great shakes. But with Marody trying to come back from last season pro ice-time of any kind is the most urgent need. I also headr that Raphael Lavoie may be “released” by Rogl BK of the SHL. Only I’m not sure Edmonton ever actually assigned Lavoie in the first place. Big difference.

5. Its unlikely that the Oilers would straight-up trade their 14th over-all pick at the NHL Draft coming up October 6th and 7th. That is, unless they had another #1 coming in. Think about it: Not much of substance can be acquired during this off-season without salary also going out. Could you get a #1 for one of the Oilers existing left-hand D-men? I think you probably could. But you’d probably only move one of those guys if you already had a replacement. So hang onto that thought for a moment…

4. The Minnesota Wild are moving on from long-time stalwart and Captain, Mikko Koivu, 37. Yes, his numbers have fallen off. But if Koivu wanted one more year and you can make the numbers work, could you find a veteran 3rd Line Center better suited to shepherd young Jesse Puljujarvi through a return to the NHL than his fellow Finn? I think Koivu can still play and he is a tremendous face-off man, a weakness in Edmonton. Puljujarvi’s deal will likely come in around the low $1m’s. Tyler Ennis will be at or below that. So, could you get Koivu, Ennis & Puljujarvi as a 3rd line in Edmonton for $4-5m/year total?

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