“I’m betting on the Oilers to sign Markstrom”: NHL insiders say Edmonton in hot pursuit of big goalie

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There’s no shortage of chatter about the Edmonton Oilers being in hot pursuit of UFA goalie Jacob Markstrom. Here is the latest:

TSN’s Bob McKenzie now reports that the Oilers are “out” on signing free agent goalie Jacob Markstrom.

And NHL insider John Shannon: “Oilers definitely out of bidding on Markstrom.”

Oilers fan Cameron Bill Boutkan @Oilerfan_Bill
You know what would be really funny? If Edmonton got CGY to pay a premium for Markstrom just for them to trade for Korpisalo and then sign Brodie/Hamonic

Earlier in the day, here is what was said:

NHL Watcher @NHL_Watcher
McKenzie on Insider Trading says doesn’t look like Jacob Markstrom is returning to Vancouver, Oilers have a max term offer ready, numbers being thrown out is around 7-yrs, $5M AAV.

Vegas Golden Knights hockey host Daren Millard @darenmillard

Sounds like the Battle of Alberta is on again… G Jakob Markstrom serving as the prize.


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Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC
Jacob Markstrom and VAN continued to grind away. It is expected the two Alberta teams will make major pushes if he hits the market…

Hockey writer Spector’s Hockey @SpectorsHockey
Could the #Oilers make a seven-year, $5 million AAV pitch to Jacob Markstrom? Sure, they’ve got $7.5 million in cap space. However, they’ll have to shed some salary to re-sign Ethan Bear and perhaps make another move or save some space for next season.

CBS sports hockey writer Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn
Braden Holtby to the Oilers would be perfect because it would mean they correctly identified a need and then overpaid to get the wrong guy

Hockey writer Dimitri Filipovic @DimFilipovic

I cannot stress how bad of an idea it would be to give a goalie a 7 year deal, especially one that’s turning 31 soon

Sportsnet Flames announcer Pat Steinberg @Fan960Steinberg
If Jacob Markstrom makes it to free agency Friday, believe Calgary will make a competitive, long-term pitch. Also am of the understanding #Flames are a preferred landing spot if Markstrom doesn’t return to Vancouver.

NHL commentator Nick Kypreos @RealKyper
Ok Pat. I’m betting on the @Oilers to sign him with @cmcdavid97 being his x -factor. I’ll also take the Oil giving him 5m x 7 yrs. Would definitely add another layer to the battle eh. @Line_Movement

Vancouver Province hockey writer Patrick Johnston @risingaction
It’s always been a pretty simple choice here for Markstrom: probably some more money on the table elsewhere, be it in term or structure (signing bonus!) but Canucks can lean on a desire to stay with the familiar.


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We’re still there.

Oilers News and Updates @oilersaccess
Pierre LeBrun says the Oilers are “eagerly” waiting to see if Jacob Markstrom hits free agency. Darren Dreger speculated that the Oilers could offer Markstrom a $5M, 7 year contract. The Oilers were also looking at Braden Holtby in the last few days. #LetsGoOilers

Oilers News and Updates @oilersaccess
Bob McKenzie: “Edmonton is going to take an unbelievably hard run here and maybe offer a max-term (7 years as speculated by Dreger and Kypreos) deal to Jakob Markstrom.”

Edmonton Journal writer Jim Matheson @jimmathesonnhl
Teams around league are either buying people out or making trades to free up cap space for free-agency. Oilers didn’t QO Athanasiou or Benning so that was $4.9 mil but if they’re going after G Markstrom (and they certainly are), they’ll need to do do more fancy fiscal footwork

Cult of Hockey blogger Kurt Leavins @KurtLeavins
I expect the #Oilers to go hard at a top goaltender. I believe it’s priority #1, 2 and 3 this off-season.

Analytics expert Michael Parkatti @mparkatti
So, what’s Markstrom’s expectation? Dude is turning 31 in January, so if his baseline hasn’t started degrading already, it will soon.

Flames fan Mark Ogle @TheBigOgle
I’m hearing from a source the #flames are signing Markstrom, Hall, and Pietrangelo today…

… the source is my wife who keeps telling me to stop telling her who I want the #flames to sign…

Hockey writer David Pagnotta @TheFourthPeriod
What happens with Markstrom may likely have an affect on what happens with Holtby. If Vancouver doesn’t sign Markstrom, they’ll reach out to Holtby’s camp. Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota among the teams that will be calling…Teams waiting to see what happens with Vancouver & Markstrom include Calgary, Detroit & Edmonton. If he doesn’t sign with VAN in the next 2 hours, they’ll all aggressively pursue (a couple other clubs may call, as well).


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TSN Radio Vancouver @TSN1040
Dhaliwal: #Canucks and Markstrom are still talking. It’s going to go down to the wire. Both sides want to get it done.

Wild hockey writer Michael Russo @RussoHockey
#mnwild source says team will dive into free-agent market for a goalie if no trade is made by 11 a.m. CT. Free-agent goalies available include Jacob Markstrom, Braden Holtby, Thomas Greiss, Cam Talbot, Anton Khudobin, Corey Crawford, Cory Schneider, Mike Smith, Aaron Dell

Sportsnet 650 @Sportsnet650
“One of the two Alberta teams might be the best fit for him. I’ll give the advantage to the Flames.” Eric Francis on a pending free agent, Jacob Markstrom

Sportsnet 650 @Sportsnet650
“Let’s say its all doom and gloom and they don’t get Markstrom, Toffoli, and Tanev. They’ve got all that money next year and just see what they can do without them next season” Dan Murphy on Canucks free agency

NHL Watcher @NHL_Watcher
McGuire on TSN1200 talking about Jacob Markstrom: “Let me ask you this, what do the Colorado Avalanche look like if they’re able to get a player like that?” #GoAvsGo

TSN Radio Vancouver @TSN1040
Dhaliwal: Greiss and Khudobin high on #Canucks list for Markstrom’s replacement if he leaves, most likely 2 year deals

My take

  1. There are no shortage of goalies available right now. Not sure that Markstrom, who will be 31 this year, is the best bet on a long-term deal.  Perhaps I’m overly influenced here by Edmonton’s record on Unrestricted Free Agent signings, which in recent years includes names like Milan Lucic, Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, Eric Belanger, Andrew Ference, Andrej Sekera, none of which worked out extremely well for the team, some of which were disasters. But what do you expect when you’re offering peak value contracts with major term to players leaving their prime hockey years? Why would it turn out well? Turning out well would be the exception, not the rule.
  2. I will be excited if the Oilers sign Jacob Markstrom. But I’ll be more excited if another team signs him. I’m not a fan of long-term deals for players in their 30s. And I think there will be other, better, cheaper bets to make on a glutted goalie market.
  3. I would prefer the Oilers bring in a goalie like Braden Holtby, who had an off year. Buy low. Sell high.
  4. Here is what Oilers GM Ken Holland said about free agency earlier this week, that there are extra costs associated to the buying team when bringing in a free agent. “It’s longer term than you’d like or higher cap than you’d like, if you want to add the player.”
  5. But most likely a goalie will be brought in on free agency, Holland said. “It appears there’s going to be a lot of goalie movement between now and this time next week… It looks like there’s going to be goalies on the unrestricted free agent market… We are going to have a goalie in place next week, I anticipate through free agency.”
  6. As for the market for free agents right now, Holland said, “I think lots of players are going to do short term deals, but I think there will be some long term deals.”
  7. In other free agent news, this in from Toronto hockey writer Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period: “Kyle Turris, bought out by Nashville, has received interest from several teams. I believe the Edmonton Oilers are one of those teams.”
  8. And from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug: “Have to wonder about Mikko Koivu as a fit for Oilers 3c spot. Would be a huge influence on Jesse Puljujarvi, and a veteran presence in the room. Grant/Kahun other potential options. We shall see..”
  9. And from TSN reporter Tom Gazzola: “Hearing the Oilers and Kyle Turris’ camp have had some discussions. Would be a good option for 3rd line centre for the club.”

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