A new contract for Oilers forward Darnell Nurse may be in the cards, but there are questions as to who will actually get it.
The news comes after the team signed veteran defenceman Mark Giordano to a two-year deal in December.
Giordino signed a four-year, $10.5-million deal with the Oilers last July.
The 23-year-old Giordanni is currently third on the team in goals (13), points (40), assists (26), and points (46) and ranks tied for fifth in plus/minus (+17).
Nurse, however, was not named on the initial roster and has yet to sign a new deal.
There’s still plenty of time for Giordaneans contract to be worked out, and the Oilers might not get anything out of him for the next few seasons.
Nurse is expected to make $3.5 million next season, which is roughly $500,000 below the salary cap.
The Oilers were able to use the cap space to sign forward Adam Larsson, but the contract for Larsson will be paid on a one-way basis with the Predators, which could mean Nurse will only get a $700,000 signing bonus.
In other words, the Oilers are hoping Nurse can still be a solid player, but that it will be in a contract that makes sense for the Oilers.
If the Oilers want to be a contender, they will likely need to get him a long-term deal.
The team also has some issues to address on the blue line, with forwards Jussi Jokinen and Justin Schultz both signed to two-way deals.
The two players combined for 26 goals and 42 points in just 57 games last season.
Schultz’s contract will expire at the end of the year, so the Oilers could try to lock him up long-range, but he could be a restricted free agent.
The bottom line is that Nurse will need to hit the open market for a long time.
He’ll have to decide whether to remain with the team he helped build or sign a one way deal to remain in Edmonton.
It will be up to Nurse to decide if he wants to stay in Edmonton for the long term.
More to come.
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