Some interesting comments from Todd McLellan this morning, who talked about the importance of players doing well over the last stretch of games. McLellan specifically mentioned those who will be restricted and unrestricted free agents this summer and referenced players from last seasons roster.
I did a study the other day and went back and looked at Edmonton’s roster from last year and the number of players that played in an Oiler jersey at one point. And, if I’m driving home in my car and I’m saying to myself “well if it’s not in Edmonton it’s going to be somewhere else”, I’d go do that homework. Because for a lot of them it wasn’t somewhere else, it was nowhere. And we’re in 28, 29, 30 range. Those players aren’t quite as desirable as Stanley Cup champs even if it’s on par. (Source: 630 CHED)
For reference, here’s the list of UFA’s and RFA’s this summer (Source: General Fanager). McLellan did mention that even the top players need to do well over this last stretch, but we know moving guaranteed contracts is a lot tougher.
Full article is at The Copper & Blue.