Oilers GM Ken Holland plans another move this offseason

He is ‘satisfied’, but…


Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland says he is “satisfied” with how the organization has handled the off-season, but he is not ruling out other moves. Holland managed to bring back forward Evander Kane and defenseman Brett Kulak, but also add a much-needed starting goalie in Jack Campbell and depth centre Mattias Janmark.

However the Oilers are now $6.8 million over the NHL’s $82.5 million salary cap, though they’re expected to put sidelined players Oscar Klefbom and Mike Smith on long-term injury reserve for the coming season. This might have prompted Holland to tell TSN Radio 1260 on Thursday that he might not be done with his free agent pickups this summer.

“There are some players out there that I’m still kind of looking at for the bottom part of the roster,” said Holland. “Maybe would like to add someone on a one-year deal that is sort of undervalued because they didn’t get swept up over the first couple weeks of free agency. We’ll see, but I am comfortable if we do nothing.”

The Oilers will most likely start the season with 21-22 players on their active roster next season, but we are still wondering what it will look like. Holland did mention that he’ll like to sign someone in their mid to late 20s.

However, rumours have linked veteran forward Phil Kessel, but the guy is way past his last 20s…

“Most everybody that’s on the market, I’m aware of and have talked to their agent so we’ll see,” Holland commented on the possibility of adding Kessel. “I’m not going to say ‘yes,’ I’m not going to say ‘no.’ I think it depends a little bit on if we doing anything to our lineup between now and the opening of camp.”

Kessel is coming off an eight-year, $64 million contract, but could accept a bargain deal to play for a contender like the Oilers.

We can’t say if that the additional move Holland has on his mind, but we better keep an eye on what’s happening in Edmonton.