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Edmonton Oilers Potentially in Hot Water after Salary Arbitration Ruling


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Julien Trekker
July 27, 2023  (10:22)
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NHL's arbitration season is in full swing, with Philipp Kurashev recently netting a whopping $2.5 million AAV award. While this is a promising development for Kurashev, it spells potential trouble for fans of the Edmonton Oilers.

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A Game-Changer

Edmonton Oilers face a tense hearing with Ryan McLeod at the arbitration table on August 4th. The hockey world is predicting that the outcome of Kurashev's case may heavily influence McLeod's verdict.
"The team that's hurting the most from this is the Edmonton Oilers trying to get Ryan Mcleod done, because I think they were trying to wedge him in just south of two million bucks or just south of two million bucks, and now that number is sadly like 2.5." - Frank Seravalli

Consequences

The new precedent set by the $2 million-plus decision has sent shockwaves through the Oilers' financial planning. It's been rumored that the Oilers initially hoped to snag McLeod for a figure under $2 million.
If the decision indeed swings towards the $2.5 million mark, it could limit the Oilers' flexibility in terms of what they can propose to other players, such as Evan Bouchard. Nevertheless, the Oilers still have a chance to turn things around, as there's still room for negotiation before the arbitration hearing.
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Edmonton Oilers Potentially in Hot Water after Salary Arbitration Ruling

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