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Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl in a game agains the New York Islanders
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Leon Draisaitl Makes Worrying Comments About his Future in Edmonton

Published January 11, 2024 at 1:55 PM
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Leon Draisaitl, one of the NHL's best players, is set to be a free agent at the end of the 2024-25 season.

The German forward reached the 100-points mark four times in the last five seasons.This year, with 43 points in 37 games, he continues to show the League that he deserves a lot more than his current $8 million AAV deal.

There's no doubt that he'll ask for a significantly higher number for his next deal, probably topping William Nylander's 8-year, $11.5 million AAV.

He shared his thoughts about his future and details about his current mindset about his future contract negotiations in a rencent interview with Sportsnet's Marc Spector.


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Draisaitl Talks About his Future in the NHL on Live TV



"Of course, I want to finish the job. That's why I pour my heart, my emotions — my body language, sometimes — into it every day. That's the way I'm wired. I care a lot. Of course, I want to finish the job. And I want to finish it here.

But there are lots of things that go into it. Lots of things that play a role in these situations. And at the end of the day, I'm going to give you the boring answer again: We'll see how it plays out."

"There's a lot of thought, a lot of conversation that goes into it. With family. With my agents, of course. Right now, I think everyone just wants me to focus on playing. I know the situation come July 1. But there's another side to it as well. You know, the Oilers have a say in this as well. Come July 1, at least. After that, it's up to me."

It's evident that he won't think about it until the right time comes. Now, his priority's focused on winning.

Will McDavid Influence his Decision?



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Having the opportunity to play with the world's best player doesn't come around often and many would believe it could be a key factor in Draisaitl's decision.

He talked about it, saying that they both make their own decisions, even if they have the same goals and a good relationship.

"At the end of the day, he's going to do what's best for him, and I'm going to have to do the same thing for me. We've had a lot of success together, and we would like to have more success as a team, of course. I'm sure at some point, there's going to be some conversations. But at the end of the day, he's going to do what's best for him and I'm going to do what's best for me."

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