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Insider reveals if Draisaitl and McDavid want to stay with Oilers long term


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Sam Jones
June 15, 2024  (8:12)
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As the Edmonton Oilers gear up for another exciting NHL season, the buzz around town is the contract discussions involving star player Leon Draisaitl.

On a recent episode of "OilersNow" hosted by Bob Stauffer, renowned NHL insider Frank Seravalli shared insights that have Oilers fans talking.
SERAVALLI: The next iteration of this, when everyone's locked up - and I'm saying when because to me, it's not if -

STAUFFER: Woah, you're saying they're gonna get all three of those guys signed?

SERAVALLI: I believe the Oilers have already begun discussions with Draisaitl's camp . . . My point is, two years from now when the Oilers take the ice, [McDavid, Draisaitl, Bouchard] are gonna add up to $40M.

The revelation from Seravalli paints a promising picture for the Oilers' future. Draisaitl, who turns 30 at the onset of his next contract period, is reportedly aiming for an eight-year deal—a tenure only the Oilers can offer. According to the insider, the discussions have been productive, and Draisaitl might command the upper echelon of his salary expectations, around $14M, although he previously hinted at a possible $12.5M discount for a long-term commitment.
Meanwhile, Bouchard's financial expectations have also surfaced, with a possible $10M per year deal, which is $2M above previous reports by Stauffer.
The collective morale is buoyant as the Oilers, with players like McDavid and Draisaitl, have tasted Stanley Cup action this year, igniting hopes of a deeper run next season. Seravalli emphasized McDavid's commitment to the team, suggesting a strong pull for both Draisaitl and Bouchard to remain and strive for the championship.
Oilers fans are understandably thrilled with these developments. The prospect of retaining key talents could solidify the team's competitive edge and foster a winning environment in Edmonton. With the talks ongoing, the city waits in anticipation, hopeful that their hockey heroes will continue to shine in Oilers colors for years to come.
Source: Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer
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Insider reveals if Draisaitl and McDavid want to stay with Oilers long term

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