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Oilers trade deadline addition signs with the New York Rangers for three years


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Sam Jones
July 2, 2024  (9:24)
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Oilers acquire a player by trade deadline and signs with the New York Rangers
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In a surprising turn of events, the NHL offseason is heating up with some unexpected player movements.

Sam Carrick, formerly of the Edmonton Oilers, has officially signed a new contract with the New York Rangers, marking a significant transition in his career. This move comes shortly after his stint with the Oilers, where he played a modest 26 games post-trade from the Anaheim Ducks, showcasing his ability by contributing 2 goals and 5 points. The details of his contract reveal a commitment for three years with the Rangers, valuing $1M annually, an increase from his last season's budget-friendly $850K contract.
Sam Carrick, at 32, is proving that perseverance pays off. Having spent a considerable portion of his career oscillating between the NHL and AHL, Carrick has finally secured a more stable position in the major league, a testament to his improved gameplay and persistence. The Oilers, on the other hand, appear constrained by their salary cap, likely influencing their decision not to match the Rangers' offer. The affordability of Carrick's previous contract juxtaposed with his new deal highlights a strategic move for both Carrick and the Rangers, as the latter continues to bolster their lineup with a reliable forward.
While the Oilers say goodbye to Carrick, they are not standing by idly during the free agency period. According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, Edmonton plans to retain players such as Corey Perry, Connor Brown, and Mattias Janmark. However, the rumor mill suggests potential exits and strategic trades involving higher-salary players like Evander Kane or Cody Ceci to free up cap space. With the Oilers poised on the cusp of a deeper playoff run, these movements are critical as they look to build a team capable of clinching the Stanley Cup.
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Despite the absence of an official GM, the Oilers are under the interim stewardship of Jeff Jackson, who faces the daunting task of navigating through the free agency to enhance the team's competitiveness. The focus remains on making strategic additions to complement star players like Leon Draisaitl. Speculation about acquiring a top-six forward such as Jake DeBrusk suggests the Oilers are serious about their offensive lineup, aiming to provide Draisaitl with the support needed to break through the playoff barrier.
As the Oilers adjust their roster and the Rangers welcome a seasoned player, the NHL free agency period is set to bring more surprises and strategic shifts. Sam Carrick's move is just the beginning of what promises to be an intriguing offseason.
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