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Oilers will go into cap hell this summer after losing two players


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Sam Jones
May 25, 2024  (8:52)
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The Edmonton Oilers are approaching a transformative offseason, grappling with imminent changes to their lineup and management structure.

As the contracts of bottom six players Warren Foegele and Adam Henrique are set to expire, their projected salary demands, potentially exceeding $4 million annually, seem unsustainable within the current budget constraints. This financial predicament is underscored by the pivotal decisions surrounding the future of general manager Ken Holland, whose retirement rumors have intensified following the playoffs.
Foegele and Henrique's departures would create significant vacancies in the Oilers' lineup, particularly affecting the team's depth. The potential exits not only spotlight their roles but also cast uncertainty on the defense, notably concerning Evan Bouchard and the futures of superstars Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, whose contracts are drawing to a close in the upcoming seasons.
The strategic choices facing the Oilers are compounded by the cap space dilemma. With only $9.3 million available and 14 players under contract for the forthcoming season, the term "cap hell" aptly describes their predicament. This financial strain necessitates a thorough evaluation of all roster aspects, including depth enhancement and goaltending solutions, particularly the role of backup to Jack Campbell.
As the Oilers chart their course through these turbulent waters, the overarching question remains: Who will steer the ship if Holland departs? The direction chosen by the new (or continuing) management will significantly influence the team's strategy, potentially reshaping the Oilers' roster as they aim to remain competitive in the fiercely contested NHL landscape.
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