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Speculation abounds as NHL insider predicts Draisaitl's next contract


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Sam Jones
May 29, 2024  (4:25 PM)
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Speculation abounds as NHL insider predicts Draisaitl's next contract
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Amid swirling rumors suggesting Leon Draisaitl might exit the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent next year, NHL insider Frank Seravalli has firmly dismissed such speculations.

According to Seravalli, Draisaitl's intention is clear; he wants to remain with the Oilers. This news was detailed in today's edition of OilersNation Everyday, where Seravalli highlighted the strong bond between Draisaitl and Connor McDavid as a pivotal factor for his decision to stay in Edmonton.
"Yeah I don't see it and I don't really understand the hysteria and buzz around it because I've always viewed these two players as a package deal. There's only one place that Draisaitl can play with the best player on planet Earth, and it's here in Edmonton. And by the way, they also happen to be best friends."
-Frank Seravalli

Draisaitl, known for his exceptional value to the team, currently holds what many consider the best value contract in the NHL, with an annual salary of only $8.5M. However, it is speculated that in his next contract, Draisaitl's earnings could surpass Auston Matthews' $13.25M, potentially making him the highest-paid player in the league. The Oilers are aware that securing Draisaitl's future with the team may require some significant cap restructuring.
In recent weeks, there had been connections made between Draisaitl and other teams such as the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. The Bruins are looking for a top-tier center for David Pastrnak, while the Sharks, with their German owner and young talents, pose an attractive option. Despite this, the prevailing sentiment, as voiced by Seravalli, is that Draisaitl's allegiance lies firmly with Edmonton, especially with his aim to win a Stanley Cup with the team.
"It's going to be hard to envision those two separating from each other. I think maybe the conversation is different if the Oilers had won a Stanley Cup, then Draisaitl could branch off and go on his own . . ."
-Frank Seravalli

As the playoff season unfolds, the discussions about Draisaitl's commitment to the Oilers will undoubtedly continue until a new contract is secured. Edmonton fans, however, have reasons to hope that this formidable player, who could end his career as one of the NHL's greatest, remains loyal to the city and the team.
This ongoing story about Draisaitl's potential moves and his current stand with the Oilers not only stirs up the NHL community but also reaffirms the dynamic and unpredictable nature of sports contracts. Whatever the future holds, Draisaitl's decisions will be crucial in shaping both his career and the fate of the Oilers.
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