Edmonton Oilers sign Andrej Sekera to six-year, $33-million deal

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-07-01

Boy oh boy, do the Edmonton Oilers and new GM Peter Chiarelli mean business. In less than a week, we’ve seen the Oilers draft Connor McDavid and acquire defenseman Griffin Reinhart and goalie Cam Talbot. They jettisoned center Boyd Gordon for Lauri Korpikoski and inked pivot Mark Letestu. And now, Chiarelli’s latest big move: signing blueliner Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33-million contract. It’s big money, sure, paying Sekera $5.5 million per season, but the market dictated that cap hit. It’s no surprise to see Sekera earn that much. The message is clear, however: Chiarelli understood the Oilers’ bugaboo in recent seasons has been goaltending and defense, a.

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Oilers Sign Andrej Sekera

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-01

Andrej Sekera will help a young Oilers defensive squad. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) The Edmonton Oilers have signed one of the top defensive free agents, inking Andrej Sekera to a six-year, $33-million deal – according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The Oilers – who lacked the defensive coverage last season – were rumoured to be after a free agent defenceman heading into Wednesday’s free agent frenzy. Sekera is coming off an average year where he put up 23 points (3g-20a) in 73 regular season games to go along with his minus-three rating with the Hurricanes and Kings. While he’s never been a offensive star on the blue line during his career, he is a

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Free Agency 2015

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-01

All the goings on in the annual NHL silly season. THIS IS THE DAY, YOUR LIFE WILL SURELY CHANGE Well, hopefully things start to line up out here. Happy Canada Day, you guys. The Oilers made a couple of moves at the 2015 NHL Draft this past weekend, acquiring Griffin Reinhart from the Islanders and Eric Gryba from the Senators.  They'll need to do quite a bit more today in order to ice a competitive defence under new GM Peter Chiarelli . WE'RE READY FOR FREE AGENCY The Oilers are going to have to sign at least one, preferably two defencemen today.  With all the hoopla surrounding this past weekend's moves, the Oilers can't run the ship with only the parts acquired. THE OILERS'

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Free Agency: Oilers Sign Two - Andrej Sekera and Mark Letestu

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-01

The Oilers get started early with a couple of very reasonable signings. Early free agency news from the Oilers. Hearing #Oilers and Andrej Sekera is a 6 year deal at $5.5M per #TSN — Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) July 1, 2015 And that was followed by another move. Sounds like 3 year deal for Letestu — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 2015 1.8 per year for Letestu — Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) July 1, 2015 More to come ...

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Edmonton Oilers looking to move out a veteran, big dollar defenceman, Stauffer says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

This just in from Bob Stauffer of the Oilers on Twitter: “Fully expect the Oilers to get creative to off-load a vet D with$$$” “They’ve got to find out a way to move out another contract,” Stauffer added on Oilers Now. “At this time yesterday the only way I saw the Oilers getting Sekera is if they moved out a contract.” My take The Oilers defence of the present is likely Andrej Sekera and Marl Fayne on the top-pairing, with Oscar Klefbom and Justin Schultz on the second pairing and Darnell Nurse, Andrew Ference, Nikita Nikitin, Griffin Reinhart and Eric Gryba filling the other spots. That’s very crowded. The Oilers would likely most like to mo

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Edmonton Oilers get their man as all-purpose defenceman Andrej Sekera signs 6-year pact

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

Edmonton Oilers made a major step towards upgrading their defence corps on Wednesday, when it was confirmed that free agent defenceman Andrej Sekera had signed a long-term deal with the team. Terms of the pact are reported to be 6 years with an annual cap hit of $5.5 million dollars. That pact is identical to the one former Oiler Jeff Petry just signed in Montreal, and Sekera can be seen as a first-order replacement for Petry and his all-purpose game. Just turned 29, Sekera is an experienced NHLer with 486 games in the regular season but just 8 in the playoffs. Sekera is a mid-career player, having just turned 29 with 486 NHL games under his belt. He cost the Kings a first-round draft choice

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Oilers Sign Sekera and Letestu!

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-07-01

The Edmonton Oilers have started making moves already with two signings. Edmonton Oilers close to signing Mark Letestu to a 3 year deal. Edmonton also on verge of long term deal with Andrej Sekera #TSN — Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) July 1, 2015 I wrote about Sekera earlier today here and I’d heard murmurs of Letestu but I couldn’t be sure. I guess with the trading of Boyd Gordon a spot opened up for the right-handed Letestu. According to Hockey-Reference.com the native of Elk Point, AB’s career corsi% sits at 50.2 and his career PDO is 99.3. So that tells me he’s a solid two-way forward. Last season he won 52.9% of his face-offs, so that is a plus for the botto

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OILERS CLOSING IN ON SEKERA AND LETESTU

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-07-01

The Edmonton Oilers are about to reach into the free-agent pool and sign a fantastic option: Andrej Sekera. Edmonton Oilers close to signing Mark Letestu to a 3 year deal. Edmonton also on verge of long term deal with Andrej Sekera #TSN — Aaron Ward (@TSNAaronWard) July 1, 2015 TOP FREE-AGENT OPTIONS (DEFENSE) Fine numbers across the board and he’s a legit option for the top pairing (and may be paired with Mark Fayne). CHIARELLI’S LIST Draft McDavid (Done) Find a quality goalie option (Cam Talbot) Acquire a legit top pairing blue (Andrej Sekera) Sign a two-way F (Lauri Korpikoski) Ignore MacT re: Marincin (Or trade Marincin for real value) Eric Gryba Veteran two-way

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NHL free agent list, RFA compensation scale

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-01

Could this be the year where offer sheets rule the NHL’s free agency period? Early reports lean towards “no,” but with a class of restricted free agents that includes young talents like Alex Galchenyuk, Nazem Kadri, Brandon Saad, and Vladimir Tarasenko, prospective general managers could look to add valuable pieces via the offer sheet route. Highly unlikely we see an offer sheet today. Did an informal poll of execs/agents: 13 of 14 answered "no" when asked about possibility. — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 1, 2015 Of course, any successful attempt to snare a restricted free agent from a rival team is subject to compensation heading the other way. He

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Edmonton Oilers looking at Eric Fehr, Kyle Brodziak, Jarret Stoll and Mark Letestu, Stauffer says

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

This just in, news from Bob Stauffer of the Oilers: “Oilers will need right shot C to replace Gordon. Fehr, Brodziak and Stoll have all been mentioned. I have time for Mark Letestu.” My take Boyd Gordon brought heroic and championship defensive play to the Oilers, while his offensive game had 30th place team written all over it. In the end, he was expensive for a fourth line centre, and that’s what he was going to be on the Oilers with the emergence of Anton Lander on the squad. On the top two lines, the Oilers have a combination of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, with both Draisaitl and McDavid best of getting some sheltered minutes on the wing.

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Edmonton Oilers “believed to be one of the frontrunners for Andrej Sekera” — McKenzie

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-07-01

This from Bob McKenzie right off the top of TSN’s “Free Agent Frenzy” coverage: Keep an eye on the Edmonton Oilers. What a change. July 1 is normally not a big day that Edmonton would be a primary destination for any of the top free agents. But the inclusion of Bob Nicholson, Connor McDavid, Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan as coach changes the landscape significantly. The Oilers are targeting some of the top defencemen, and are believed to be one of the front runners for Andrej Sekera. Now Sekera’s an interesting case, he was with the Los Angeles Kings but the Kings have cap problems. It is believed that the Kings and Sharks among other teams have been told theyR

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2015 Free Agency Discussion Thread

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2015-07-01

Miss anything in today's free agent frenzy? Catch up right here. THIS IS THE DAY, YOUR LIFE WILL SURELY CHANGE Well, hopefully things start to line up out here. Happy Canada Day, you guys. The Oilers made a couple of moves at the 2015 NHL Draft this past weekend, acquiring Griffin Reinhart from the Islanders and Eric Gryba from the Senators.  They'll need to do quite a bit more today in order to ice a competitive defence under new GM Peter Chiarelli . WE'RE READY FOR FREE AGENCY The Oilers are going to have to sign at least one, preferably two defencemen today.  With all the hoopla surrounding this past weekend's moves, the Oilers can't run the ship with only the parts acq

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