Morning Free Association: One Down, One More to Go

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Peter Chiarelli finally did it- he signed RFA center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year deal at an annual average value of $8.5 million against the cap.

Draisaitl deal

Reports were that Draisaitl’s camp was looking for a $9 million dollar per year deal and they managed to get close to that. While Edmonton can afford that this season, next season they’ll be in a real bind.

See, Chia has been in his typical form since the Oilers hired him as GM three seasons ago, handing out big bucks and long term to players that don’t necessarily deserve it (Milan Lucic) as well as NMC and NTCs like they’re candy (Kris Russell). Like I said, it’s all fine and good this season; he has a fully signed roster right now with $8.328 million under the cap. Next season though Chiarelli will have to sign 11 roster spots (currently 7 RFAs and 4 UFAs) with $60.8 million tied up. If the cap stays static at $75 million, that leaves under $14.2 million to do just that. (Thanks to CapFriendly for the numbers and screenshots.)

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Everyone always wants more money, not less, so we’ll see how this works out for Chia. I guess they better win now before he has to dismantle the team.

So, now that Draisaitl has signed and that rumoured roadblock to signing David Pastrnak is gone, will our long Bruins National Nightmare soon be over? Hopefully.

Charlie Jacobs spoke with Dale & Holley on WEEI Wednesday to give an update on contract talks.

“There’s no intention to trade David,” Jacobs said. “Our intent is to sign him to a long-term extension. … We certainly haven’t had any discussions with any other teams about trading David. The only discussions we’ve had are between David and David’s agent, and frankly conveying what I just shared with you — our intention is to sign him to a long-term deal. When I say long-term, six or more years. That’s sort of on our radar.”

While this is reassuring, we all knew the trade rumours were crap especially when GM Don Sweeney sent off these three words to the Boston Globe:

“Not trading Pastrnak.”

It’s only a matter of time. He will be signed, it will be long term. Go ahead and say it.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Working on my truck for the rest of the day!!!!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Firstly,
i am so tired of Boston writers for hockey stating that the Chia signing now will make Pasta more expensive. Its a load of shit and and the writers that say it can kindly fuck off with their narrative. NO GM IS GOING TO SAY “WELL THAT GM DID IT SO THATS FAIR”…..this isnt a free agent bid war….if someone is offer sheeting him then thats a different story but this is not a situation of “this GM is offering me this much, what is your counter?” this is….”hey i wanna get signed and this is what i want, what are you willing to come to agreement with?”

Stop hyping BS, you arent helping. You should have your writing credentials taken away.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Secondly,
Hockey come back.

Satan 81's Sister
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Thirdly,
Make me a fucking knight.

Satan81
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Fourthly,
Sign Pasta.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

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And this was on nhl.com. Charlie says the Bs want a long-term deal, JP Barry says Pasta wants a long-term deal & that he thinks a deal will be hammered out within a month. Pasta says he’s leaving everything up to his agent & just focusing on getting ready for next season.

So what’s the holdup? Do agents get paid on commission according to the size of the player’s contract? GET IT DONE ALREADY!

carvinbass18
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Notarized. Signed Pasta

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Sign Pasta, already!
Just try not to Chia the shit out of his contract.
Spent the day in the Great White North yesterday. I took apart a lot of what someone called plumbing. It looked like a bowl of spaghetti to me.
Today I’m trying not to lose my mind as my paycheck bounced!
BOURBON and coffee.

The London Bear
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my paycheck bounced!

That really is ridiculous. Maybe you should go into plumbing – lots of money in that!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

have you thought about reporting the bastard yet?

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. I always think Lucic is older than he actually is.

The London Bear
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Go ahead and say it.

Say what? SIGN PASTA?! Well okay then – SIGN PASTA!

So, the Oilers are basically gambling the farm that they win the Cup this year? They are second favourites with European bookies (behind the Pens).

Then again, The Blackhawks have done pretty good despite giving most of their cap to three players. Who knows?

I’m listening to Pet Sounds, which criminally I have never listened to before. I read recently that during the recording of Sgt Pepper, Paul McCartney would play Pet Sounds in the studio every day to show the other Beatles what they were aiming for. High praise.

Satan81
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I keep looking at the Oil’s defense and goaltending and not feeling bullish about their chances. They’ll be fun for sure, though.

Another team that’s done well despite giving most of their cap to three players? The Penguins.

I have also not listened to Pet Sounds. I guess I should?

The London Bear
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Another team that’s done well despite giving most of their cap to three players? The Penguins.

Good point. So that’s what(?) six Cups in nine years between them? Maybe that’s the way forward. Give Pasta ALL the money!

You probably already know most of the songs on Pet Sounds – if you like them you’ll probably like the rest!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Sign Pasta.
$6.5M x 6.5 yrs.
Make it happen.

Satan 81's Sister
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Ah, now I know why the haven’t signed Pasta yet. No one is budging on that 1/2 year.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ugh…not another lockout year

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Hey, I made no indication of *which* season was the half-year…

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