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Report: Oilers talk extension with Nugent-Hopkins

Sep 16, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins‘ agent Rick Valette is kicking off contract extension talks with Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and assistant Scott Howson, TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports.

To little surprise, there’s no word regarding what kind of term or salary is being discussed (it’s early, after all).

The 20-year-old forward is entering the final season of his entry-level contract. It’s believed that he won’t be able to play in the team’s season opener and may need to rehab into November.

Whenever the top pick of the 2011 NHL Draft is healthy, he’d have much to gain in proving that he can handle an 82-game workload, as the jury’s still out on whether his frame can handle the wear and tear. Nugent-Hopkins missed 20 games in 2011-12 and was limited to 40 contests in 2013.

Picking comparable contracts could be the trickiest part.

Valette would likely trot out RNH’s teammates Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, two young standouts who are carrying $6 million cap hits. The Oilers would probably counter with Sam Gagner and David Perron‘s contracts, if not Nazem Kadri‘s bridge deals.

Regardless, the Oilers are wise to try to get something done soon while continuing to lock up the young core that still has fans excited about Edmonton’s future.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    And this is the point where the Oilers get themselves in salary cap trouble. The Nooog has not earned $6 million a year (Taylor Hall was also debateable) if the give him that contract it’s based purely on the fact he was the first overall pick and hoping he can one day live up to that potential. But you give him that contract and all of a sudden Yakupov and Schultz are looking for the same thing, next thing you know you’ve got 5 players costing $30 million against your cap.

    Realistically they should make the Nooog play out this year and prove he can 1. Stay healthy and 2. Produce at a level that deserves a $6 million a year contract. If he doesn’t he’ll still be a restricted free agent and you can lock him up for a shorter term contract for less money.

    • macjacmccoy - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:47 AM

      My thoughts exactly.

    • billyboyhk - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Please learn how to write in English.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        What a witty and well thought out retort…

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