OIL­ERS

ED­MON­TON

The Hockey News - - NHL -

Af­ter DAR­NELL NURSE led Ed­mon­ton de­fense­men in scor­ing (27 points) and ranked a close sec­ond to Os­car Klef­bom in av­er­age ice time (22:15), the case could be made the Oil­ers should lock him up to a max­i­mum-term deal with a de­cent pay day, cer­tainly well north of $4 mil­lion. But Ed­mon­ton al­ready has four blue­lin­ers on the books the next three-plus sea­sons making $4 mil­lion or more. And the Oil­ers badly need a point-pro­duc­ing rear­guard who can add siz­zle to the power play. So where does that leave 23-year-old RFA Nurse? Prob­a­bly stuck on a one- or two-year bridge deal un­til the Oil­ers can shed some ex­cess weight.

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