Despite their decision to hold onto him at the trade deadline, the Oilers have yet to engage in any discussions regarding a contract extension for winger Alex Chiasson, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The 28-year-old is in the midst of a career season with 20 goals and 13 assists in 64 games and has provided Edmonton with some much-needed secondary scoring. While it’s certainly possible that the team is waiting until a new GM is hired before commencing negotiations, interim GM Keith Gretzky has the green light to make personnel decisions like this. While a 20-goal scorer could typically stand to land a nice deal on the open market, the fact that Chiasson has bounced around as of late will lower his value somewhat and may make him more open to signing a reasonable extension if the team decides to open up discussions.
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- Despite his recent struggles, Mikko Koskinen is expected to remain the starter moving forward, per a TSN report. While that in itself isn’t entirely noteworthy, it will, however, make it difficult for the Oilers to retain Anthony Stolarz’s rights as a restricted free agent. He needed to play at least 30 minutes in 10 games following his acquisition from Philadelphia to avoid unrestricted free agency. Tuesday’s relief appearance was only his third and with only nine games left, it will be difficult for the team to get Stolarz seven more games with that much playing time if they intend to keep Koskinen as the starter.
- Postmedia’s Jim Matheson believes that Edmonton will likely take a run at signing winger Daniel Carr this summer. The Alberta native signed with Vegas last summer in the hopes of finding a more permanent NHL role but has played only six games with the big club. Instead, he leads the AHL in scoring with 71 points in 52 games and with the Oilers in need of cheap offensive-minded wingers, it appears that Carr could be a natural fit.