Edmonton Oilers reportedly agree to a deal with RFA defenceman

Published August 3, 2023 at 1:16 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have two restricted free agents on their roster and according to Kurt Leavins, the team is reportedly close to a deal with both of them, but most importantly Evan Bouchard, who's currently set to have an arbitration hearing on Friday, August 4th.

"I wrote last week in this space that the Oilers were close to deals with RFA's Evan Bouchard and Ryan McLeod (the latter's arbitration case is scheduled to be heard August 4th). I stand by that, as I continue to hear that 'both will get done.' But I do think the goalposts may have moved slightly in terms of what it may take." Leavins said.

Bouchard, 23, had another strong season on the Oilers' blueline, recording his second consecutive 40+ point season. Although there was plenty of speculation that Bouchard could have been a target of an offer sheet this summer, it appears that ship has sailed and that the Oilers are in the clear.

The Oakville, Ontario native's health has been huge for the Oilers as he's only missed one game in the last two seasons. In 82 games this past season, Bouchard tallied 40 points (eight goals, 32 assists), 28 penalty minutes and was a plus-six. He followed that up with a fantastic Stanley Cup Playoff run, putting up 17 points in 12 games.

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Today it appears that deal is done and will come in just shy of $4,000,000 per season.

Hearing Bouchard at 2 x 3.9M


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Edmonton Oilers reportedly agree to a deal with RFA defenceman

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