Mezitro Woodcroft wants to return as coach, Kane returns next season

“I think he did a great job,” Holland said. “The team responded to him and I told him we’d meet early next week or Monday or Tuesday and discuss. Yes, I’m interested in him coming back. I want to hear what he thinks. But I think he did. It was a great job and a huge part of what we accomplished.”

After going 7-13-3 from December 3 to February 9 to get six points from a Stanley Cup playoff, the Oilers fired coach Dave Tibbett and promoted to Bakersfield’s Woodcroft of the American Hockey League.

From there, Edmonton had a 26-9-3, had the third-best percentage (.724) in that period (Florida Panthers, .757; Calgary Flames, .731) and finished second in the Pacific Division.

The Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings in seven games in the first round of the Western Conference and eliminated the flames in five games in the second round before thrashing out the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference final, which ended Monday when the Oilers lost 6-5. In extra time in game 4.

If Woodcroft returns, the Oilers will likely look different. Holland said he doesn’t think he can keep the current squad together, given the NHL’s salary cap concerns.

One of the biggest decisions that await Edmonton is what kind of show you have to give Evander King, who can become an unrestricted free customer on July 13. Kane signed with the Oilers on January 28 after his contract was terminated by San Jose Sharks. He had 39 points (22 goals, 17 assists) in 43 regular season games and scored 13 goals in the Postseason, which leads the National Hockey League.

“Am I interested in bringing him back? Yes,” Holland said. “I think he has had a huge impact on our team, not just his ability to score goals, but he plays with advantage. There was a great chemistry between him and Connor. [McDavid]. When he joined our team, he worked to deepen our team. Can I keep it? yes. It has a ceiling of $2 million. I don’t expect him to play for him [a] $2 million cap next year’s figure. I don’t know what this is. I should sit down and talk to his agent, Dan Milstein.”

Kane said on Tuesday that though Not sure if he will come back For Oilers, he has “nothing but good things to say” about his time in Edmonton.

Another area of ​​the oiler is target treatment.

Mike SmithThe 40-year-old, who has started all 16 of Edmonton’s post-season games (8-6, 3.37 goals-to-average, 0.913 saves), is 40 and said on Tuesday he wasn’t sure of his future. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract ($2.2 million average annual value).

Once back from a variety of injuries that were limited to five games in the first half of the season, Smith (16-9-2, 2.81 GAA, .915 saved percentage in 28 games, including 27 starts). Mikko Koskinen (27-12-4, 3.10 GAA, .903 saves in 45 games, including 43 starts).

Koskinen can become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

Mike Smith and [Koskinen]”They’ve worked with us all year,” Holland said. But sure, Smith, he’s 40 years old. He gave us everything he could and I had to meet with him to find out what he was feeling in his tank. …He knows his body, and we have to gather some information, but I know for sure that I have to make some decisions between now and when the camp is.”

Holland said he doesn’t think the Oilers have a bona fide No. 1 goalkeeper.

“We have two 1A, 1A and 1B,” he said. “How would I describe 1A and 1B? Players who can play 40-45 games. A number one goalkeeper for me can play 55-60. What’s in the league, 10 or 12 of those? I know if any are available. No I work on the phone.

“I want a goalkeeper number 1, a stud who can play [a big number of games]? yes. I think 32 teams want that. [But] I will try to figure out a way to make our team the best we can get to in September.”

The Oilers don’t expect that they will have any players who underwent off-season surgeries to recover from, although there are many players playing with injuries during the post-season.

straight ahead Leon Drystel He suffered a sprained ankle in the series against the Kings and finished the playoffs with 32 points (seven goals, 25 assists) in 16 games. defenseman nurse darnell, who had six points (two goals, four assists) in 15 playoff games, tore a thigh muscle on April 22, missed the last four games of the regular season and played the entire playoff with the injury. straight ahead Ryan Nugent Hopkins, who had 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 16 games, playing with a shoulder injury. straight ahead Killer Yamamotowho had seven points (two goals, five assists) in 14 games, missed the last two games of the qualifiers after suffering a concussion and a striker. Jesse Poliogarviwho had three points (two goals, one assist) in 16 games, had a shoulder injury that would have kept him out of the remaining playoffs (4-6 weeks).

After so much progress this season, the Oilers’ future will require some good decisions and internal improvements in order to continue those strides forward.

“I said this yesterday in the room, if you’re 24 or younger, we need you to take a bigger piece of the pie, and whether you’re on the team or you’re in the MLS, we need you to push this off season,” Holland said.

He also said it’s dangerous to assume the Oilers will reach the conference final regularly because they have done so this season.

“We have to make some adjustments, we have to make some changes, but we have to stick to them,” he said. “Margin of error, margin [thin]. [Colorado is] The best team in the West. It’s been good for two to three years now. They were built to be good. I don’t think we are a million miles away. I think we’re in the game… [but] That’s all from history. We can go back and we can miss the qualifiers next year, because there are teams that missed the qualifiers that want to participate.

“The margin of difference between many teams is not as great as people think, whether you think we are better than most teams or whether you think we are worse than those teams. I am just here to tell you that there are a lot of in the teams, the margin of error is very poor, between Lots of difference.”

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