NHL Rumors: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on Depth, Duncan Keith, Mike Smith, and Phil Kessel

TSN: Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland on TSN 1260 radio stated that they more than happy with their offseason however that there are still some gamers readily available that they are taking a look at.

** NHLRumors.com transcription

“We’re constructing. We’re growing. We feel excellent about the offseason, however, I’ve been around the National Hockey League a very long time and it’s such a great line league that if you’re a bit off, you’re method off.

So, that’s why I’m going to type of check out to see if there’s a bit more depth out there however I believe we feel respectable about what we had the ability to carry out in the offseason.”

The host inquires about generating depth gamers. Are they men in their 30s or one’s in their mid to late twenties?

“Probably more of mid to late twenties. I definitely believe Duncan Keith, and it appears like Mike Smith won’t be having fun with the injuries he’s got. Those were to huge men in the locker space. Smitty was singing and he’s a goaltender. He’s six-foot-four. He’s a huge male. He had a huge existence in the locker space. Duncan Keith had a huge existence with his resume. All the success he’s had in the league. So, we’re losing a lot in those 2 men. We’re going to lose a great deal of genuine seasoned management however I’d like to believe that our group is much better prepared after investing it with those 2 gamers being on our group. Duncan for a year and Smitty for 3 years. They passed off that management and experience which swagger.

And I believe that going on a playoff run this year, our men feel excellent about themselves however you begin in October and you gotta show all of it over once again. That’s the charm of the National Hockey League. You gotta do it all over once again. You got to play your method into the leading half of the league and attempt to show yourself all over once again.

So definitely we’ve lost some genuine veteran management however I do believe that everyone because locker is a year older and had some genuine excellent experience in regards to handling the hardship of the middle of the season, and digging and grinding. Winning the huge Game 6 in LA when we were down 3 video games to 2. A huge fight of Alberta and discovered a method to come out on top.

So, preferably, most likely someone in their late 20s, early 30s. I don’t understand if there are gamers like Mike Smith and Duncan Keith out there. They were unique gamers. Special individuals. Special human. But I believe their existence on the group will be felt moving forward due to the fact that of the youths, Evan Bouchard would have discovered a lot playing with Duncan Keith as a partner.

So, we’ll see. I’m checking out. Not precisely sure however most likely someone more youthful than older.”

Holland when asked unlimited totally free representative Phil Kessel.

“With regards to Phil Kessel. I mean obviously anybody that is, most everybody that is on the market, I’m aware of and talked to their agents. So we’ll see. I’m not going to say yes. I’m not going to say no. I think that depends on if we do anything to our lineup between now and opening of camp.”


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