According to Postmedia’s Jim Matheson, the Edmonton Oilers are interested in re-signing both center Riley Sheahan and forward Tyler Ennis to contract extensions.
Neither were stars for the Oilers, but both were key additions that more than pulled their weight.
Riley Sheahan’s Deal
In Sheahan’s case, he was an addition this season by the Oilers in free agency. He spent time with the Detroit Red Wings where Oilers GM Ken Holland knew him well and after a slower start to the season, was a bright spot on the Oilers depth chart. He’s been a fine defensive player, chipped in on offense and killed penalties for a team that has one of the league’s best special teams units in that area.
While it shouldn’t cost a fortune to keep him, speculation is that the team might have to pay a shad more than the $900K he’s currently being paid.
Sheahan was pegged as a fourth-line player but spent a fair bit of time on the third line this season. Around the NHL, third-line centers typically go for around $3 million. It shouldn’t cost anywhere near there to retain Sheahan.
Oilers Want Tyler Ennis Back Too
Matheson also suggests that there’s interest in re-signing Tyler Ennis, who may be seeking a fair bit more than his $800K salary. Unlike Sheahan, he may get a healthy bump in pay as a number of teams might have shown interest in him during free agency.
But, what will that look like? If much more than $1 million, the Oilers will probably walk away.
Matheson writes about both players:
Don’t count out the Oilers trying to re-sign unrestricted free agent Tyler Ennis because they like his ability to move up and down the lineup, but it would likely be for more than the $915,000 Haas got. Ennis has made close to $30 million in his NHL career, but maybe the 30-year-old will take $1 million to play in his hometown … Holland wants UFA Riley Sheahan back but probably only if he’s paying him as a fourth-line centre, not a third, even if Sheahan held that titular role last season along with the first penalty-kill centre. Third-line centres make $3 million.
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