NHL insider Frank Seravalli opines teams should nab $5,325,000 Edmonton Oilers D-man via offer sheet

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NHL insider Frank Seravalli urges offer sheet for Edmonton Oilers' Philip Broberg (image via imagn)

The Edmonton Oilers have had success with Philip Broberg. He earned roster spots late in the season but Broberg shined in the playoffs despite less time on ice. He debuted in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Broberg played in 10 playoff games. His ice time in the Stanley Cup Final was between 14:37 and 18:24. Broberg's performance and potential make him a valuable offer sheet target for other teams. NHL insider Frank Seravalli suggests teams try to sign him away. He proposed a six-year offer sheet at $4.5 million per year.

"If I were another team, I'd be trying to offer sheet Philip Broberg. I'd give him six years times four and a half million bucks. You get a young defenseman who already let you know that he was unhappy with his opportunity, should have probably made the case in the playoffs," Seravalli said (via Daily Faceoff).

Seravalli argued the Oilers would struggle to match such an offer:

"That he should have been playing all year with the way that he played. Now is an important part of your team moving forward, and they don't have the ability to keep him if they get an offer sheet, there's just. There's really no chance to even match that. The surgery you'd have to do to do to make that happen."

Broberg's current contract with the Edmonton Oilers is for three years, $5,325,000. He signed it on July 4, 2019. Offer sheets are rare in the NHL. Only 10 offer sheets have been made since 2006.

Only two of those offer sheets were unmatched. The Oilers acquired Dustin Penner via an offer sheet in 2007. They gave up three draft picks for him. Recently, Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed a $6.1 million offer sheet with the Hurricanes. The Canadiens did not match that offer. They received first and third-round picks in return.

Edmonton Oilers NHL free agency signings

NHL insider Scott Maxwell listed three Edmonton Oilers with the best contracts signed in free agency: Jeff Skinner, Viktor Arvidsson, and Mattias Janmark. Maxwell praised these contracts for their potential to strengthen the team.

"Skinner joins an Edmonton Oilers team that is almost identical to the squad that made the run to the Final, and the few changes can certainly be looked at as upgrades, It seems incredibly likely that they will end his playoff drought, and he might even get a chance at a Cup as well."

Skinner, recently bought out by the Buffalo Sabres, signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Edmonton Oilers. He has a lot to prove on this contract as Skinner has never played in the playoffs but has scored 30 goals six times in his career.

Viktor Arvidsson signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. He had a down season due to injury but scored 59 points in 2022-23. Mattias Janmark re-signed for three years at $4.35 million. His contract carries a $1.45 million cap hit, a beneficial deal for both sides.

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Edited by Chaitanya Prakash
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