Rumor: Contract talks between the Oilers and Nugent Hopkins have become ugly

Published May 29, 2021 at 4:45 PM
BY T. TADI
     
"I gotta tell you, that one has been tough," said Friedman during a recent segment with Boomer in the Morning. "They were really close before the season started and it fell apart at the last second. I don't know what's gonna happen there. Whatever was on the table then I am not convinced is on the table now and we're gonna have to see. That is a negotiation that went sideways and they've tried again a couple of times and I really don't know how to handicap that one, I really don't."

Although Friedman did not go into great detail as to why he thinks there has been a split between Nugent Hopkins and the Oilers, he did hint at the fact that something occurred that resulted in the negotiations getting uglier than anyone would have liked. Friedman specifically used the word "mangled" when describing what went down.

"Something happened here," added Friedman. "I believe it was always the plan that Nugent Hopkins was gonna stay and they wanted to keep him. Anyone who is familiar with the situation will tell you that they thought it was going to happen and it just got mangled, and now I don't know."

"Something happened here," added Friedman. "I believe it was always the plan that Nugent Hopkins was gonna stay and they wanted to keep him. Anyone who is familiar with the situation will tell you that they thought it was going to happen and it just got mangled, and now I don't know."


For Oilers fans who are concerned about seeing another first round pick potentially leave the organization, there is perhaps a silver lining here. Given the cap issues teams will be facing under the flat cap moving forward, Friedman believes this is far from being a doomsday scenario for the organization.

"I do think they see value inside Nugent Hopkins in the organization, I do think they were trying to sign him, but if he walks I think just saying 'Ok we'll take the $6 million in cap room and do something with it' I don't think that's the end of the world. Now you gotta do something with it that is useful, but I don't look at it that way anymore. I think cap space is a weapon, especially where we're going, and sometimes you may have to do that as a strategy."

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