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Oilers Face Contract Standoff w/ Klim Kostin as Free Agency Looms

Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland grapples with contract negotiations for forward Klim Kostin, with time running out before NHL free agency.

Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland faces a crucial decision regarding forward Klim Kostin. While it is believed Kostin has expressed a desire to stay in Edmonton, contract negotiations are at an impasse. Holland acknowledges the urgency to get something done, stating he needs to make a decision in the next few days, ahead of NHL free agency on July 1.

The situation appears challenging, as the two sides remain far apart in their negotiations. Kostin has become a beloved player among Oilers fans, especially for his performance as a replacement and then in tandem with Evander Kane among Edmonton’s tough, but skilled forwards. However, the Oilers’ limited cap space adds to the difficulty of reaching a favorable contract agreement.

Klim Kostin Edmonton Oilers
Klim Kostin Edmonton Oilers

In the previous season, Kostin recorded 10 goals, 7 assists, and a +11 rating in 40 games, showcasing his physicality and willingness to defend his teammates. With arbitration rights, Kostin also has the option to return to Russia or play in Europe, adding further uncertainty to the situation.

Holland has had multiple discussions with Kostin’s agent, Paul Theofanous, acknowledging the player’s potential alternatives outside the NHL. Making tough decisions due to salary cap constraints, Holland must prioritize which players to retain. Edmonton is rumored to be in on Connor Brown, which complicates things. His priority is to sign inexpensive fowards at a value rate, and Kostin would qualify as Holland appreciates the big man’s contributions and sees value in his scoring ability, physicality, and fighting skills.

The next few days will be crucial in determining the future of Klim Kostin with the Edmonton Oilers, as both sides aim to find common ground amidst complex contract negotiations and roster considerations.

On a positive note, Holland confirms that Ryan McLeod has been qualified by the Oilers, indicating their intention to retain the promising player.

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