TSN reports that the Oilers have signed everyone's favourite Proudfoot to a three-year entry-level deal today worth the maximum $875,000 per year with an annual signing bonus of $87,500.
This makes Gagner the first rookie in 14 years to make the Oilers in his draft year since Jason Arnott. I don't know if this is a testament to how well he's played or how shallow the forward ranks are in Edmonton this year — it's probably a little bit of both. But I think we can all agree that Gagner has earned his shot. MacT certainly seems high on the guy:
That's a big thumbs-up from a coach who's not prone to hyperbole. Gagner will be in the lineup opening night against the Sharks, playing on a line with Cogliano and Pouliot, says Matheson. He'll probably get his nine games and return to the OHL, but it'll be interesting to see what happens if we get to Game Eight and Samwise has six or seven points under his belt.
"I like the way Sam thinks the game mentally. I don't know if there was one time in the pre-season where I had to talk to Sam when he came off the ice about where he should be (defensively)," said Oiler coach Craig MacTavish.
"You can tell he's been well-coached by his dad. That's invaluable."
Black Dog and Scarlett have their takes up, and the latter also notes that Hockeybuzz has Patrick Thoresen listed on waivers. Too bad if that's true. I know this league is long on hard-working energy wingers with limited offensive potential, but I've got a shiny toonie that says he doesn't make it to the minors. Blue Jackets sure could use a guy like Thor.
UPDATE 6 p.m.: Tencer is reporting that the Oilers have released Anson Carter. No real surprise here.