Latest on the Oilers, Canadiens and Maple Leafs – August 22, 2012.

The Oilers are talking contract extension with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, Andrei Markov claims he was cheated by an insurance broker, and former Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger signs with the Maple Leafs farm team.


Oilers close to re-signing Eberle and Hall?

TSN.CA: The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly close to a contract extension with winger Taylor Hall and are in contract talks with forward Jordan Eberle. Both are entering the final year of their entry level contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t be surprising if both are re-signed before September 15th, the end date of the current CBA.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is seeking court action against an insurance broker he claims provided him false information regarding a policy he took out in 2007.

 SPORTSNET.CA: Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger has signed a contract with the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs farm team. Ranger has been on personal hiatus since 2009-10.


  1. Hall was signed earlier today to a 7 year deal worth $6 million a par. Team is supposedly saying that the Hall contract will serve as the benchmark for all the rest….ie, no one on the team will make more then Hall.

  2. There sure are a number of players either being advised by their agents or getting info from the NHLPA to sign now and not wait for the new contract agreement. Yesterday saw Scott Hartnell sign for what most people figure was less than he would have gotten on the free agent market. You add players such as Mike Fisher, Sergei Kotstitsyn, Kris Versteeg and Mike Green along with a couple dozen others and now Taylor Hall. I don’t mean to imply that they shouldn’t sign now but it looks like players are not so willing to spin the old free agent roulette wheel as they might have been in other years.
    As far as holding Taylor Hall up as the salary bench mark for the Oilers…I don’t see it that way. Depending on the new contract and how a couple of certain Oilers continue to develop I see Edmonton having to possibly pay more down the road, unless these young guys give up a bigger pay day for a home town discount and realize that they have the potential to become something akin to the Oilers of the Glory Years.