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Is Leon Draisaitl leaving Edmonton? Oilers' cap space tightens as star seeks a massive contract extension.

The Edmonton Oilers are Stanley Cup contenders, but a shadow of uncertainty looms over the franchise – superstar Leon Draisaitl’s pending contract situation. Draisaitl is eligible for a contract extension on July 1, and the NHL world is abuzz with the question: will he remain an Oiler?

NHL insider Darren Dreger fueled the fire on TSN radio, stating, “Can the Oilers afford to pay him? Yes… I think the chances of him signing in Edmonton…are leaning towards slim.”

Draisaitl’s Future Uncertain: Could Oilers Afford a Mega Contract?

Draisaitl is likely seeking a deal worth $13-$14 million annually. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 when a new contract kicks in) and the Oilers’ salary cap constraints, it begs the question – is Edmonton willing to commit such a significant chunk of their cap space to an aging star?

This summer promises to be a rollercoaster for Oilers fans, with contract negotiations between the team and Draisaitl likely to dominate headlines. Will the Oilers break the bank to keep their dynamic German forward, or could we see a blockbuster trade shake up the NHL landscape this offseason?

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