Where there’s smoke…

With a spate of signings of high-end defencemen around the National Hockey League in the last short while, speculation has been on the rise that the Edmonton Oilers have been negotiating a big-ticket extension with their own #1 rearguard, Darnell Nurse.

Nurse has one year remaining on his current contract at $5.6 million, meaning an extension won’t kick in until 2022-23. Once it does, if Friedman’s report proves accurate the Oilers will be committed to north of $30 million per annum on their “inner core” of Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Nurse.