The Edmonton Oilers are in a really bad position.

Their defense is considered one of the worst around the league and they still haven't been able to make a deal with one of their best blueliners. 

Restricted free agent Darnell Nurse has yet to reach an agreement with the Oilers and according to multiple reports, Nurse won't show up to training camp without a deal. 

The Oilers are in a tough position as they'd definitely like to keep the 23 year old, however the team currently only has $3.9million in salary cap space. That's why the Oilers are reportedly only offering somewhere between $2.8million and $3.2million per season, while Nurse is definitely looking for more than that. 

“This is an organization I want to be a part of obviously,” Nurse told Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. “Hopefully I’m out there first day (camp physicals)”

“I’m not the only guy (restricted free-agent) in this position. There’s (Shea) Theodore and (Josh) Morrissey still waiting too.”

Clearly something has to give, either the Oilers trade nurse or they trade one of their bigger salaries to make some room to sign their 2013 first round pick long term. 



Source: Edmonton Journal
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