The Edmonton Oilers are back in the playoffs after a summer of big changes for the organization. 

Those changes will likely continue regardless of the Oilers playoff run results as general manager Ken Holland continues to mold the team to his liking. 

One of his big moves last year was flipping Milan Lucic for James Neal, while Neal showed a bit of life at the start of the season he unfortunately disappeared as the season went on. 

Neal was still able to register 19 goals before the season was paused but found himself on the fourth line beside Jujhar Khaira and Alex Chiasson. 

The Oilers only have $10million in salary cap space for next season at the moment with 16 players signed and that's why Allan Mitchell of The Athletic believes a Neal buyout is likely. 

The buyout could hurt the Oilers in the long run with a $1.9million cap hit for the next six years, however they really need the $3.8million it would free up next year. 

At 32 years old, Neal could probably help a team on a bargain contract as he's constantly put up a minimum of 20 goals over the last couple of years. 


Source: Allan Mitchell The Athletic