Ryan Whitney will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Whitney will get a fresh start somewhere else as his final two seasons in Edmonton were not good ones. He had only four goals and 13 points this season after a 20 point season in 2011-12. At age 30, he still could turn things around in a new environment as he was a good scoring defenseman before his last two seasons.
With five goals over his final two games, Nail Yakupov has placed himself in the race for the Calder Trophy.
Yakupov finished his rookie campaign with 31 points, which tied him with Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau for the league lead in rookie scoring. While he may not be the favorite to win the award, we think he's likely to have to have the most productive career of any of this year's rookie class.
Devan Dubnyk completed his impressive season by earning a 7-2 win over the rival Canucks in which he made 28 saves.
Whether GM Craig McTavish decides to reinforce his crease this offseason or not, the fact is Dubnyk was the best Oiler on the ice fairly often this season and kept the team in games despite a colossal workload.
Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 38 shots for the Oilers in a remarkable 6-1 upset of the Wild in Minnesota Friday night, but his teammates were disappointed about the one goal Minnesota scored.
"I don't know if it's Khabby's last game here or of his career, but it would have been nice to get him a shutout," Edmonton forward Taylor Hall said. "He played a great game. It's always nice to see Khabby do well. He's worked so hard to rehab his hip after surgery. He's really been a rock for us and I hope he's proud of his effort, because we are." Khabibulin is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is uncertain about his future. Devan Dubnyk is scheduled to start in the season finale Saturday at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
Taylor Hall potted a goal and also registered two assists in the Oilers' 6-1 win over the Wild Friday night.
The number one overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft has taken a huge step forward in this 48-game shortened season as he has 16 goals and 48 points in 44 games. He deserves to be a high pick in next season's pools.
Nikolai Khabibulin allowed only one goal on 39 shots in the Oilers' 6-1 win over the Wild on Friday night.
Khabibulin has actually been decent when called upon in this 48-game shortened season. Devan Dubnyk is scheduled to start tomorrow against the Canucks, meaning this could be The Bulin Wall's last game with Edmonton. He's made it a good one, especially if you started the Russian netminder in your pool tonight.