Decisions on Defence: Gryba and Davidson

Jason Gregor
February 05 2016 03:01PM

No two NHL teams are the same, and no two situations are equal. Peter Chiarelli became GM of the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2006 and up until they won the Stanley Cup in June of 2011, he rebuilt his entire defence.

It started by signing unrestricted defender Zdeno Chara on July 1st, 2006. The Bruins didn't have instant success despite the Chara addition. They missed the playoffs in 2007, finishing 23rd overall with 76 points, but Chiarelli kept changing his blueline and four years later they won the Cup.

Andrej Sekera is not Chara, but he was the first major addition to Chiarelli's blueline in Edmonton, and Chiarelli has some interesting decisions ahead of him regarding the team's backend.

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Robin Brownlee
February 05 2016 07:00AM


If you were to name the best Edmonton Oilers of all time who didn’t crack six feet on a tape measure, Mike York would more than likely find a spot in the top-10 of most fans. I can’t come up with a whole lot of little guys who were more effective than York was at getting things done as a member of the Oilers, despite being physically overmatched.

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The Roundup

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February 05 2016 05:30AM

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Roberto Luongo fuels Stamkos to Leafs, Canucks looking to sell, Jets have a Byfuglien conundrum, Wideman suspended 20 games, Flames roster impact now and at trade deadline, Connor McDavid is back if you didn't hear, All-star weekend madness, trade deadline wish lists and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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GDB 52.0 Wrap Up: Oilers @ Senators

Jason Gregor
February 04 2016 09:19PM

Baggedmilk and many Nation readers departed today on the first annual Nation ski trip, and the undisputed leader of the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fan club asked me to fill in. I doubt I can match his antics, but here goes.

I'm sure BM and all the skiers will be in fine form tomorrow when they hit the slopes after celebrating the Oilers best road performance of the season. Edmonton crushed the Senators.

Final Score: Oilers win 7-2

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GDB 52.0: Going on the offensive

Jason Gregor
February 04 2016 12:21PM


Connor McDavid and the Oilers faced the best possible opponent in their first game out of their ten-day break, defeating the defensively-challenged Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1. Tonight they face the Ottawa Senators, who have the second highest goals against average, 3.08, in the NHL.

The Oilers aren't a defensive juggernaut by any means, sitting 26th in GAA at 2.92, but Cam Talbot has been spectacular in 16 starts since December 14th, compiling a .936 save percentage and 2.01 GAA.

McDavid could not have asked for a more favourable schedule after a three-month hiatus.

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