Monday Musings: Blaming Ben

Jason Gregor
July 06 2015 02:45PM

It seems Ben Scrivens is the new whipping boy amongst the crowd who needs to find someone to blame for the woes of the Oilers. This is not a new phenomenon. Over the past years and decades one or two individuals become the focal point of the anger and feel the brunt of the criticism.

In the eyes of some Scrivens is the player who can't be relied on and needs a one-way ticket out of town, but I think that anger might, once again, be a tad misguided.

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Justin Schultz and the Edmonton Oilers’ second buyout window

Jonathan Willis
July 06 2015 11:43AM


It’s been clear for a while now that the Edmonton Oilers have too many poor defencemen signed to NHL contracts, but what hasn’t been clear is how the team planned to thin the herd. On Monday we seemed to get an answer.

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Nurse Ready To Push For Spot

Matt Henderson
July 06 2015 10:30AM

When Peter Chiarelli added Griffin Reinhart there was a sense that he was destined for a job with the big club this fall. There is an overabundance of defensemen that the team needed to deal with right now, but Reinhart’s biggest competition might not be from incumbents Ference and Nikitin. It might be from fellow hopeful Darnell Nurse.

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Monday Mailbag - July 6th

July 06 2015 09:00AM


Oh hey there, friendly mailbag readers. It's once again your cue to stop doing anything work related and learn something from your pals at the Nation (most likely me*). I need questions, and those come from you guys, so email me your question to or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk and I'll get it into the rotation as soon as I can. With that, I present another edition of the Mailbag. Enjoy.

*definitely not me.

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July 05 2015 02:00PM


One of the pieces of news we received during the free-agent spree on July 1 was the knowledge that Edmonton was interested in another goaltender. It would be easy to assume that Cam Talbot—Ben Scrivens is the tandem for next season, and it may well be at the end of the day. The shopping news suggests we keep an eye out for change.

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