Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: The Edmonton Oilers’ Own Situation

Jonathan Willis
May 25 2015 04:00PM

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This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble.

Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. However, I’ve had some requests for a more precise look at the Oilers’ own situation, so rather than look at a vulnerable opponent our attention today turns to the home front.

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May 25 2015 01:44PM

Edmonton Oilers fans are catching their collective breath after a stunning month of news that included a lottery win in a golden draft, plus the signing of quality GM and coach in quick order. The period between now and July 15 could be insane, with trades, the draft and free agency all ahead. The news is trickling now but will soon be a scream. What's next? Possibly some closure on a gifted Russian.

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Building a winner: Babcock and Hendricks

Jason Gregor
May 25 2015 11:51AM


We all have different theories or beliefs regarding what is necessary in building a winning team. Even when you build a strong, successful organization that doesn't mean you will win, or be close to winning every season.

When we evaluate success, I think we put way too much focus on winning a championship. Only one team wins, but that doesn't mean all the other 29 franchises were failures. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 consecutive seasons, but they've "only" won the Stanley Cup four times in that period.

Are they a failure? Far from it. They are the model franchise in the NHL and throughout their 24-year run to the post-season they've done so by incorporating the single most important aspect needed for winning.

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Monday Mailbag - May 25th

May 25 2015 08:29AM


As per tradition around these parts, it's time for another edition of the Mailbag.  It's time to find a chair, grab some coffee, learn a few things and waste as much company time as you possible can. As always, this segment depends on you, so if you have a question you can email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Without further delay - the Mailbag. Enjoy.

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May 24 2015 06:28PM

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This week the Oklahoma City Barons drew their last breath as a franchise and now pass into hockey's history with only our memories of five fascinating seasons and dozens of young hockey players trying to make their way to the NHL. Brand Hunt and Richard Bachman (in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) did their best but could not get past Utica in the team's final opportunity to win an AHL championship.

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