Depth Through the Third Line

Matt Henderson
August 16 2016 07:00AM

Every once in a while it’s important to reset, to go back to the beginning and see how far we’ve come. Peter Chiarelli has been hard at work changing the Oilers to fit his image of an NHL club. I haven’t been on board with a number of Chiarelli’s moves throughout his still short stint as Oiler general manager. As an example, I doubt I’ll ever be fully comfortable with the price he paid to acquire the duo of Reinhart and Larsson. I don’t have to. It’s not a requirement for this job. However, if we focus on the mantra of “Balance and Depth” then it’s hard not to see improvement overall and specifically in the bottom six.

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Paging Paigin

Matt Henderson
August 07 2016 07:00PM

The KHL has never been known for being kind to younger players. Even the really highly skilled kids generally have to earn their ice-time the hard way. For that reason it can be really hard to tell how these kids are coming along in their development just by looking at the numbers. As frustrating as this can be from the perspective of a North American fan trying to gauge how a European prospect is doing overseas, it can also lead to happy surprises.

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Moving the Statue

Matt Henderson
August 03 2016 11:00AM

Some time this week the Oilers will remove the Bronze statue of Wayne Gretzky from the north entrance to Rexall Place. After it gets a thorough cleaning the statue will be put up outside the new downtown Rogers Place. Is that weird? Is it wrong?

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Will Larsson Play On The Power Play?

Matt Henderson
July 28 2016 12:04PM

In an article from Jim Matheson, Todd McLellan spoke about the Hall trade, Adam Larsson, and the Oilers in general. Without getting too much into the “that’s the price you have to pay” argument, the section about Larsson’s role and impact is more relevant moving forward.

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Barrie Watch On High Alert

Matt Henderson
July 21 2016 07:00AM

The watch for the missing piece of Edmonton’s defense got a bit of an update via an indirect source on Wednesday. Edmonton didn’t sign a defender. Their competitors haven’t signed or traded one either. On Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche signed 22 year old center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year $1.3 million dollar deal.

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