Rocky's role?

Jason Gregor
July 23 2014 10:22AM

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Rocky Thompson was named assistant coach of the Edmonton Oilers last week. He's only 36, but he already has seven years of coaching experience.

Many were wondering what will be bring to the staff? What will his role be? I caught up with Thompson last week to try and find out those answers.

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Oilers prospects: Who, where, why?

Jason Gregor
July 21 2014 11:00AM

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The Oilers prospect cupboard might be as full as it has ever been. They have good depth on the blueline, they finally have some skilled size in the system and, most importantly, they have a few prospects who are NHL ready.

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Positive Friday...

Jason Gregor
July 18 2014 11:00AM

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The Nation is due for some positive thoughts.

The lack of a centre depth on the Oilers has become the beacon of despair in the Nation, and while it is a concern, let's take a break from that angle.

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Dog days of summer meet reality

Jason Gregor
July 16 2014 09:25AM

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July 15th begins a long six-week stretch for hockey fans. The euphoria of the draft and free agency has subsided and now many start to dissect how their team's roster looks like. It is obvious the Oilers are light on proven NHL centres, but are you so desperate to add another centre that Derek Roy's signing in Nashville upsets you?

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Will Kane and Toews' contracts change NHL pay scale?

Jason Gregor
July 14 2014 11:29AM

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical eight-year, $84 million contracts last week. They are the face of the Blackhawks so it made sense to re-sign them, but with a combined $21 million cap hit the new deals will limit the Hawks ability to add proven depth to their roster.

Of course the Hawks needed to keep these players, but even if the salary cap shoots up to $75 million in 2015/2016 Kane and Toews will eat up 28% of the total space. With that much of the cap eaten up by two players it makes it extremely difficult to add quality depth players, which is a necessity if you want to win the Cup.

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