Chiarelli on Nurse

Jason Gregor
May 21 2015 09:18AM


With his head coach in place, general manager Peter Chiarelli's attention will now focus on supplying his new head coach with a lineup that can be competitive.

Will Darnell Nurse be part of the 23-man roster?

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McLellan: Coaching is Communication

Jason Gregor
May 20 2015 12:30PM

Todd McLellan did not vow to make sweeping changes during his first press conference as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. He was, however, very deliberate, honest and blunt in how he hopes to help his players improve, and ultimately win games.

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Tuesday Musings: McLellan, Hall and more

Jason Gregor
May 19 2015 07:00AM

The World Championships concluded on Sunday with Canada winning Gold for the first time since 2007. Canada dominated the tournament outscoring their opponents 66-15 on their way to a perfect 10-0 record.

Jason Spezza led the tournament with 14 points and was named an all-star. Jordan Eberle was second in scoring with 13 points, while Taylor Hall finished third with 12 points and was named an all-star. Hall's seven goals were third most in the tourney, Tyler Seguin (9) and Filip Forsberg (8) had more, but all of Hall's goals came at even strength. Seguin had five PP goals and Forsberg had two.

For the Oilers and their fans, the 2015 off-season just continues to get better.

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Klefbom contract

Jason Gregor
May 15 2015 04:31PM

Oscar Klefbom

Oscar Klefbom is entering the final year of his entry-level contract. The Oilers could wait until the end of next season to sign him, or Peter Chiarelli can extend his contract this summer at likely a lower cap hit.

I'd look at locking him up for a long-term deal this summer.

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Monday Musings: Babcock vs. Mclellan

Jason Gregor
May 11 2015 01:45PM


Last week, Bob McKenzie said on TSN 1040 that the Oilers would be at the top of Mike Babcock's list of teams to join. Yesterday, Elliott Friedman wrote that the Oilers were focusing on Todd McLellan and that another NHL team told him they felt an Oiler-McLellan deal was very close. 

This must seem a bit surreal for Oilers fans. Two of the top free agents coaches are very interested in coming to Edmonton. I assume those claiming free agents don't want to come here will finally realize that suggestion, which was never 100% accurate, had very little to do with the city of Edmonton and everything to do with the state of the Oilers franchise.

With Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli at the helm, Connor McDavid set to join the franchise in June and Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Oscar Klefbom, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse on the team or in the system the Oilers are no longer considered the least desirable team in the NHL

With Babcock and McLellan both possibilities, who do you think is a better fit?

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