FREE AGENCY BEGINS

Jason Gregor
July 03 2013 12:31PM

Two years ago the Oilers signed four players, Ben Eager, Cam Barker, Darcy Hordichuk and Eric Belanger and they acquired Andy Sutton on the first day of free agency. Sutton played well before being injured, Eager produced regular offensive numbers while the other three contributed very little.

When they were signed, many felt Eager and Belanger would fill a needed void, Eager as an aggressive winger and Belanger as a veteran centre who could win draws and chip in offensively, but neither ended up filling those roles.

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BUSY WEEK FOR OILERS...UPDATE ON PECKHAM

Jason Gregor
July 02 2013 01:58PM

Theo Peckham's future with the Oilers will be decided today. The Oilers have to submit qualifying offers to Peckham, Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi, Colten Teubert, Alex Plante, Teemu Hartikainen, Taylor Fedun, Antti Tyrvainen, Philippe Cornet and Niko Hovinen.

Gagner, Paajarvi, Hartikainen and Fedun are easy decisions. During his end of the season presser, MacTavish stated Ryan Whitney wouldn't return, and hinted the same for Peckham, but will he stick with that plan.

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DRAFT DAY: LIVE BLOG... 1ST ROUND

Jason Gregor
June 30 2013 12:11PM

 

This will be an open blog for the draft, and it will be updated with thoughts from Gregor, Willis, Brownlee and Lowetide as well as your thoughts in the comment sections.

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DRAFT DAY: MACGREGOR SHARES HIS THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
June 30 2013 09:40AM

After months of speculation and hype the 2013 draft is finally here. For the past two months, fans and media been debating what would be the first "Bold" move made by Craig MacTavish. I suspect today we will finally be able to discuss and debate a MacTavish trade, and one man who will be heavily involved in the trade discussion will be head scout Stu MacGregor.

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Jason Gregor
June 28 2013 10:50AM

For the first time since 2006 the NHL draft will be a one day event. It starts at 1 p.m. MST on Sunday and is scheduled to last eight hours. Edmonton currently has the #7, #37, #56 (from Anaheim), #128, #158 and #188. They traded their 3rd rounder (Fistric) to Dallas and 4th rounder to Florida (Smithson).

This week has already had many story lines, and we can expect to many more before Sunday evening. The Oilers were in the news again this morning when Dallas Eakins announced his coaching staff.

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