FINAL CALL: BUYOUTS...

Jason Gregor
May 23 2014 12:28PM

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The final opportunity for a compliance buyout (doesn't count against the cap) will begin June 15th, or 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup final.

Each team had two compliance buyouts to use between last summer or this year. Chicago (Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz), Montreal (Scott Gomez, Tomas Kaberle), Philadelphia (Danny Briere, Ilya Bryzgalov) and Toronto (Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski) have already used two.

The Red Wings(Carlo Colaiacovo), Devils (Johan Hedberg), Islanders (Rick Dipietro), Rangers (Wade Redden), Tampa Bay (Vincent Lecavalier), Sabres (Nathan Gerbe), Canucks (Keith Ballard), Predators (Hal Gill) and Capitals (Jeff Schultz), Oilers (Eric Belanger), Minnesota (Tom Gilbert) and Colorado (Greg Zanon) have used one, so that leaves a total of 40 potential compliance buyouts remaining.

The Oilers have one compliance buyout available, but they have no one who they'd use it on, so maybe MacTavish tries to make a deal by acquiring a bad contract that he would buy out.

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HOW DOES THE "D" MEASURE UP?

Jason Gregor
May 22 2014 01:14PM

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I wrote an article earlier this week outlining the Oilers lack of size, strength and experience in their top-nine forwards. It is one element that Craig MacTavish will need to revamp in the coming years, but he will also need to improve his blueline.

Today we will take a similar look at the Oilers blueline and see how they compare against western division playoff teams.

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A RECIPE FOR LOSING...

Jason Gregor
May 20 2014 12:16PM

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I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and the the prequels, The Hobbit. Over the years Sam Gagner has earned the moniker "Samwise" here in the Nation, a reference to Samwise Gamgee, one of the hobbits and loyal sidekick to Frodo Baggins.

I've long mentioned that one of the Oilers biggest concerns is their lack of size within their skilled players. The young Oilers have skill, but compared to the rest of the western conference the Oilers look like Dwarfs.

Until they rectify this issue, I don't see this team improving.

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GREAT PLAYER DIFFERENT THAN GREAT LEADER

Jason Gregor
May 15 2014 02:38PM

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Do great teams make great players, or do great players make great teams?

I'm not sure there is a right answer, but when it comes to winning you need more than one or two great players to win.

The Oilers won a Cup without Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player ever, so clearly they had an outstanding supporting cast around him for the first four. However, when the Oilers won in 1990, no one thought Gretzky wasn't still the greatest player in the game.

The Oilers were a better team and they had many great players, but Gretzky was still the greatest.

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Thank you...

Jason Gregor
May 14 2014 10:53AM

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**This is not a sports related article.**

I still remember getting my first suit. It was a hand-me-down from my older cousin Scott, but I got to pick a new shirt and tie to wear with it, and I vividly remember thinking this suit made me look older. It was a big deal.

Like most teenagers my cousin never wore the suit more than two or three times so it seemed brand new to me. I felt more mature when I wore it the first time and that memory was the reason why we started The Gregor Foundation this past year. Our goal was to provide suits for young men graduating from high school who were unable to get their own suit.

Yesterday we had our first fitting day, and it was, AWESOME.

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