March 03 2015 12:55PM
If the Oilers are going to improve in the coming seasons, it has to start on the blueline. They need a develop a top-pairing D-man, rather than rely on the very low possibility they will be able to trade for one. Unless a team is in a financial crunch, or a complete rebuild, I don't see a reason why they would move a legitimate top-pairing defender.
So that leaves the Oilers in the dubious position of needing to wait until Oscar Klefbom or Darnell Nurse emerge as a top-pair defender.
March 02 2015 10:23AM
From the puck drop on opening night almost everyone watching and covering the Oilers expected Jeff Petry to be traded at the deadline, and the expected return was a second round pick. That occurred today when the Montreal Canadiens acquired the 27 year-old D-man for a second round pick and a conditional fifth rounder.
If the Habs win one playoff round that conditional picks becomes a fourth rounder, if they win two rounds it becomes a third rounder. The Oilers essentially got an extra pick for Petry, which is good, but they also traded away a proven NHL player.
February 26 2015 05:04PM
Last night after dinner I was sitting on the couch fully prepared to skip my workout. In January, I challenged myself to try and get a six-pack. I've worked out a few times a week for the past seven years, but I needed to alter my eating habits and increase my workout regime to accomplish this goal. I spoke to a nutrionist (Lalitha Taylor) who set me up with a good eating plan and my trainer, Jeff Woods, gave me a four-day workout plan.
It has been going well. I lost six pounds and two inches (measure stomach at navel level) in the first month. I feel much better and actually enjoy the new food I'm eating, but last night I didn't feel in the mood to workout.
My wife said, "Just go downstairs and do it. Take my computer and hit random on my Itunes." I looked at her computer and hit play, and in an instant the song that came on completely changed my mindset.
February 25 2015 12:42PM
Prior to signing a five-year deal with the Oilers, Benoit Pouliot spent the previous five seasons in the NHL on five different teams. He started the 2009/2010 campaign in Minnesota, the team that drafted him fourth overall in 2005, and was dealt to Montreal. He spent a season and a half in Montreal before signing a one-year deal with the Bruins in July of 2011. The Bruins dealt his rights to Tampa Bay on June 23rd, 2012 and he signed a one-year pact with the Lightning. He signed another one-year deal with the Rangers in the summer of 2014, before the Oilers offered him a multi-year deal.
So far, Pouliot has rewarded the Oilers with a solid 39 games.
February 24 2015 01:03PM
Can Craig MacTavish find a "Dubnyk in the rough" like Cliff Fletcher did for the Minnesota Wild? The Wild was 18-19-5 before Fletcher acquired Dubnyk, and they are 13-2-2 since the 14th overall pick in 2004 joined his fifth NHL organization in less than a calender year.
The Oilers need more than just a goalie standing on his head to turn the team around next season, but Dubnyk has shown how important having confidence in your goalie is to a team's success. Minnesota was sound defensively before Dubnyk arrived, they allowed the fewest shots per game, but their GAA was 24th. Dubnyk arrived, played solid and the Wild have taken off.
MacTavish's main priority during the off-season will be acquiring a goalie.