Chiarelli and RFAs

Jason Gregor
May 28 2015 07:15AM

The next month will give us some insight into Peter Chiarelli's strategy on how he plans to build the Oilers organization into a contender.

Not just the NHL team, but the overall organizational depth. How will he fill out the 50-man roster?

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Building a winner: Babcock and Hendricks

Jason Gregor
May 25 2015 11:51AM

We all have different theories or beliefs regarding what is necessary in building a winning team. Even when you build a strong, successful organization that doesn't mean you will win, or be close to winning every season.

When we evaluate success, I think we put way too much focus on winning a championship. Only one team wins, but that doesn't mean all the other 29 franchises were failures. The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 24 consecutive seasons, but they've "only" won the Stanley Cup four times in that period.

Are they a failure? Far from it. They are the model franchise in the NHL and throughout their 24-year run to the post-season they've done so by incorporating the single most important aspect needed for winning.

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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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