Zack Kassian: I still have a lot to prove

Jason Gregor
May 20 2016 02:15PM

Last October Zack Kassian was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA. He went to rehab for two months and on December 15th he was cleared to return to active status. Then he entered the follow-up care phase of the substance abuse and behavioural health program.

The Montreal Canadiens placed him on waivers and he went to the American Hockey League. On December 28th, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli acquired him in exchange for goalie Ben Scrivens. Kassian reported to the Oilers AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. On January 13th, after seven games in the minors, the Oilers recalled Kassian.

He played 36 games for the Oilers, and yesterday he signed a one-year contract for $1.5 million. I spoke with the 13th overall pick in 2009 about returning to the Oilers, what he wants to improve and where he fits in next season.

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Scouting report: Barrie

Jason Gregor
May 19 2016 01:40PM


My Scouting Report series continues today, and the spotlight remains solely on the biggest need for the Oilers: a right shot top-four defenceman. Today we look at the 64th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tyson Barrie. Barrie is an RFA, and he's the latest young Colorado Avalanche player who seems to be in a contract impasse with management.

Barrie is coming off two productive seasons, and will be looking for a substantial raise. What is he worth salary wise, and what would it cost to acquire him?

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Kassian close to re-signing

Jason Gregor
May 19 2016 08:54AM


Bob McKenzie tweeted the following early this morning.

I made some inquiries and it is basically a done deal. 

What will his salary be?

Kassian made $2 million last year, but he had a cap hit of $1.75 million having made $1.5 million in 2014/2015. He was on his entry-level deal prior to this two-year deal.

Kassian tallied 3-5-8 in 36 games with the Oilers, after scoring 10-6-16 in 42 games with the Canucks in 2015.

I suspect Kassian's one-year deal will be around the $1.5 million.

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Meet The Drake

Jason Gregor
May 18 2016 11:30AM


The Oilers signed NCAA free agent winger Drake Caggiula ten days ago. Caggiula capped off his four year career at the University of North Dakota by winning a National Championship. Caggiula improved every year and many NHL teams tried to sign him, but he chose Edmonton.

Let's find out why, and what type of player the Oilers added to their organization.

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Monday Musings: The Core

Jason Gregor
May 16 2016 12:02PM


The Oilers haven't had a "core" for many years. They have three players who have been on the team five years: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and they were either sophomores or rookies in 2011/2012.

Let's take a quick look at players who have been the staples on other western conference teams during the past five seasons, and compare them to the Oilers.

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