May 11 2015 01:45PM
Last week, Bob McKenzie said on TSN 1040 that the Oilers would be at the top of Mike Babcock's list of teams to join. Yesterday, Elliott Friedman wrote that the Oilers were focusing on Todd McLellan and that another NHL team told him they felt an Oiler-McLellan deal was very close.
This must seem a bit surreal for Oilers fans. Two of the top free agents coaches are very interested in coming to Edmonton. I assume those claiming free agents don't want to come here will finally realize that suggestion, which was never 100% accurate, had very little to do with the city of Edmonton and everything to do with the state of the Oilers franchise.
With Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli at the helm, Connor McDavid set to join the franchise in June and Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Oscar Klefbom, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse on the team or in the system the Oilers are no longer considered the least desirable team in the NHL
With Babcock and McLellan both possibilities, who do you think is a better fit?
May 08 2015 03:13PM
There will be no debates, at least sane ones anyways, over who the Oilers select first overall at the upcoming NHL draft. They are taking Connor McDavid, but what will happen with the #16 pick?
The Oilers would love to use that pick along with a package of other players and/or draft picks to acquire a veteran NHL D-man.
How realistic is that idea?
May 08 2015 10:28AM
The Mike Babcock bidding war is officially open.
May 04 2015 01:52PM
During the past two weeks I've noticed a renewed level of excitement in Oilersnation, and rightfully so, due to the lottery win and the arrival of Peter Chiarelli.
Very few fans expected the Oilers to win the lottery and none felt Bob Nicholson would bring in a new POHO and GM, and relieve Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish of their titles. It was unexpected, and the new changes has brought a new level of expectation as well.
The Oilers should improve in 2015/2016, but realistically how much can they improve?
April 30 2015 11:47AM
The Mike Babcock potential-free-agent story line will intensify now that the Detroit Red Wings are officially out of the playoffs. Babcock's contract doesn't officially expire until June 30th, but with the new rule allowing compensation for coaches in place, I'm inclined to believe the Red Wings and Babcock will sit down and discuss his future very soon.
Two weeks ago most people wouldn't have given Edmonton much chance of landing Babcock, but I wonder if winning the McDavid lottery and hiring Peter Chiarelli has altered that stance.