January 11 2014 09:21AM
Anton Lander can't get traction as an NHL player because he can't help offensively. There are all kinds of signs that he can play well away from the puck, but even a defensive expert at center has to put the puck in the net once in awhile. The Edmonton Oilers have a dilemma: commit to Lander next season, or insert another option. Does Lander have a chance?
January 10 2014 04:44PM
How long does it take for a young defenseman to play at sea level in the NHL? How long before a team can count on him to throw away the training wheels, to stop making the sins of youth, to deliver consistently? Answer: a pretty long damn time.
January 07 2014 07:10PM
TSN reported tonight that the "ask" for Sam Gagner is a top 6 forward, a top 4D or a starting goaltender. What would that look like?
January 05 2014 10:45AM
When young men make the transition from junior to pro, there's a period of adjustment. A player like Martin Gernat (in photo) went from being one of the oldest players on WHL ice to playing against men 15 years his senior overnight. It takes some time to work that through—sometimes an entire year—but the OKC Barons splits show some very good signs for Martin Gernat and Oilers fans.
January 04 2014 05:10PM
During tonight's Hotstove portion of the HNIC pre-game, Elliotte Friedman told the nation "Sam Gagner's name is out there" and suggested the Oilers would find him a place he'd be comfortable with playing (if a transaction were to be completed). It sounds very much like the team and player have decided a move could be made if it fits for all sides, although specifics weren't covered in the brief report.