June 05 2014 09:12PM
I listened to the Craig MacTavish postseason exit interview again the other day. In the midst of hundreds of "relentless" and "consistent messaging" and "value system" references, four names came through loud and clear: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz.
Are those the names you would choose? Doesn't matter. The four horsemen of the Oilpocalypse are Taylor, Jordan, Justin and Ryan. Let it rain.
June 03 2014 04:31PM
The great thing about Oiler fans is that we all have ideas about how to solve the team's problems. Take the defense—please! The online endorsements for various NHL defensemen to come in and save the day is long and varied, and I wondered how many could reasonably be considered a viable option. Here we go.
June 01 2014 02:37PM
This summer will see a lot of turnover on defense—we're seeing a mass exit already, and now await the new arrivals. Two players who are facing a key summer are RH blue Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry. Those right-handed defensemen don't grow on trees and there aren't a bunch who can play 21 minutes a night. Edmonton has two, and both have reached rfa status. What could we see this summer?
May 31 2014 09:19AM
Magnus Paajarvi was taken in the 2009 Entry Draft, in a time before the Edmonton Oilers had decided on a full-on rebuild. As time rolls along, that selection and others have gained the reputation of being poor, or disappointing. Some have started to blame the No. 1 overall picks. A growing number of articles are being written these days about the Edmonton Oilers and their failed rebuild.
May 30 2014 03:03PM
Oiler fans can agree this team needs help, and most of us can agree on specific areas of weakness. The solutions? Millions of opinions and I expect more than a few that can work. Capgeek has a really cool "Armchair GM" feature that Scott Cullen uses to great effect during his offseason team-by-team series. It's a blast, and I used it today to build the perfect beast (Lowetide version).