May 13 2016 11:51PM
Back in March, the Edmonton Oilers signed winger Jere Sallinen. Although he is a Finn, Sallinen was playing in the KHL—part of Finland's entry in that league, Jokerit. He went 50gp, 8-11-19 in the KHL and will push for NHL employment this fall. Although there is a real chance he starts in Bakersfield, Finnish Oilers often make if to the NHL, if only for a time. Since the March signing, Peter Chiarelli turned his attention to NCAA players and shored up the pro ranks over a few weeks. There are still some interesting Euro free agents, some of them on display at the Worlds right now. Will the Oilers go shopping again?
May 10 2016 04:07PM
Since the season ended, Peter Chiarelli has added five players to the 50-man roster for 2016-17. Finn Jere Sallinen, CHL defender Caleb Jones and college men Nick Ellis, Drake Caggiula and Patrick Russell have all been signed, meaning the current roster stands at 37. We know more players will be added, and Edmonton still has a significant number of free agents outstanding. What does it mean? The math does not add up and many will not return.
May 09 2016 04:30PM
The Edmonton Oilers must have had a plan for the 2014 draft, but two years later, that plan remains unclear. Perhaps the organization was concerned about not having enough room on their 50-man list, assuming the 2012 and 2013 drafts would have filled the organizational holes and sustained them for a decade. Peter Chiarelli is filling the void this spring with college and European signings, a rational approach to a lost draft summer.
May 08 2016 11:19AM
This is a depiction (via War-on-Ice) of the Edmonton Oilers defense in 2015-16. Oscar Klefbom faced the toughest opposition and won the possession battle, but could not stay healthy. Andrej Sekera and Mark Fayne battled well facing tough opps too, and then after that we have a plethora of good with bad (and one brilliant—Brandon Davidson) options. What do the Oilers need? Where can Peter Chiarelli look?
May 07 2016 07:54PM
In a series that begins today, we are going to re-visit a magical time—the late winter, spring and early summer of 2006. The first chapter opens as we approach the trade deadline. A top flight NHL team is hanging around the final playoff spot, badly in need of a goalie. GM Kevin Lowe casts about looking for a solution, and my goodness did he find one.