September 25 2016 11:55AM
A lot of conversation today about Darnell Nurse, mostly in regard to possible trade options involving Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets. The lightning rod player? Darnell Nurse. It seems much of Oilers Nation is up in arms over the idea of not sending Nurse to Winnipeg immediately—even though we have no real evidence that there is a trade to be made built around these two players. Today, I would like to look at another side of this story: What do the Edmonton Oilers think of Darnell Nurse? The answer informs the future.
September 24 2016 11:45AM
If we are honest, the idea of North America versus Canada had so much appeal that it took a day to get behind the idea of Canada versus Russia. Fortunately, the two nations have a lot of history on the ice that allows both sides to build up a good lather. Add to that the built-in Sidney Crosby—Alex Ovechkin rivalry, the fact Mike Babcock will want to announce his presence with authority to Russian coach Oleg Znarok (seriously, that is his name) and assistant Harijs Vitolins (really). It's tuques versus ushankas for the right to play Sweden or the Seven Nation Army.
September 23 2016 09:06PM
David Musil was a terrific junior player. Smart positional defender, he could handle himself and he drove the play to the outside all day. The nature of being an Oilers fan is to assume the worst from second rounders, but in the case of Musil one of the reasons he may not be an Oiler this fall is out of his hands. The Leftorium is a monster, filled with an almost endless list of those blasted portsiders. Can Musil find his way to the Oilers opening night roster?
September 22 2016 08:38PM
The Edmonton Oilers released their training camp invite list today, and one thing is immediately clear: The team isn't going to be spending a lot of time entertaining long shots.
September 20 2016 07:45PM
One year ago, the Edmonton Oilers left the station with eight defensemen on their opening night roster. Good that they did, as the likely extra man—Brandon Davidson—turned out to be a long awaited minor league player who did develop properly. With the news today that Eric Gryba has accepted an invite from the Edmonton Oilers, could we see 8D again opening night this year?