WWYDW: Trade Deadline Rental What-If

Jonathan Willis
February 22 2017 02:53PM

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We are now just a week away from the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline. With that in mind, for this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we thought we’d look at some of the rental options potentially available to the Oilers.

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Kris Russell: Trap or Opportunity?

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2017 11:00AM

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One of the larger individual decisions that the Edmonton Oilers have to make in the next few months is whether or not to sign Kris Russell to a contract extension. He is the team’s most prominent player bound for unrestricted free agency and handles key minutes on the blue line.

Before the Oilers make a decision on Russell one way or the other, a particular fact which should not escape their attention: Kris Russell’s reputation this season hinges on a single hot month.

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Did the Oilers miss an opportunity in Michael Stone?

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2017 09:00AM

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Michael Stone is a 26-year-old right-shot defenceman with 324 games of NHL experience. Last season he put up 36 points; this season he played 20-plus minutes per game in Arizona. He’s also 6’3”, 210 pounds and as a pending free agent carried minimal acquisition risk.

Yesterday the Calgary Flames acquired him for a third-round draft pick, along with a conditional fifth-rounder if he were to re-sign in southern Alberta. Did the Edmonton Oilers miss an opportunity to upgrade their blue line?

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What it Would Take for the Edmonton Oilers to Miss the Playoffs

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2017 09:00AM

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For Edmonton Oilers fans long since embittered by their team’s lengthy playoff drought, the club’s performance this season has been a welcome change. Now, in mid-February, the club is in such a good position that it would take a historic collapse to miss the playoffs.

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Fire, Brimstone and Milan Lucic

Jonathan Willis
February 15 2017 10:30AM

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The lack of secondary scoring from the Edmonton Oilers has been a story all season, one with many authors. Old standbys Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have earned scorn. Benoit Pouliot appears to be utterly lost. Big-name free agent acquisition Milan Lucic has been a disappointment.

Of the four of them, there isn’t any question as to which player’s poor season should be the most terrifying for the Oilers. It’s that of Lucic, who seems to be imploding at 5-on-5 just as he enters the first year of a buyout-proof forever contract.

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