Boiling Point

Jonathan Willis
November 22 2014 11:08AM

Craig MacTavish10

The Oilers are in rough shape, and with a rested Chicago team coming to town after Edmonton’s loss last night it’s a good bet they’ll be in worse shape 12 hours from now. This is a team crying out for action by the general manager.

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How much salary would the Kings need to retain to make Mike Richards tradable?

Jonathan Willis
November 20 2014 01:41PM

Mike Richards has two Stanley Cup rings, a reputation as a two-way forward, and plays a position the Oilers desperately need help in.

He also has years of diminishing returns (in three full years in the West, he’s never cracked the 50-point mark), a general manager complaining about his summer training regimen and a Horcoffian $5.75 million cap hit for the rest of this season and the five that follow it.

Is there a trade to be made there?

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If the Oilers’ advanced stats are so good, why don’t they win hockey games?

Jonathan Willis
November 18 2014 11:59AM

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The comments section on this website was a little testy yesterday, and analytics in hockey were a target for many. It’s understandable; there has been a lot of talk about the Oilers’ improved underlying numbers while at the same time the team isn’t winning hockey games. So what’s going on with that anyway?

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Play Martin Marincin

Jonathan Willis
November 17 2014 05:45PM

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Something funny happened on Sunday. With the Edmonton Oilers down a goal and the net empty, Andrew Ference was sent over the boards to try and help the team make up the difference. It was suggested that this was evidence of how thin Edmonton was on the blue line (it certainly is) but it was that moment that I recognized that on merit Ference was the best left-shooting defenceman at Dallas Eakins’ disposal.

That’s a problem.

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WWYDW: It’s Good (?) to be the King (of the Oilers)

Jonathan Willis
November 12 2014 02:34PM

Daryl Katz

Generally in our ‘What Would You Do Wednesday?’ segments we place our readers in the shoes of the general manager or the head coach, since those are the two people with the most direct impact on hockey operations. Today we’re going to do something a little bit different, instead looking at ownership.

The best owners in hockey tend to be the ones who provide stable financial backing for their teams, employ an expert or experts in the top hockey operations job(s), give them a mandate and then stay out of the way. The question today is two-fold: Who should be in that top job or jobs, and what should their mandate be?

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