Justin Schultz has Norris potential. He also has a bad contract.

Jonathan Willis
August 29 2014 08:09PM


In his press availability announcing the news of the Justin Schultz signing, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish courted controversy by saying that the young defender “has Norris Trophy potential.”

He might be right about that. The ironic thing is that if he is, it just makes the terms of Schultz’s new deal even worse.

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Andrei Loktionov: Offers apparently on the table, but no decision yet

Jonathan Willis
August 28 2014 07:30AM

Andrei Loktionov

There aren’t many NHL centres of note still available in free agency. Michal Handzus is out there; Scott Gomez will apparently be going to the New Jersey Devils camp on a tryout basis.

The best of this uncertain lot is probably Andrei Loktionov, a 24-year-old veteran of 150-odd NHL games. Apparently he has offers, but hasn’t decided yet what he’s going to do.

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Martin Gernat, training camp surprise?

Jonathan Willis
August 27 2014 01:46PM

Gernat, Martin

Training camp surprises are difficult to predict – “surprise” by definition requiring something unexpected.

But they tend to have some things in common, and Martin Gernat is a guy with some of the ingredients.

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Anton Lander: The Forgotten Man

Jonathan Willis
August 26 2014 07:00AM


The summer conversation about the possible solutions to Edmonton’s problematic centre depth chart has for the most part passed over Anton Lander. There’s a simple reason for that. He’s played 94 NHL games and scored two goals.

But it would also be a mistake to write him off completely.

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The Subban Comp

Jonathan Willis
August 24 2014 02:32PM


A little over a week ago, we learned from Jim Matheson that Justin Schultz’s camp was looking to the P.K. Subban bridge deal as a possible comparable in conversations with the Oilers, but that an average annual value starting with a “2” wasn’t something that had much appeal to them.

A few days after that, Bob Stauffer speculated that a one-year deal was the most likely route out of the current impasse between player and team.

What happens if we combine those two reports?

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