WWYDW: Saving the Edmonton Oilers some money

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2016 09:00AM

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It appears that the Edmonton Oilers are prepared to take on some hefty new contracts. Free agents came to town on Tuesday, and between shopping on July 1 and potentially adding players via trade it could be an expensive time for the Oilers.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we identify some plausible cost-saving measures that Edmonton could take, and ask you, the reader, which ones are worth considering.

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All Your Free Agents Belong to Edmonton

Jonathan Willis
June 28 2016 09:47AM

The Edmonton Oilers are going to be hosting some familiar names Tuesday: Unrestricted free agents Milan Lucic and Jason Demers are coming to visit the city.

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Oilers re-sign Iiro Pakarinen

Jonathan Willis
June 27 2016 01:02PM

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The Edmonton Oilers announced a bit of housekeeping on Monday, re-signing restricted free agent Iiro Pakarinen to a one-year contract. 

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July 1 the next deadline for defencemen trades

Jonathan Willis
June 26 2016 12:35PM

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The Edmonton Oilers were unable to secure a top defenceman at this summer’s NHL Draft. This is certainly concerning, but the good news for the Oilers is that they were not alone: Nobody secured a top defenceman. In fact, outside of a swap of somewhat comparable second-pair defenders between Buffalo and Florida, no NHL defender of any importance even moved.

Leaving aside the unlikely possibility that no defencemen are going to be traded at all this summer, that means there’s still action to come.

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Could Nail Yakupov play for the Edmonton Oilers next season?

Jonathan Willis
June 25 2016 12:56PM

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As entertaining as the selection process was, the 2016 NHL Draft was shockingly quiet on the trade front. The Edmonton Oilers weren't able to make any moves over the course of the draft, which is a bit of a surprise because it was widely expected that at the very least the club would be trading Nail Yakupov.

It didn't happen, and when asked about the lack of movement Oilers G.M. Peter Chiarelli had some interesting comments.

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