WWYDW: Darnell Nurse and Jacob Trouba

Jonathan Willis
August 31 2016 09:00AM

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There aren’t a lot of stories of particular interest in the NHL right now, but one item worth watching is negotiations between the league’s remaining restricted free agents and their major-league teams. Several prominent players—people like Johnny Gaudreau, Hampus Lindholm and Rasmus Ristolainen—remain unsigned and it’s fair to be worried about whether deals will be done by the start of training camp.

One such player is Jacob Trouba, a brilliant right-shot defenceman with the Winnipeg Jets. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers whether they’d be willing to trade Darnell Nurse as part of a package to acquire that player.

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December Dilemmas

Jonathan Willis
August 30 2016 07:00AM

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One of the questions I’m often asked is why it is so important for NHL teams to address all of their important positional issues in the summer. After all, the reasoning goes, is there really much harm in checking out the players on the roster for a month or two and then fixing things up if necessary then?

Although superficially plausible, this is a dangerous way to run an NHL team.

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Taylor Beck should challenge for an NHL job in Edmonton in 2016-17

Jonathan Willis
August 25 2016 07:17PM

Taylor Beck signing on with the Edmonton Oilers got some brief attention when it happened and has mostly been ignored since. Yet he’s not a player who should be entirely counted out of the team’s plans for 2016-17. Not only should he be good enough to challenge for a spot in training camp, but even if he’s sent down that may not be the last of him.

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An Opportunity for Zack Kassian to Show His Quality

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2016 04:48PM

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People like yours truly tend to complain whenever there’s a weak spot on an NHL team’s depth chart. For actual NHL players with their eyes on moving up the lineup, though, any weak spot represents a golden opportunity.

This fall, the opportunity at right wing is one that Nail Yakupov and Jesse Puljujarvi will seek to exploit, but they won’t be the only ones. Zack Kassian’s major-league career cannot have gone the way he had planned, but he can change the narrative in a substantial way if he starts off well this season.

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Making the Case for Another Right Wing

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2016 11:18AM

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Yesterday, I wrote that Radim Vrbata signing in Arizona was a missed opportunity for the Oilers. Many in the comments section disagreed, and so I thought it might be helpful to make the larger case as to why Edmonton needs another good right wing.

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