Teddy Purcell traded to the Florida Panthers

Jonathan Willis
February 27 2016 01:48PM

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The Edmonton Oilers, as expected, have traded pending free agent Teddy Purcell. Although reports indicated that the Los Angeles Kings were very interested in the player, as it turns out Purcell is bound for the Eastern Conference, where he'll play for the Florida Panthers.

Coming back the other way? A third-round draft pick.

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Los Angeles "inching closer" to acquiring Purcell, Schultz

Jonathan Willis
February 27 2016 10:33AM

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With expiring contracts and on the heels of two consecutive scratches, the fates of Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz seem pretty clear. No move has been made yet, but on Saturday TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Los Angeles Kings were in close discussions with the Edmonton Oilers about acquiring the pair. 

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WWYDW: What do you expect for Nail Yakupov?

Jonathan Willis
February 24 2016 08:59PM

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It seems possible that Nail Yakupov is in his final days as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. It’s far from a certainty that the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft is shipped off down the line, but if he were to be moved at this year’s trade deadline it also wouldn’t be a big surprise.

“I know the Edmonton Oilers have had discussions about the availability of Nail Yakupov with other teams,” TSN Darren Dreger reported recently. “I would describe it as somewhat unlikely between now and Monday’s trade deadline, perhaps more likely in the offseason.”

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask our readers what they would do with the 22-year-old winger. 

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In Praise of a Cheap Fourth Line

Jonathan Willis
February 22 2016 01:40PM

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The real importance of a good fourth line is debatable. This is particularly true on a team coached by Todd McLellan, who at times has shown a tendency to lean heavily on three sets of forwards.

What everyone can agree on, though, is that a cheap fourth line is preferable to an expensive one. Given the thin margins that teams operate under, being able to save money on depth pieces can be extremely important.

That takes us to the subjects of this piece: Mark Letestu, Lauri Korpikoski, Anton Lander and Iiro Pakarinen.

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Jordan Oesterle up, Nikita Nikitin down

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2016 04:57PM

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After just one game back with the Edmonton Oilers, Nikita Nikitin is once again heading back to the minor leagues. On Sunday the Oilers announced that the veteran rearguard had been reassigned, and at the same time named his replacement on the roster. That honour goes to 23-year-old Jordan Oesterle, who has 22 points in 39 games with the Bakersfield Condors. 

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