January 11 2015 01:01PM
Interim head coach Todd Nelson has the Oilers trending in the right direction for the first time in a long time, but there is still a sizable contingent out there that hopes to see a veteran head coach take over the reins when Edmonton makes a final decision this summer. How good does Nelson have to be to lose that “interim” tag?
January 10 2015 01:00PM
I like Todd Nelson as a coach, and strongly suspect that the combination of a new coach and an influx of new personnel did good things to a team that seemed to be badly in need of some fresh air.
With that said, the team’s current 3-1-2 run under Nelson is built on things that are not going to last.
January 10 2015 12:11AM
Pretty much everyone expects that the Edmonton Oilers are going to trade Jeff Petry. He’s a pending unrestricted free agent on a bad team, and said bad team has never really seemed all that committed to the player.
It’ll be a shame if it happens, because he’s the best defenceman on the team, and the kind of things he does when he's at his best were on full display in Friday’s 5-2 victory over Chicago.
January 08 2015 09:24PM
One of the problems that the Oilers have to address between now and whenever they’re going to be competitive is the state of their defence. It’s been a weak point for ages, and has never recovered from the Steve Tambellini-led dismantling it underwent at the start of the current rebuild.
January 08 2015 01:43PM
As of this writing there hasn’t been an official announcement, but according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie the Oilers have made a move in their front office, elevating Bob Green to a position of oversight over all scouting.