How interested should the Edmonton Oilers be in David Rundblad?

Jonathan Willis
December 28 2015 02:00PM

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On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks put defenceman David Rundblad on waivers. The 25-year-old rearguard has been with the organization for parts of three seasons, playing 63 games, putting up 16 points and managing a plus-14 rating along with decent underlying numbers.

He never won over head coach Joel Quenneville, though. Rundblad fell out of favour in 2014-15, and never found his way back. He’s played just nine games this season and Chicago’s management now seems to have bowed to the inevitable.

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WWYDW: The Goaltending Battle

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2015 12:08PM

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The Edmonton Oilers enter the Christmas break with an uncertain situation in net. Cam Talbot, brought in to start for the team, struggled for a while and lost the job but has been better recently. Anders Nilsson, his ostensible backup, stole the job with hot play but has cooled off dramatically since.

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask which of the two you’d have penciled in as starter if you were head coach Todd McLellan.

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Mark Fayne recalled from Bakersfield

Jonathan Willis
December 20 2015 05:49PM

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The Edmonton Oilers on Sunday recalled defenceman Mark Fayne from Bakersfield of the AHL. Fayne played five games for the Condors, recording an assist, four penalty minutes and an even rating. 

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Andrej Sekera and His Partners

Jonathan Willis
December 18 2015 08:29PM

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Andrej Sekera was Peter Chiarelli’s biggest summer addition to the Edmonton Oilers roster, and to these eyes he’s looked pretty good. He does a little bit of everything. He’s competent and capable with the puck, mobile and also extremely competitive in defensive situations; that’s a nice balance and allows him to be an asset in virtually any situation.

Sekera has played tough minutes all season, and it’s worth comparing how he’s played with his two primary partners: Rising star Darnell Nurse and Bakersfield Condor Mark Fayne.

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WWYDW: Trade Deadline Strategy

Jonathan Willis
December 16 2015 07:30AM

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It’s a little early to talk about the trade deadline this season, but not ridiculously so. The NHL’s holiday trade freeze kicks in on December 19 and lifts on December 28; historically teams become more active on the trade front once the holidays are passed.

This year there’s a two-month window between the lifting of the freeze and the actual deadline, and Edmonton’s in a very interesting situation because of the weird state of the Western Conference.

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