Edmonton Oilers sign Tyler Pitlick to a one-year deal

Jonathan Willis
June 17 2016 01:20PM

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It appears that Tyler Pitlick’s time with the Edmonton Oilers is not yet over. On Friday the club announced that it had signed the 2010 second-round selection to a one-year contract extension. 

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Despite Trading Goligoski, Stars May Not Re-Sign Jason Demers

Jonathan Willis
June 17 2016 01:17AM

On Wednesday, the Dallas Stars traded defencemen Alex Goligoski to Arizona in exchange for a late draft pick. Goligoski, a pending unrestricted free agent, was one of three significant UFA blueliners on the Stars roster.

That list includes Jason Demers, who is far-and-away the best right-shot defender in free agency this year and also an obvious target for the Edmonton Oilers this summer. However, it appears the departure of Goligoski does not necessarily mean that Demers will be back with the Stars.

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Joe Sakic: Tyson Barrie will not be traded

Jonathan Willis
June 16 2016 02:30PM

There aren’t a lot of good right-shot defencemen certain to be available in trade or via free agency this summer. Tyson Barrie was one of the few players widely believed to be on the market, a skilled offensive defenceman looking for a raise from a team that was thought to be lukewarm to the prospect.

No longer.  

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WWYDW: Would you consider a Sam Gagner return?

Jonathan Willis
June 15 2016 03:38PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have a pretty obvious need for a third-line centre. They also have a need throughout the lineup for right-shooting skaters, and up front it would be best if those players could also provide enough offence to play a role on the power play.

There aren’t a lot of players in free agency who can check off those boxes, but former Oiler Sam Gagner is one of the few who might. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask readers whether they would entertain the notion of bringing Gagner back to Edmonton.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins & Three Scoring Lines

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2016 12:14PM

Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins dominate the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup final had to be interesting for the managers of the Edmonton Oilers. In a lot of ways, the Pens’ roster—though obviously better—has similarities to that of the Oilers.

Like Edmonton, Pittsburgh has a relatively weak defence that needed careful management. Like Edmonton, the Penguins boast a collection of high-end scoring stars mixed with less potent depth pieces. It’s worth looking at how Pittsburgh found success with that profile of roster. It starts with how they use their forwards.

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