Should the Edmonton Oilers trade for Tim Thomas?

Jonathan Willis
June 08 2012 12:28PM

As has been widely reported, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas – the two time Vezina winner, as well as the playoff MVP just one year ago – has decided to take a year off from hockey.

The problem for Boston – a contending, high-salary team – is that because Thomas’ contract is a 35+ deal, they have to absorb his cap hit whether he reports to training camp or not. Presumably, the team will attempt to trade him this summer.

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Blaming The Professional Scouts

Jonathan Willis
June 08 2012 09:18AM

There’s a line of thought that suggests the Oilers’ primary weakness in recent years has been in signing and trading for professional players. It’s an argument I tend to agree with.

There’s an addition to that argument that’s been made with surprising frequency lately: that the problem lies in the Oilers’ professional scouting department. While I don’t know if that’s true or not, it isn’t an argument that I find especially compelling.

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Is Steve Tambellini the right man to craft Edmonton’s next Stanley Cup Champion?

Jonathan Willis
June 06 2012 02:15PM

My reaction to the news of Steve Tambellini’s extension yesterday was mild disappointment. Mild because the Oilers have been telegraphing this move for months and it seemed inevitable long ago. Disappointment because I think it’s the wrong decision.

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Colin Fraser: A Fourth-Liner For All Teams

Jonathan Willis
June 06 2012 09:40AM

There are three former members of the Edmonton Oilers playing for Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Finals that have received a lot of attention. Dustin Penner, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene are all depth players in L.A., but they play important roles and have significant value as NHL’ers.

Getting a lot less attention is a fourth ex-Oiler: Colin Fraser.

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What would it take for the Leafs to land Yakupov and Galchenyuk?

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2012 10:20PM

Earlier today, we ran an interview between Andrey Osadchenko and Igor Larionov on this site. Larionov is the agent for two of 2012’s top draft prospects – Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk – and among other things he made the interesting suggestion that the Leafs might attempt to land both players (who are also teammates in Sarnia).

Is it possible?

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