The Things I Like About Ralph Krueger

Jonathan Willis
February 16 2013 11:51AM

When the Edmonton Oilers decided to hire Ralph Krueger to replace Tom Renney as head coach, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, they knew Krueger better than any of the external candidates, and Krueger’s résumé was excellent (if unconventional). On the other hand, my preferred choice was Jon Cooper for a variety of reasons.

I still like Cooper, but I’ve been very impressed by Krueger so far.

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Why the Edmonton Oilers should *not* offer-sheet Ryan O’Reilly

Jonathan Willis
February 14 2013 12:01PM

Ryan O’Reilly is a very good player locked in a contract dispute with a division rival. Not only that, but his skill-set as a two-way centre who kills penalties, wins faceoffs and drives play in the right direction is a great fit for the Oilers’ organizational needs.

Despite that, they shouldn’t offer the restricted free agent an offer sheet.

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The course is set

Jonathan Willis
February 13 2013 10:21AM

Thirteen games in, the Edmonton Oilers season has not unfolded as brilliantly as those optimistic about the team would have hoped.

If the team is to improve, however, it will likely need to do so from within.

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Dustin Penner: On the trade market again

Jonathan Willis
February 12 2013 08:04AM

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It looks like once again Dustin Penner has fallen into disfavor. The 6’4” winger has played in just four of Los Angeles’ 11 games this season, and his name is starting to crop up in trade rumours.

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Best of the Nation – 2.10.13

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2013 09:31AM

Lots of good stuff after the jump – trades and transactions, NHL expansion, Craig MacTavish on his old team in Vancouver, Olympic speculation and more. Plus – a special look at the (highly impressive) results of our Jets Nation casting call.

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