The Goaltending, Going Forward

Jonathan Willis
February 09 2012 10:18AM

Along with the major questions on the back end, the Edmonton Oilers do have some concerns in net. Nikolai Khabibulin has one year left on his contract, but his age and general performance since joining the Oilers make it clear that he won’t be the starter on a contending Edmonton team. Devan Dubnyk has youth and has shown flashes, but not everyone is confident in his ability to be a starter for a contending team, period.

Should the Oilers be worried about their goaltending?

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Tom Renney Won’t Dress Andy Sutton. Cam Barker Can Fix That.

Jonathan Willis
February 08 2012 09:41PM

Sometimes, things are so bad that they’re worth revisiting again, in detail. Such was the case with Cam Barker’s game against Detroit, coming on the heels of a miserable outing versus the Maple Leafs.

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Corey Potter Has Been A Different Man Since Injury

Jonathan Willis
February 07 2012 08:22AM

Corey Potter was one of the feel good stories of the early season for the Edmonton Oilers. A long-time minor league journeyman caught the break in Edmonton he never seemed able to catch under Tom Renney in New York. With the Oilers’ defense crippled by injury and inferior talent before training camp even opened, Potter took advantage of the opportunity and established himself as one of the team’s better options in the early going. It was enough to earn Potter the first one-way contract of his career, a two-year deal worth $775,000 per season.

Unfortunately, by eye Potter’s play has fallen off lately. What has his game looked like statistically?

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Anthony Stewart, Andrew Murray and Zach Hamill on Waivers Today

Jonathan Willis
February 06 2012 11:27AM

As per Bob McKenzie, a trio of players with NHL experience are on the waiver wire today. Are any of them particularly interesting?

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Breaking the Oilers Down By Age

Jonathan Willis
February 05 2012 06:56PM

The Edmonton Oilers are a team struggling to pull themselves out of the NHL basement. Management has committed to a long-term rebuild, and that means that many of the older players playing significant roles now – including the team’s (arguably) starting goaltender and their two big-minute forwards – probably won’t be when the team is eventually ready to contend for a playoff spot.

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