On Eager and Hordichuk

Jonathan Willis
July 04 2011 07:59PM

The Oilers had an unexpectedly busy time of things on July 1. I’ve already considered in detail the excellent signing of Eric Belanger, as well as the reworking of their defensive corps, but I haven’t looked in depth at the signings of Ben Eager and Darcy Hordichuk to this point. I think it’s time to change that.

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Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 09:11PM

Free agency is a time generally reserved for welcoming new players into the fold, as the Oilers and Canucks did, or for being excited about the possibility of signing a true difference maker, as fans of the Flames and Leafs can be tonight.

Still, it’s also a time for departure, and each of the four cities in the Nation Network lost at least one player to another team today.

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Busy Day: Smid, Souray and Fraser (Updated)

Jonathan Willis
June 30 2011 05:48PM

‘Twas the day before free agency, and for the Oilers it was a busy one. First came news that the team had inked pending restricted free agent Ladislav Smid to a two-year contract. This was followed by the announcement that Sheldon Souray had been placed on unconditional waivers for the purposes of buying out his contract. Then we learned that Colin Fraser, freshly traded to Los Angeles in the Smyth deal, is seriously injured and will require surgery – leaving Kings’ G.M. Dean Lombardi miffed and a question mark on what happens next.

Steve Tambellini is slated to address these issues at a press conference any minute now.

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Track Record: Acquiring Players Outside The Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2011 11:20PM

I think it is fair to say that the majority of Oilers fans have been thrilled with the team’s performance at the draft table. Taylor Hall might be the headliner, but the ensemble of young players the Oilers have collected the last few years stacks up well against most anyone in the league.

Away from the draft table, the results have been less impressive. A glance at the Oilers roster reveals an assortment of players acquired by other means, and for the most part it is not a list that inspires one with confidence.

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Marchant Retires, Along With Other Stories

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2011 07:08PM

Former Oiler Todd Marchant announced his retirement earlier today. After more than 1000 games in the best league in the world, Marchant will move directly into the position of Director of Player Development for the Anaheim Ducks.

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