Lander and Horak and Phaneuf

Jonathan Willis
May 14 2014 01:00PM

Anton Lander re-signed with the Oilers, Roman Horak headed overseas, and there are rumours flying that the Toronto Maple Leafs would like to trade Dion Phaneuf to the Western Conference.

Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to head out of town.

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Todd Nelson’s Options

Jonathan Willis
May 07 2014 08:33PM

Todd Nelson

We’ve talked at length on this site about the possibility of Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson getting a promotion to the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching staff. What we haven’t spent much time considering is what might happen if he isn’t moved up to Edmonton.

As I see it, there’s a pretty good chance that nothing happens.

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The Old Boys’ Club

Jonathan Willis
May 06 2014 01:33AM

Old Boys

One of the most commonly cited critiques that the management of the Edmonton Oilers (at this site and elsewhere) is the perception of it as an old boys’ club. In some ways that’s fair, in others it ignores NHL reality.

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

Jonathan Willis
May 03 2014 04:28PM


If there is a constant to the Edmonton Oilers failures post-Chris Pronger, it is the team’s unique ability to fritter away useful hockey players for nothing or close to nothing. One of those players, Kyle Brodziak, is currently plying his trade in the second round of the playoffs for the Minnesota Wild.

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Scott Howson’s Old Haunts

Jonathan Willis
May 02 2014 12:10PM

Howson, Scott

The Columbus Blue Jackets have just completed the best season in franchise history, and beat writer Aaron Portzline is reporting that there is reason to believe the team plans to be “very active” on the trade front as their offseason commences.

That could be good news for Edmonton, since few teams are better fits for the Oilers as a trading partner. Further, with former Jackets GM Scott Howson now Craig MacTavish’s top lieutenant, Edmonton is in a unique situation to evaluate the opposition club.

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