In Praise of a Cheap Fourth Line

Jonathan Willis
February 22 2016 01:40PM


The real importance of a good fourth line is debatable. This is particularly true on a team coached by Todd McLellan, who at times has shown a tendency to lean heavily on three sets of forwards.

What everyone can agree on, though, is that a cheap fourth line is preferable to an expensive one. Given the thin margins that teams operate under, being able to save money on depth pieces can be extremely important.

That takes us to the subjects of this piece: Mark Letestu, Lauri Korpikoski, Anton Lander and Iiro Pakarinen.

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Jordan Oesterle up, Nikita Nikitin down

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2016 04:57PM


After just one game back with the Edmonton Oilers, Nikita Nikitin is once again heading back to the minor leagues. On Sunday the Oilers announced that the veteran rearguard had been reassigned, and at the same time named his replacement on the roster. That honour goes to 23-year-old Jordan Oesterle, who has 22 points in 39 games with the Bakersfield Condors. 

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Would Sami Vatanen actually be a good fit in Edmonton?

Jonathan Willis
February 20 2016 07:00AM

By now Sami Vatanen should be a familiar name for fans of the Edmonton Oilers. He belongs to a select group: quality right-shooting defencemen who might plausibly be available in trade. Along with Travis Hamonic, Kevin Shattenkirk and one or two others, Vatanen is frequently mentioned as a possible solution to Edmonton’s woes at the position.

Is he actually a good fit?

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P.K. Subban?

Jonathan Willis
February 19 2016 11:00AM

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P.K. Subban, once again. is at the centre of controversy. And once again, it's the fault of his head coach, Michel Therrien, who made a point of putting the blame for the club's latest loss on Subban's shoulders.

Now, there are reports that the Canadiens have gauged Subban's trade value on the open market.

Could the 26-year-old right shot defenceman actually be traded? And if so, is there any better fit than Edmonton?

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All Your Recalls Are Belong to Nikitin

Jonathan Willis
February 18 2016 09:14AM


Nikita Nikitin is back with the Edmonton Oilers. The team recalled the veteran defenceman on Wednesday.

The only question is: Why?

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