Travis Hamonic comes off the market

Jonathan Willis
May 10 2016 10:45AM

It appears that Travis Hamonic, the best right-shooting defenceman who was definitely in play via trade, is now off the market. It's fantastic news for the New York Islanders, but for anybody looking for help on the blue line this is unfortunate.

That list most definitely includes the Edmonton Oilers.

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2015-16 Oilers: The Connor McDavid Line

Jonathan Willis
May 06 2016 03:25PM


Connor McDavid was brilliant as a rookie in 2015-16 and anybody paying attention knows it.

What many don’t realize is how much his linemates mattered, and which linemates he actually clicked with. The conventional wisdom about which players he had success with in 2015-16 is almost entirely wrong.

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A Draft Day Blueprint

Jonathan Willis
May 03 2016 07:00AM

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The NHL Entry Draft tends to be exciting not just because of the young players available for selection to the league’s 30 member clubs, but also because it’s a sort of unofficial summer trade deadline. There’s a clock on each of those draft picks, and each general manager has to decide whether to spend them on young prospects or trade them for immediate help.

A year ago, Edmonton decided to cash in a lot of its picks for immediate help. It would surprise absolutely nobody if the Oilers did so once again.

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Exploiting Cap Hell: Chicago Blackhawks Edition

Jonathan Willis
May 01 2016 08:06PM

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For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.

For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the Chicago Blackhawks.

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#MakeitFive Live Coverage

Jonathan Willis
April 30 2016 04:30PM

Draft Lottery

The NHL Draft Lottery may be a poor substitute for playoff hockey, but for the last decade it is pretty much all that fans of the Edmonton Oilers have had to cheer for.

However, while the on-ice results have not been kind to Edmonton, the off-ice ones certainly have. Four times in the last six years, the Oilers have won the draft lottery and the right to select first overall; at this point, the team is basically a lottery dynasty.

On Saturday night, the team tries to #MakeItFive.

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