Accountability & Justin Schultz

Jonathan Willis
December 08 2014 12:09PM

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The Edmonton Oilers won a hockey game for the first time in a dozen tries on Sunday night, and it was a game that had some interesting points. One of the most notable was Justin Schultz’s ice time; he played just 13:14 on the team’s third-pairing as head coach Dallas Eakins leaned heavily on his top two pairings.

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GDB 27.0: The Dirty Dozen?

Jonathan Willis
December 07 2014 12:53PM

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The San Jose Sharks should be a vulnerable team. They played last night in Calgary, requiring a third-period goal from Patrick Marleau and a fantastic performance from Antti Niemi to squeak out a 3-2 win. They come to Edmonton tired, and backup goalie Alex Stalock, who hasn’t played since November, is expected to start.

On the other hand the Oilers have lost 11 straight games and if recent history is any guide making it an even dozen is well within the realm of possibility.

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Edmonton Oilers pass on Kyle Chipchura

Jonathan Willis
December 06 2014 10:30AM

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It seemed so obvious. Right there, available for nothing on the waiver wire, was a useful fourth line centre with zero acquisition cost. Instead, Kyle Chipchura will remain in Arizona after going unclaimed by the NHL's other 29 teams.

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Let’s talk about how this terrible Oilers team is all Craig MacTavish’s fault

Jonathan Willis
December 05 2014 11:08PM

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Craig MacTavish’s press conference on Friday pleased very few people; he promised off the top that nobody was going to be satisfied by it and he delivered.

One of the prickliest moments came when the general manager was lumped in by a reporter with Kevin Lowe and Scott Howson as part of the management team that has run the Oilers into the ground. MacTavish argued that he’d been on the job less than two years; in the aftermath a number of writers have since doubled down on the claim that he’s been one of those primarily responsible for destroying the team.

Who is right?

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UFA Goaltenders

Jonathan Willis
December 02 2014 12:00PM

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Of all the problems the Edmonton Oilers have had this season – and yes, they have been myriad – the struggles of goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth should sit at the top of the list. Craig MacTavish compared this year’s team to the 2005-06 edition of the Oilers over the summer; what nobody realized was that he meant Conkkanen was going to rear its ugly head once again.

That’s why it’s interesting that there are two quality NHL goaltenders still sitting on the market as unrestricted free agents.

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