March 01 2015 03:01PM
The writing has been on the wall for a while with respect to Keith Aulie. The Oilers’ No. 7 defenceman for much of the year has seen himself passed on the team depth chart by prospect Martin Marincin, and twice in the past week has sat in favour of Oklahoma City call-up Jordan Oesterle.
On Sunday, Edmonton placed the defenceman on waivers.
February 28 2015 11:35AM
Saturday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues marks Edmonton’s final game before the NHL trade deadline on Monday. When the club next plays, on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings, the debates and the speculation about trades will have passed and we’ll have a clearer idea of what Craig MacTavish has planned for the summer and the ammunition at his disposal.
February 26 2015 07:10PM
Zachary Fucale is a pretty famous goalie prospect. A second-round pick by Montreal in 2013, he has twice represented Canada at the World Juniors and was projected as a potential NHL starter in his draft year.
According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, the Canadiens are willing to deal him and the Oilers just might be interested.
February 25 2015 05:54PM
The trade deadline is a high point of every hockey season, one of those rare moments down the stretch where fans of all 30 NHL teams really have a good reason to pay attention. The best teams add players; frequently enough, so do clubs in the middle of the pack. At the other end of the spectrum, the worst teams load up on draft picks and prospects and (sometimes) even sign pending free agents rather than renting them off to the highest bidder.
So, for this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask how our readers would handle the deadline.
February 22 2015 08:51PM
Thanks in large part to the dramatic fall of the Canadian dollar, next year’s NHL salary cap is not expected to leave high-payroll teams with a lot of breathing room. The expectation is that this summer will see numerous teams – most notably the Chicago Blackhawks – unload salary to allow compliance with a restrictive cap.
Which means that for teams with cap space and assets, this summer and fall is likely to afford an opportunity to do the kind of thing the New York Islanders did so effectively last fall: Extract good NHL players for futures plus the cost of their contracts.