Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson still in the running for NHL job in Carolina

Jonathan Willis
June 17 2014 12:26PM

Todd Nelson

It’s been known for a week that Oilers farm coach Todd Nelson was being considered for the vacant NHL head coaching position in Carolina. On Tuesday, TSN’s Darren Dreger revealed that he was still in the running for that job.

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Three Forwards

Jonathan Willis
June 17 2014 09:14AM

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Craig MacTavish talked to Terry Jones over the weekend, telling the Edmonton Sun columnist that he plans to add 4-5 players, with one or two coming from trade and the remainder through free agency. After eliminating the two defensive positions he specifically mentioned, that means we’re looking at 2-3 new forwards for the 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers.

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Edmonton Oilers sign Iiro Pakarinen

Jonathan Willis
June 16 2014 02:47AM

Pakarinen

The Oilers added a name to their 50-man list on Sunday, signing Finnish winger Iiro Pakarinen. Who is he, and what does he add to the group?

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Dustin Byfuglien, Person of Interest?

Jonathan Willis
June 14 2014 11:43PM

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Big Dustin Byfuglien has been a fixture in trade rumours the last few years, and a favoured whipping boy of the Winnipeg press. I’ve said before that he’d be a fantastic fit on the Oilers’ blue line, but the people who run the team don’t spend a lot of time asking me for my view of Edmonton’s defence corps.

But I bet they talk to new defensive coach Craig Ramsay about it, and few NHL coaches could speak as authoritatively about Byfuglien’s utility on the back end.

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Michal Handzus is not the answer. He isn’t close to the answer. The answer doesn’t take his calls.

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2014 09:07AM

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector had an article up on Thursday (h/t Lowetide) in which he considered the Oilers’ off-season plans through the lens of a discussion with Craig MacTavish. It’s a good piece, but the suggested additions range from the adequate to the truly horrifying.

In the last category is Michal Handzus.

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