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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Edmonton Oilers extend Steve Pinizzotto

Jonathan Willis
June 12 2014 12:37PM

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The Oilers made a depth signing on Thursday, inking pending unrestricted free agent Steve Pinizzotto to a one-year contract.

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Oilers hire Craig Ramsay as an assistant coach; Kelly Buchberger re-assigned

Jonathan Willis
June 10 2014 12:58PM

Dallas Eakins 11

After seemingly endless speculation, the Edmonton Oilers have made moves that change the face of their coaching staff.

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