The Edmonton Oilers and the Expansion Draft

Jonathan Willis
March 17 2016 12:30PM

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Over the last few days, details have emerged about how an expansion draft would work for teams entering the NHL in 2017-18. It’s important to get these details ironed out now, so that general managers can enter this summer with an idea of how they need to structure their teams to protect key pieces.

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WWYDW: Free Agent Decisions

Jonathan Willis
March 16 2016 07:00AM


The Edmonton Oilers are, to nobody’s great surprise, playing in games at this point which are likely to be all-but-meaningless in the long term. There’s a chance for the coaches to try some things, for players to make one last case for major-league employment, and for a face-saving run which would improve the record, but the playoffs are not attainable and these last 10 games represent the end of the line for the 2015-16 season in Edmonton.

With that in mind, our focus turns toward the summer, and to the decisions the Oilers will need to make. In this week’s edition of WWYDW, we look at players on expiring contracts, and ask our readers which ones they would retain and which ones they would walk on July 1.

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Adam Pardy's Audition

Jonathan Willis
March 15 2016 03:30PM


When Adam Pardy was claimed off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline, it reflected more than a desire to add a warm body for the remainder of the year. Rather, the Oilers wanted to give the pending free agent an audition with an eye toward adding him to next season’s roster.

If there had been any doubt of that, Oilers coach Todd McLellan erased it with his comments on Tuesday.

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Tom Renney, Todd McLellan and Stability

Jonathan Willis
March 13 2016 01:32PM

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It was a good day when the Edmonton Oilers hired Todd McLellan to be the team’s head coach. It isn't just that McLellan is a good head coach, though he is. It's also because he’s an established coach. Unlike most of his predecessors, he’s not likely to be fired if the team strings two bad seasons together.

He has the kind of staying power his predecessors lacked.

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WWYDW: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2016 03:15PM

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In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we’re going to start with a simple assumption: The Edmonton Oilers are going to trade one of their expensive forwards, both to land a quality defenceman and with an eye to the club’s long-term salary cap health. This assumption may or not be true, but it is plausible and we're making it for the purpose of this exercise. 

Our question to you: Which one should it be?

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