Blues’ blunder likely ends possibility of trade with Edmonton

Jonathan Willis
July 10 2014 02:14PM

Remember all of those optimistic columns about a potential trade between Edmonton and St. Louis for the No. 2/3 centre the Oilers would love to add?

There was a complication on Thursday, as the Blues lost the excellent Vladimir Sobotka to the KHL, potentially for the next three seasons.

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The Defencemen of the 2011 Draft

Jonathan Willis
July 09 2014 08:44PM

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One of the items not often commented on in the enthusiasm over the reworked Oilers defensive depth chart is the lack of established call-up options behind Oscar Klefbom. Edmonton is going to be leaning on the kids if injuries strike, and disproportionately those kids were taken in the 2011 Draft.

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Don’t Expect a Massive Payday for Justin Schultz

Jonathan Willis
July 08 2014 02:19AM

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Taylor Hall got $6.0 million per season coming out of his entry-level contract. So did Jordan Eberle. So did Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

By the sounds of it, Justin Schultz will not be joining the club.

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Mark Fayne and Murderer’s Row

Jonathan Willis
July 06 2014 05:00PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have made a pile of moves this summer, but the addition of Mark Fayne to an often overmatched defence corps might be the biggest.

He has something of a track record against good players.

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Justin Schultz, Jeff Petry take a pass on salary arbitration

Jonathan Willis
July 05 2014 04:36PM

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One of the interesting wrinkles in the contract negotiations between defencemen Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry was that the players had the right to take the team to arbitration, a right that had to be exercised by 5:00 PM New York time on July 5 if a hearing was to take place.

In an interesting bit of non-news, neither player was among the 20 listed by the NHLPA as filing for arbitration.

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