2015-16 Oilers: That’s a lot of money for a fourth line that isn’t very good

Jonathan Willis
May 16 2016 09:00AM


For much of 2015-16, the Edmonton Oilers ran three pricey veterans together on a regular bottom-six line. The trio of Matt Hendricks, Mark Letestu and Lauri Korpikoski made $6.35 million in actual salary and carried a $6.15 million cap hit, more than Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle or Andrej Sekera are paid individually.

It’s hard to argue that the team got its money’s worth from the trio.

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Garth Snow and the 2008 Draft

Jonathan Willis
May 14 2016 09:00AM

Garth Snow

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has made it clear that he’s willing to discuss trades involving his team’s No. 4 overall pick at this summer’s NHL Draft. For the most part, he has suggested trading down, rather than trading out entirely, and if that’s the plan it’s helpful to look back at what Garth Snow and the New York Islanders did in 2008.

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WWYDW: Signing Jason Demers

Jonathan Willis
May 11 2016 05:26PM

There aren’t a lot of free agents on the market this summer who might plausibly address the Edmonton Oilers’ weakness at right defence, but Jason Demers is one of them. A long-time member of the San Jose Sharks under current Edmonton coach Todd McLellan, Demers has been the No. 4 defenceman for the Dallas Stars in the postseason and will be in action against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Is he a player the Oilers should consider signing?

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Exploiting Cap Hell: Detroit Red Wings Edition

Jonathan Willis
May 11 2016 09:00AM

Ken Holland

For the second year in a row, it appears that NHL teams living close to the salary cap are in for a difficult season. We don’t have a final salary cap number yet and won’t until the NHLPA decides what it wants to do with is escalator option, but it’s reasonable to expect something between the current level of $71.4 million and a possible high of $74 million.

For a lot of teams, that means trouble. For clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, it might mean opportunity. Today’s potential target: the Detroit Red Wings.

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Travis Hamonic comes off the market

Jonathan Willis
May 10 2016 10:45AM

It appears that Travis Hamonic, the best right-shooting defenceman who was definitely in play via trade, is now off the market. It's fantastic news for the New York Islanders, but for anybody looking for help on the blue line this is unfortunate.

That list most definitely includes the Edmonton Oilers.

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