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


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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David Musil: On Track

Jonathan Willis
June 08 2014 12:10PM

These days it’s fashionable to hammer on David Musil as a prospect, and it’s easy to understand why. There were a lot of good players available in the second round of the 2011 Draft – among others, Tomas Jurco in Detroit, Boone Jenner in Columbus, Brandon Saad in Chicago.

But there needs to be a line drawn between the scouting process – identifying the best player at that draft position – and the player himself. David Musil’s a pretty good prospect, and his rookie season in Oklahoma City leaves lots of reason for optimism.

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Let Him Go

Jonathan Willis
June 05 2014 03:32PM


There aren’t a lot of players in the NHL I enjoy watching more than Ales Hemsky. He’s a sublime talent who can do magic things with the puck, and as he showed following his trade to Ottawa he still has plenty left in the tank. He was a good soldier in Edmonton – he accepted the third line role in 2013-14 and did pretty well in it – and I have no idea what game the people who think he’s soft were watching.

That doesn’t mean he’s going to come back to Edmonton, or even that it’s a good idea in theory.

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