August 22 2014 11:42AM
There are exactly two holdovers from the Edmonton Oilers blue line that Craig MacTavish inherited when he ascended to the team’s general managership. One is a young defenceman who he helped recruit and who has routinely been lumped in with the best young players on the roster.
The other if Jeff Petry, a pending unrestricted free agent playing on a one-year deal. Would it surprise anyone if Petry were to find himself representing another NHL team before the end of next season?
August 21 2014 07:00AM
There was no shortage of jokes on Wednesday that the NHL’s fancy new draft lottery rules were a direct result of the Oilers’ unmatched ability to land No. 1 picks.
That’s debatable. What isn’t debatable is that the timing of the change could not possibly be better for Edmonton.
August 20 2014 09:59AM
Despite this, Aulie has to be the odds-on favourite to make next season’s team, with Klefbom likely ticketed for the minor leagues.
August 19 2014 07:00AM
As the summer drags on, Justin Schultz’s status as a restricted free agent has become increasingly conspicuous. All of the Oilers’ other in-house business seems to be done, leaving Schultz as the last item on the internal to-do list.
Is a one-year deal the way to resolve the situation?
August 18 2014 09:12AM
Toni Rajala was this close to being a success story.
The 2009 fourth round draft pick passed hurdle after hurdle, and then left before even really challenging the final one.