Oilers assign three to the AHL

Jonathan Willis
January 24 2016 11:06AM


A day after his return to the AHL, Griffin Reinhart is bound for the AHL. Going with him are defenceman Brad Hunt and winger Zack Kassian.

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Reinhart recalled; Davidson to IR

Jonathan Willis
January 22 2016 09:32AM


There's been yet another injury on the Oilers blue line. On Friday, Edmonton announced that it had placed rearguard Brandon Davidson on injured reserve. Taking his spot on the roster is Griffin Reinhart, freshly recalled from the AHL. 

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Damning Mark Fayne With Faint Praise

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2016 11:00AM


It’s fair to say that Mark Fayne is a limited hockey player. He’s big but not a bone-crusher. He’s a defensive specialist, and lacks either high-end mobility or a robust passing game. He’s often cited as an example of Craig MacTavish’s poor contract work as general manager.

Despite those flaws there is at least one point in his favour. As he did in New Jersey, he’s shown of late in Edmonton that he can be an effective part of a shutdown pairing that plays brutally tough minutes, as long as his partner is a capable puck-mover. That’s something that has value on the Oilers’ blue line.

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WWYDW: Is it time to replace Anders Nilsson with Laurent Brossoit?

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2016 09:00AM


Faced with the second half of back-to-back games on Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan decided to give backup goalie Anders Nilsson a start. Nilsson was shelled, allowing five goals on 30 shots; it was the eighth consecutive game in which his save percentage came in under 0.900.

In this week’s WWYDW, we ask whether it’s time to turn to prospect Laurent Brossoit to address the position.

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Oilers re-sign Cam Talbot

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2016 09:01AM


It looks like Cam Talbot has done enough to be entrusted with goaltending duties in Edmonton over the long haul. As per multiple reports Sunday morning, the club has given the pending free agent a contract extension, for three years and with an annual value just over 4.0 million. 

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