The Forwards

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2010 01:44PM

TORONTO - MARCH 7:  Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at Air Canada Centre on March 7, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Over at his other place, Lowetide has been spending the last few weeks going through the Oilers’ forwards and establishing benchmarks for the performance of each of them. He does it every summer, and then reviews those projections throughout the year. Because his estimates are conservative, as a rule they get argued with when they’re made and then start looking better and better as the season goes on.

His final list of the Oilers forwards went up today, and it’s a roster that screams one thing: this is another rebuilding year.

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That Troublesome Third Line

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2010 06:50PM

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Fernando Pisani #34 of the Edmonton Oilers passes the puck against the Anaheim Ducks on October 15, 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Oilers won 3-2.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the departure of Fernando Pisani to Chicago – a departure well covered by Lowetide here and Ben Massey here – the Oilers have one fewer option to plug one of their holes on the third line.

In my opinion, it’s just as well; a Pisani signing would have been more a nod to sentiment than pragmatism. As much as Pisani is a player I loved to see in an Oilers’ uniform, if Steve Tambellini is going to bolster his team’s bottom six, he really ought to be looking at players who could be useful a few years down the road.

Who, exactly?

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The Dubnyk Selection

Jonathan Willis
August 16 2010 01:48PM

DALLAS - APRIL 02: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Devan Dubnyk wasn’t the first player on the radar for the Oilers at the 2004 NHL Draft. He wasn’t the second or third player, either. And it’s easy to forget now, but at the time the Oilers were criticized in a few different places for the selection – because Dubnyk wasn’t considered the best goaltender available at 14th overall.

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Oilers Sign Martin Gerber (Updated)

Jonathan Willis
August 07 2010 10:08AM

May 17, 2010 - Mannheim, DEUTSCHLAND - DER SCHWEIZER TORWART MARTIN GERBER (L) WIRFT SICH DEM NORWEGER MATS ZUCCARELLO AASEN ENTGEGEN BEIM 3:2 SIEG NORWEGENS GEGEN DIE SCHWEIZ BEI DER EISHOCKEY-WM IN MANNHEIM./ 170510 / 2010 / MANNHEIM / DEUTSCHLAND / EUROPA / SPO / EISHOCKEY / WM2010 / WELTMEISTERSCHAFT / ZWISCHENRUNDE / GRUPPE F / NORWEGEN VS SCHWEIZ 3:2 / NOR VS SUI / EISHOCKEYSPIELER / NATIONALSPIELER / AKTION / SPIELSZENE..ICEHOCKEY WORLD CUP IN MANNHEIM, GERMANY, NORWAY VS SWITZERLAND 3:2.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltending situation got a little more confused earlier today, when they brought NHL veteran Martin Gerber home after a one-year exile to the KHL. Gerber has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $500,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL.

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Two Sites Dedicated To The Downtown Arena

Jonathan Willis
August 06 2010 07:30AM

With the downtown arena issue a hot-button topic in Edmonton and especially for fans of the Edmonton Oilers, it isn’t surprising to see websites cropping up specifically dedicated to advocating for or against the downtown arena.

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