Ten Points: Would the Oilers have been better off waiting?

Jonathan Willis
November 20 2012 01:16PM

1. Would the Oilers have been better off signing Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle in the new CBA? This is a question I ask myself all the time, and we won’t really have an answer for it until we see the new agreement and players comparable to Hall and Eberle start signing new deals.

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Jason Gregor
November 20 2012 11:10AM

While the NHL and NHLPA continue battling over money, Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini has been touring the world watching Oilers players and some of his best prospects. The GM had some interesting things to say about Justin Schultz as well as some disappointing news regarding a few Oiler-related injuries.

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Robin Brownlee
November 19 2012 11:42PM

Hockey fans north of the 49th parallel might say they're mad as hell and they aren't going to take it from Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr any more – that they won’t return even when NHL hockey eventually does -- but TEAM 1260 talk show host Jason Strudwick isn't buying it.

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The Oklahoma City Barons: Injuries and Call-ups

Jonathan Willis
November 19 2012 02:43PM

Last weekend’s games against Norfolk ended up being costly for both the Admirals and the Barons. News came today that Tyler Pitlick and Tanner House are both concussed, and that Antti Tyrvainen has a broken wrist. The Barons have responded to the injuries by calling up Toni Rajala, Philippe Cornet and Cam Abney.

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Jason Gregor
November 19 2012 10:46AM

This was Steve Tambellini moments after winning the 2012 draft lottery, and since then he's added two important pieces to what he hopes will eventually be a playoff puzzle. He took Nail Yakupov first overall on June 22nd, added Justin Schultz on July 1st and along with Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins they are the future core of the Oilers.

If the Oilers are going to be more than playoff contenders on paper, Tambellini will need to look at moving any of the other young Oiler prospects once the lockout is over.

Stockpiling prospects is imperative for any successful organization, but most won't end up playing for the Oilers, so if Tambellini can acquire proven NHL talent in exchange for a prospect or two, he needs to make that move. The question is if he will have any cap space to make a few significant moves.

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