Jason Gregor
May 29 2012 08:18PM

It sounds like you can cross one name off the list of potential candidates to replace Tom Renney. I spoke with OKC Barons head coach Todd Nelson on my show this afternoon, and his response to my question about his current coaching situation made it sound like he really wants to be back in OKC next year.

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Big Decisions: Drafting Devan Dubnyk

Jonathan Willis
May 29 2012 05:47PM

It is sometimes forgotten now, but the consensus back in 2004 was that the Edmonton Oilers were taking a real risk in selecting Devan Dubnyk 14th overall.

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Picking the winner of the Stanley Cup Finals

Jonathan Willis
May 29 2012 02:46PM

So far, these playoffs have defied prediction, as our playoff prediction contest tends to demonstrate. Interestingly though, there seems to be a very clear favourite in the series between Los Angeles and New Jersey.

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Jason Gregor
May 29 2012 12:12PM

Ryan Smyth wants to play in Edmonton, and the Oilers would love to have him, but from where I sit the deal that makes sense for both parties is a one-year deal. Both sides confirmed to me that the Oilers offered Smyth a two-year deal around the trade deadline. The money was north of Todd Bertuzzi's $4 million over two year pact. Smyth's camp countered with a two-year deal worth more than the Oilers offer.

Neither side was interested in the other's offer and since then there hasn't been much progress. With the way Teemu Hartikainen played after the deadlie and in the AHL playoffs, and wanting to have a spot for Magnus Paajarvi, I doubt a two-year deal will be on the table anymore.

A one-year deal can solve the stalemate.

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Jason Strudwick
May 29 2012 08:29AM

Fans and media alike are always wanting to know about "The Plan" for the Oilers. Does the team have a plan? What is The Plan? Why won't Steve Tambellini tell us The Plan? There is a strong feeling that it is a right of theirs to know the answers to these questions.

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