Jason Gregor
July 24 2012 11:36AM

Yesterday Scott Howson joined a long list of GMs who were forced to trade away a star player and then be criticized because they didn't get enough in return. Make no mistake Howson was dealing from a position of weakness. The minute a star player's trade demands go public his value goes down.

Some were comparing the Mike Richards trade to Nash, but  they aren't the same. Richards didn't ask to be dealt and that's why Paul Holmgren was able to get Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, but the Kings still won that deal.

When you trade the best player it is hard not to lose the trade, and even though Nash isn't a superstar, the Rangers won the deal. The only way the deal will even out is if Tim Erixon turns into a top-two defender, or the late first rounder develops into someone similar to Jordan Eberle.

But is Howson done dealing?

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July 23 2012 10:43PM

The Edmonton Oilers have been blessed with some of the finest teenagers on the planet these last three years. NHL equivalencies courtesy Gabriel Desjardins has offered clues each summer about the cold winter evenings and the young men who would score at a worthy clip. What do the Desjardins' NHLE's suggest for this season?

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Robin Brownlee
July 23 2012 09:06AM

"General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract." Oh, thank goodness. It was starting to look dicey . . .

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Jason Gregor
July 22 2012 10:40PM

In 2011 it looked like Theo Peckham had solidified himself a regular spot on the Oilers blueline. In 71 games he'd scored three goals and 13 points and racked up 198 PIMs, but most importantly he was reliable defensively and physical. When Peckham is on his game, he makes smart, simple plays, kills penalties and is only noticeable when he hits someone.

He was like that in 2011, but last season he wasn't the same player.

I chatted with Peckham last week about regaining that form, overcoming the fight with Nathan Horton, his conditioning, Ralph Krueger and his love of paintball and cheeseburgers.

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July 22 2012 07:59PM

The Edmonton Oilers began July 1st like a house on fire, but cooled off quickly. Oiler fans are thrilled with the summer so far (or most are) but there's work to be done. Is this the week something happens?

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