Buying Out Shawn Horcoff

Jonathan Willis
January 27 2012 10:23AM

‘Time heals all wounds’ is a truism that’s typically related to deep personal hurt – the death of a loved one, infidelity, that sort of thing. Yet, it also works when it comes to bad contracts and the NHL, assuming the people handing out bad contracts have the ability to shell out money taken away from them.

Take, for instance, the Shawn Horcoff contract, often viewed as something of a millstone around the Oilers’ collective neck. At this point, it probably doesn’t matter.

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Hard Times Come Again No More

January 27 2012 07:59AM

 I am here to tell you that the only way the Edmonton Oilers pick first is in a "Chicago gets Kane" style lottery upset.

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Robin Brownlee
January 26 2012 01:49PM

What are the chances Ales Hemsky and Nikolai Khabibulin are moved by the Edmonton Oilers by the NHL trade deadline? I don't know for sure, but their names came up in a conversation today between two people I trust, so I'm paying attention.

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Development and the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
January 26 2012 01:32PM

One of the things that Steve Tambellini has been getting credit for (including from yours truly) is the resurgence of the Oilers’ farm system under his watch. Long a wasteland under the previous administration, this year the Oilers’ farm team is first in the American Hockey League. It’s an important change, and one the current group deserves credit for.

However, there’s a big difference between running a good AHL team and being good at developing players. The Oilers are showing signs of the first but they have yet to prove anything’s changed on the second front.

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Projecting the Blue

January 25 2012 05:14PM

Based on age and skill, there will be significant turnover on the blue for the Edmonton Oilers in the next 24 months. Based on the sheer number of defensemen drafted and procured since 2010 summer, there's a trainload of defensemen coming soon. How soon will these kids arrive?

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