Tracers: Normand Lacombe

May 16 2011 07:25AM

This is Norm Lacombe. He was the subject of one of the NHL's biggest trades at the March, 1987 deadline. Edmonton sent two veterans--Mark Napier and Lee Fogolin--to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Lacombe and a minor leaguer, plus future considerations. Looking back on his career and the boxcar numbers, one might ask what all the fuss was about in regard to Lacombe. Why did the Oilers deal two veterans for Lacombe? The answer after the click.

Read Article | 14 Comments

Preview of Coming Attractions

May 15 2011 08:59AM

The World Hockey Championships end today, opening the door for free agent signings. The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly active this spring--good news for Oiler fans.

Read Article | 65 Comments

Early 30

May 14 2011 01:56PM

On the day he was drafted, Ales Hemsky was 6.00, 170. The WHL site lists Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as 6.0, 164. The two players--both highly skilled and perhaps not physically mature enough to face the rigors of an NHL season--are a likely match in terms of early career path. The biggest difference? Hemsky was a reach at #13; RNH is the de facto top prospect on the planet for his draft year. The early 30 after the jump.

Read Article | 92 Comments

Playoff Prediction Project Part 3

Jonathan Willis
May 14 2011 10:45AM

It’s time for the conference finals. In the East, Dwayne Roloson has been arguably the best player of this post-season, back-stopping the Lightning to a third-round battle with the Boston Bruins. Out west, it’s a championship of chokers as the much-maligned Canucks will face the San Jose Sharks.

Read Article | 38 Comments

Spring is Busting Out All Over

May 14 2011 07:24AM

Spring brings with it many wonderful colors. The shadow grey's give way to deep, rich blue and green and the warmth of the sun invites the fairer sex to show us what we've been missing these long, dreary months. Whatever God you pray to, the maker of the big old sun was absolutely on our side.

Read Article | 16 Comments