April 28 2015 02:12PM
Justin Schultz is a restricted free agent. His last contract paid him $3.675 million on a one-year deal, and he probably isn’t worth the money but it’s awfully difficult to sign him for less now.
The Oilers’ new general manager, Peter Chiarelli, will need to decide how to proceed, and there aren’t any really easy answers.
April 28 2015 10:33AM
The number one job for Peter Chiarelli with regards to his roster, now that he’s taken over Hockey Ops in a historic coup, is going to be finding a new goaltender. That job is ahead of finding “Heavy” players. It’s ahead of fixing the giant mess on defense left behind by MacTavish. As bad as the defense is/was, the goaltending was that much worse and is by far Hockey’s most important position. If you don’t believe me then ask the Minnesota Wild or the Montreal Canadiens their thoughts on the matter.
April 28 2015 08:45AM
Edmonton Oilers’ big boss Bob Nicholson already made a splash most of us weren’t expecting when he bounced Kevin Lowe out of hockey operations and demoted Craig MacTavish in favor of Pete Chiarelli, who signed on as POHO and GM Friday. My sense is there are more changes coming in the front office. Likely sooner than later.
April 28 2015 07:00AM
Timo Meier is one of the best pure scorers in this year's draft and is a dynamic winger. He is among a fairly large group of draft eligibles this year who could be NHL ready. He could be one of the first 10 names called at the 2015 Entry Draft.
April 27 2015 01:45PM
Bob Nicholson and Peter Chiarelli were all smiles this past Friday when Nicholson unveiled Chiarelli as the new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager for the Edmonton Oilers. The press conference wrapped up the most surprising 139-hour stretch in Oilers history. Peter Pocklington's trade to acquire Wayne Gretzky is the most important move in franchise history, and his trade on August 9th, 1988 was the most shocking moment, but 139 hours between Saturday April 18th at 6 p.m. and the April 24th, 1 p.m. press conference has to be the biggest surprise sequence in a long time, if not ever.
Ten days ago apathy, angst and frustration reigned in Oilersnation and deservedly so.