April 29 2015 11:30AM
The Edmonton Oilers own the Pittsburgh Penguins first round pick in the upcoming NHL entry draft, 16th overall, but that pick could become #15 if the Calgary Flames defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Is moving up one spot in the draft worth cheering for the Flames?
April 29 2015 09:43AM
Nikita Nikitin was a veteran defenceman brought in last summer to act as a bridge player, taking on tough minutes while the Edmonton Oilers’ young blue line prospects rounded into form.
His first year was a debacle, featuring injuries, questions about conditioning and plenty of poor play. Under Craig MacTavish, the Oilers appeared set to give him a do-over. Will new G.M. Peter Chiarelli feel the same way?
April 28 2015 08:54PM
There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Peter Chiarelli. The Oilers new GM was asked about trading the No. 1 overall pick, and replied 'never say never!' WHAT?
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.