July 01 2014 07:45PM
It’s possible to question the defencemen Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish added to the team’s blue line this week. It’s possible to argue that contracts were handed out that were too rich or for too many years. It’s extremely fair to note the lack of high-end players on the blue line.
But what is inarguable is that Edmonton’s defence has been dramatically improved from where it was a year ago. As far as I’m concerned, MacTavish deserves a lot of credit for taking the worst defensive group in the NHL and turning them into something vaguely resembling a major-league blueline group.
July 01 2014 10:02AM
The West continues to get stronger, and if the Oilers plan to become competitive in two years they must develop Leon Draisaitl correctly. You need elite centres, two of them, to compete in the western conference.
The Oilers won't get an elite centre in free agency, but they will try to find some quality veterans to help the Oilers young core become more competitive.
Former Oiler, Ales Hemsky, signs in Dallas for three years at $4 million/year
Oilers sign Keith Aulie to a one-year deal. Good depth guy. He can be a #6/7 and it is better that he sits in the pressbox instead of a young D-man.
July 01 2014 10:00AM
Is there anything better than Canada Day and free agency falling on the same day? For some reason, the NHL wanted to keep the two days separate (like spending time with family is important... pfft) but I think it's a great way to spend the day. Join me as I live blog the free agency spectacle from an Oiler standpoint. We'll take a look at rumours going around Twitter, the guys we sign, and the guys we missed out on. Happy Canada Day, Nation!
July 01 2014 09:12AM
Today is round 3 of the #KeltyCan auction for this very special little girl and we've got a great item for you. Very quickly, Kelty is a 4 year old girl that is desperate need of an expensive muscle lengthening surgery down in the US and we've taken it upon ourselves to raise as much money as possible to help the family out. We can't thank you guys enough for your time and even if you're not bidding do us a favour and share this article. Thanks, Nation!
June 30 2014 06:55PM
In the summer of 2011, Steve Tambellini hit the free agent market with some cash and about 10 holes in the roster. When the smoke cleared, we were greeted by Cam Barker, Eric Belanger, Darcy Hordichuk, Andy Sutton (via trade), Ben Eager and Corey Potter. The additions weren't enough, and the club spiraled downward again that winter, resulting in another No. 1 overall selection in 2012.
Craig MacTavish has a shorter list, but the pressure is greater too. After a generation in the depths of the standings, Edmonton Oiler fans have finally run out of goodwill, patience and hope.
Have the Edmonton Oilers heard you? We find out tomorrow.