The Babcock Watch

Jason Gregor
April 30 2015 11:47AM

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The Mike Babcock potential-free-agent story line will intensify now that the Detroit Red Wings are officially out of the playoffs. Babcock's contract doesn't officially expire until June 30th, but with the new rule allowing compensation for coaches in place, I'm inclined to believe the Red Wings and Babcock will sit down and discuss his future very soon.

Two weeks ago most people wouldn't have given Edmonton much chance of landing Babcock, but I wonder if winning the McDavid lottery and hiring Peter Chiarelli has altered that stance.

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O'CONNOR WATCH

Lowetide
April 29 2015 07:37PM

For the Edmonton Oilers, acquiring a player like Matt O'Connor would be a pretty big deal. The organization badly needs to improve up the middle and acquiring an advanced prospect like O'Connor offers cover for procurement mistakes of the past. If the Oilers get O'Connor, how much of a difference will it make?

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Is it worth cheering for Calgary?

Jason Gregor
April 29 2015 11:30AM

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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?

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What should Peter Chiarelli do with Nikita Nikitin?

Jonathan Willis
April 29 2015 09:43AM

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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?

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NEVER SAY NEV...WHAT?

Lowetide
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?

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