September 27 2014 09:56PM
This is Kale Kessy. I believe he is the final transaction in the career of Steve Tambellini as Oilers GM—Tobias Rieder to Phoenix for Kessy—and it had that look of a terrible deal, one of those skill-for-nothing trades. Rieder looks like a million bucks, and Kessy—before training camp—looked exactly like a Coke Machine.
And then came fall 2014.
September 26 2014 04:17PM
The Edmonton Oilers will spend the 2014-15 season assessing their options with several soon-to-be free agents. Defensemen Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz are going to get paid next summer—possibly by the Oilers—and Nail Yakupov will reach the end of his entry-level deal. If these three players are productive this coming year, they could literally break the bank. The Oilers are going to have to make some tough decisions.
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September 26 2014 08:05AM
September 25 2014 04:56PM
For years now we've been waiting for that 2010 entry draft to stand and deliver. I've argued for a long time that it's impossible to measure a draft's success in the short term (unless it's obvious, like Taylor Hall or Troy Hesketh) and in 12 months I think we'll be able to safely make the call on the Oilers 2010 edition. How is it going?
September 25 2014 02:30PM
Between the Penticton Young Stars tournament and the early results of the preseason, Edmonton fans have been treated to some surprisingly good performances from players in Oilers sweaters.
Among the best of those performances has been that of Bogdan Yakimov. The 6’5”, 232 pound Russian hasn’t looked like a player struggling to adapt to North America, and between his massive size and his ability with and without the puck he’s managed to get some fans thinking about the possibility of him playing NHL minutes in 2014-15.