August 25 2016 09:13PM

It is August and the summer is high, across North America people are enjoying the warmth of the sun and the gifts provided only at this time of year. For Edmontonians, along with the lake, fishing, football and finding a patio around noon, another college free agent and his pending (Benning) decision are the topic of conversation. The Oilers—blame McDavid and the rink—are suddenly popular for college men.

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Taylor Beck should challenge for an NHL job in Edmonton in 2016-17

Jonathan Willis
August 25 2016 07:17PM

Taylor Beck signing on with the Edmonton Oilers got some brief attention when it happened and has mostly been ignored since. Yet he’s not a player who should be entirely counted out of the team’s plans for 2016-17. Not only should he be good enough to challenge for a spot in training camp, but even if he’s sent down that may not be the last of him.

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Robin Brownlee
August 24 2016 10:05PM

I have not heard even one word from anybody in an official capacity in hockey ops with the Edmonton Oilers about the possibility former captain Shawn Horcoff is considering a return to our city by way of a PTO, but Kurt Leavins has heard "murmurs" about same from somebody.

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Oilers Set to Name a New Captain

Zach Laing
August 24 2016 05:00PM


Credit: Chris Austin - USA Today Sports

Dating back to the Oilers inaugural season in 1972, and including Ryan Smyth's one game as captain, the Oilers have had 18 captains in their franchise's history. With training camp kicking off on September 22nd, the Oilers appear set to name the team's 19th captain. 

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WWYDW: Eric Gryba?

August 24 2016 02:55PM

With less than two months to go until the start of the season the Oilers still find themselves with an organizational hole at the RHD position. One option that's been floated around is the idea of bringing back Eric Gryba for another tour of duty on the third pair. Would you re-sign Gryba as a cheap option on the back end or opt for someone else? That's the question I ask in today's What Would You Do Wednesday.

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