August 28 2016 11:00AM
We're back! Starting today and going each Sunday all year, Weekend Update offers the latest on Edmonton's prospects across all leagues. It was an eventful week on several fronts.
August 28 2016 03:15AM
The Edmonton Oilers signed defensive prospect Matt Benning yesterday afternoon, completing a very busy spring and summer in college procurement. Although Edmonton has several draft picks playing at the college level—William Lagesson, Zach Nagelvoort, Tyler Vesel, others—all four men (Drake Caggiula,Nick Ellis, Patrick Russell, Benning) were classified as free agents at the time of their signing. Who among this group will make the NHL first? Based on depth chart, the smart money might be on Benning.
August 27 2016 05:48PM
The Oilers went out and acquired Sekera, one of Free Agency’s biggest prizes, in the summer of 2015 for 5.5 million a year over 6 years. That’s a lot of scratch. By about a million and a half he’s the highest paid Oiler defenseman on the roster. Only somewhat ironically, “that’s the price you have to pay” is actually the phrase that applies to signing UFA defensemen with a positive track record. In his first year with the Oilers Andrej Sekera gained a nickname that I think will probably stick with him while he’s here: The Shin Pad Assassin. It’s catchy. It also carries a pretty negative connotation for a player who lived up to reasonable expectations on an unreasonably terrible team.
August 27 2016 10:33AM
The summer activity almost over, we can begin to cobble together lineups for the NHL Oilers and the AHL Condors. Expect to see the usual number of AHL veterans, some legit skill prospects (mostly undrafted college signings) and ten miles of lefty blue. Let's have a look (Photos by Mark Williams).
August 27 2016 09:00AM
This season, the Oilers enter the season with just over $8 million in salary cap space, with $5.475 million of that being held as a bonus cushion thus leaving Peter Chiarelli and co. with $2.486 million to work with. What would you do with two and a half mil?