So much for the safety net

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2014 12:30PM

As Craig MacTavish and his staff attempt to fix the Edmonton Oilers woefully inadequate centre depth chart, they’ve had one luxury: a safety net. While talking trade with other managers and looking for the best possible fit, MacTavish and company could look out at free agency and see a pair of pretty good centres (whatever their warts) in Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy and know that if a deal couldn’t be made they could likely scoop one up for not much money later in the summer.

That’s no longer the case.

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Five Hole for Food

Jen Scrivens
July 15 2014 10:25AM


What's a hockey fan to do with all these extra hours of daylight? Play street hockey all day, of course! Five Hole For Food is coming to Edmonton tomorrow. They’re a non-profit organization that raises awareness and collects donations for local food banks across Canada.

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2008-09 Springfield Falcons: Five Years Later (Forwards)

Jonathan Willis
July 15 2014 08:31AM

For many years, the Edmonton Oilers did not have an AHL affiliate under their exclusive control. The team started to correct that in the late 2000’s with the Springfield Falcons, a team that was uniformly terrible under their watch. Since then, the Oilers have moved on to the Oklahoma City Barons, a much more successful team on the ice.

But winning is only part of the equation for an AHL team; the more important task is developing NHL players. Looking back five seasons, how did the Falcons do in that regard?

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July 14 2014 06:36PM


The Edmonton Oilers have some very nice things on right wing. A former No. 1 overall pick, one of Canada's all-time famous international players and a recent hire with some nice bullet points on his resume. There's also a very experienced fourth liner who is going to have a mighty mighty job this winter. A veteran group? In Edmonton? Come ON!

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The 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers Powerplay

Jonathan Willis
July 14 2014 02:00PM

Oilers fans

Edmonton’s offseason changes have been discussed with a fair degree of thoroughness, but one thing I haven’t seen covered is the makeup of the power play. Four regulars (five counting Ales Hemsky) from last year’s unit have since departed, and a number of the team’s recent additions could figure in as replacements. All that, and we haven’t even mentioned the impact of new assistant coach Craig Ramsay on the unit.

So, how should the coaching staff run this year’s unit?

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