June 04 2015 11:39AM
1. The current situation
The issue facing the Edmonton Oilers is an obvious one: Now that they're getting a generational talent, they have — at most — two years to get their acts together and put a presentable team on the ice.
June 03 2015 06:05PM
Most Oilers fans (and surely all the bloggers) are casting about for solutions to Peter Chiarelli's problems. It's a tough gig, because solutions are not plentiful—but the New Jersey Devils may offer Edmonton an opportunity for one stop shopping.
June 03 2015 01:31PM
The Oilers have had one of the most surprising and successful off-seasons of any NHL team in recent memory, and they desperately needed it if they hoped to resemble a competitive NHL team on the ice in 2015/2016. Even though the Kelowna Rockets lost the Memorial Cup in overtime, Oilers draft pick, third overall in 2014, Leon Draisaitl was named tournament MVP, which was another positive sign for the Oilers organization.
June 03 2015 11:00AM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
June 03 2015 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports
This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.
The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per NHLNumbers.com, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.
Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.