Chiarelli needs to be cautious

Jason Gregor
June 28 2016 01:59PM


The NHL made a wise decision when they allowed teams to openly talk to unrestricted free agents one week prior to July 1st. We all knew teams spoke to UFAs prior to July 1st, but now it is legal and it allows teams to bring players to their city and show them around and have lengthy conversations in comfort without being worried about being caught.

The Oilers invited Milan Lucic and Jason Demers to see the sites, because they aren't "allowed" to discuss actual contracts. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

It is smart to bring them in, but Chiarelli needs to be cautious when they start discussing money and term.

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All Your Free Agents Belong to Edmonton

Jonathan Willis
June 28 2016 09:47AM

The Edmonton Oilers are going to be hosting some familiar names Tuesday: Unrestricted free agents Milan Lucic and Jason Demers are coming to visit the city.

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Robin Brownlee
June 28 2016 07:00AM

Every team needs glue guys, and Raymond Murray was as sticky as a role player can be during the two tours of duty he did with the Edmonton Oilers. Whether it meant moving up and down the line-up and filling in here or there or just keeping the guys in the room loose with his class clown act and that braying guffaw of his, Murray was your man.

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June 27 2016 07:29PM

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Seems that the Edmonton Oilers have found a useful player from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft—it's just that he isn't one of their draft picks. Iiro Pakarinen is from the booming metropolis of Loviisa, Finland—the home of two of Finland's nuclear reactors—and was founded in 1745 as a border fortress against Russia. After watching Iiro Pakarinen play hockey, I think 'border fortress' and 'nuclear reactor' should be included in his scouting report. He is back for another year.

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Monday Musings: Chiarelli the Grinder, draft age and more

Jason Gregor
June 27 2016 03:25PM


The 2016 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone. Many believe the Oilers' draft luck continued when the Columbus Blue Jackets elected to pass on Jesse Puljujarvi and select Pierre-Luc Dubois. Time will tell who becomes the better player, but Peter Chiarelli and the Oilers were very happy to land Puljujarvi.

However, Chiarelli did not land the player he needs the most: A right shot defender, but he's still optimistic it will happen.

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