February 06 2016 09:27AM

The Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are two of the most prominent NHL teams of the expansion era. From 1967 through today, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the Montreal Canadiens 10 times—twice since Edmonton entered the NHL. The Oilers own five Stanley's since 1979, so in head-to-head competition, the western upstarts have the edge. Question: Which of the two teams wins the next Stanley?

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5 Things: The case for the Oilers' playoff hopes

Ryan Lambert
February 06 2016 08:53AM

Playoffs? We're talkin' playoffs.

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February 05 2016 07:44PM

reinhart photo by mark williams

As we reach the NHL trade deadline, many of the names in play during trade talk are plying their trade in the minors. Identifying players of interest in the minors who are close to NHL-ready—but may be blocked currently—gives us another angle as we approach the trade deadline (and summer). Here is a team-by-team look, beginning with the Pacific Division.

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Decisions on Defence: Gryba and Davidson

Jason Gregor
February 05 2016 03:01PM

No two NHL teams are the same, and no two situations are equal. Peter Chiarelli became GM of the Boston Bruins in the summer of 2006 and up until they won the Stanley Cup in June of 2011, he rebuilt his entire defence.

It started by signing unrestricted defender Zdeno Chara on July 1st, 2006. The Bruins didn't have instant success despite the Chara addition. They missed the playoffs in 2007, finishing 23rd overall with 76 points, but Chiarelli kept changing his blueline and four years later they won the Cup.

Andrej Sekera is not Chara, but he was the first major addition to Chiarelli's blueline in Edmonton, and Chiarelli has some interesting decisions ahead of him regarding the team's backend.

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Robin Brownlee
February 05 2016 07:00AM


If you were to name the best Edmonton Oilers of all time who didn’t crack six feet on a tape measure, Mike York would more than likely find a spot in the top-10 of most fans. I can’t come up with a whole lot of little guys who were more effective than York was at getting things done as a member of the Oilers, despite being physically overmatched.

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