May 16 2015 01:29PM
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 second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
May 16 2015 01:04PM
There has been a lot of change to Oil Country over the past few weeks and almost all of it has been for the good. The lottery win has been instrumental in kicking off a completely new era in Edmonton Oiler History. They hired their first proven/competent GM since Sather, the team is on the verge of hiring one of the two marquee coaches on the market, and obviously we are just a month and a half away from choosing the best prospect in a decade on Draft Day. Almost everyone associated with the team is ecstatic but it hasn’t been good news for everybody. MacTavish had the rug pulled out from under him publicly. Todd Nelson twists in the wind knowing full well he will be passed over again. And, Derek Roy saw his odds of signing on with the Oilers drop like a stone.
May 16 2015 10:55AM
Jared Spurgeon’s name is an interesting entry into the offseason rumour mill. On the one hand, he’s just 25 years old, a right shot and an excellent young player. On the other hand, at 5’9” and 176 pounds, he was the smallest defender in the entire NHL to play more than five games last season.
Would Edmonton be a good fit, or should his size scare them off?
May 16 2015 08:00AM
This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble.
Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. We start with Peter Chiarelli’s old haunt: the Boston Bruins.
May 15 2015 04:31PM
Oscar Klefbom is entering the final year of his entry-level contract. The Oilers could wait until the end of next season to sign him, or Peter Chiarelli can extend his contract this summer at likely a lower cap hit.
I'd look at locking him up for a long-term deal this summer.