Khaira earns callup

Zach Laing
January 11 2017 01:10PM

 This morning, the Oilers recalled Jujhar Khaira and reassigned Anton Lander to the Bakersfield Condors.

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Future Free Agents: Karl Alzner

Cam Lewis
January 11 2017 12:00PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need a boost in production from the blue line. Then, after him, you have Karl Alzner, the best option for a team looking for a steady, consistent, shut down guy. 

But as we've seen over the past few summers, teams are becoming skeptical of handing big contracts to stay at home defencemen like Alzner who contribute little offensively. Is he still going to be able to command the salary of a top pairing defenceman on the open market? With the league's gradual shift to analytics, is he still a valued commodity? 

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Puljujarvi records assist in first AHL game

Zach Laing
January 11 2017 11:00AM

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After being assigned to the Bakersfield Condors on Monday, Jesse Puljujarvi potted an assist in his first American Hockey League game. 

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Real Life Podcast: Episode Ten

Jason Gregor
January 11 2017 09:00AM

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Many topics to discuss on the podcast.

We start with Patrick Laine getting crushed by McCabe.

Struds wasn't buying what the Oilers were selling when it came to how they handle Jesse Puljujarvi.

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A WELL-WORN WELCOME MAT

Robin Brownlee
January 11 2017 07:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have a brand new arena in Rogers Place, which is likely the nicest rink in the NHL, after moving lock, stock and Gretzky statue out of aging and outdated Rexall Place. Shiny. Flashy. It's a sharp-looking joint if ever there was one.

What the Oilers don’t have 19 games into their first season at their swank new downtown arena is the kind of record that’s going help them make the playoffs after 10 years on the outside looking in. While the 2016-17 version of the Oilers is better overall than anything we’ve seen in recent seasons, it’s the same old, same old when it comes to taking care of business at home.

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