November 09 2013 05:30PM
Laurent Brossoit is already famous in Edmonton. His three year run (2010-13) as starting goalie for the junior Oil Kings marked the golden era for the modern edition of the WHL team. Oiler fans would cheer for Brossoit, but in the back of their minds the knowledge that he was a Flames draft pick never left them. After last night's trade, Brossoit is a true copper and blue Oiler prospect. He joins a growing list of '2011-12 WHL champion Oil Kings' who are also in the Oiler prospect pipeline. Who is Laurent Brossoit?
November 09 2013 03:09PM
The Edmonton Oilers had a chance on Saturday to pick up two points from one of the league's worst teams. They had healthy bodies back, the Flyers had lost two straight, and this game represented a real opportunity to start things turning around after a strong effort in a win over Florida and a stronger one in a loss to Tampa Bay.
It didn't happen.
November 09 2013 09:06AM
Yesterday at 4:45 p.m. news broke that the Oilers had traded Ladislav Smid to Calgary, and a half hour later the Ilya Bryzgalov signing became official. Some wondered if the two deals were connected. I believe they were, but not just for financial reasons.
Trading Smid freed up $2.786 million in cap space for the remainder of the season, and $3.5 mill cap hit for the following three years, while Ilya Bryzgalov was signed for $1.75 million, which starting today is $1.393 million in actual cap space. The Oilers could have signed Bryzgalov to that deal without moving Smid; however, I do see a connection between the moves.
November 09 2013 12:17AM
As the losses have mounted through 17 games, the demand by fans of the Edmonton Oilers that GM Craig MacTavish DO SOMETHING to change the fortunes of the team have grown louder by the day.
MacTavish gave those fans what they wanted Friday, sending hard-nosed and popular but limited defenseman Ladislav Smid and Olivier Roy down Highway 2 to the Calgary Flames for prospects, MacTavish followed that up by signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract.
November 08 2013 11:14PM
With our man Laddy gone, the Edmonton Oilers have an immediate question: who will fill his role? And that's short term. What about the longer term? Edmonton has some nice prospects, but they're miles away. Right?