June 21 2013 06:38AM
Stan Weir gave the first Oilers NHL team a veteran center they could count on. A solid offensive player he could also check, win faceoffs and anhor the main penalty-kill. Stan Weir was a mentor to the Boys on the Bus, and as such is a charter member of Oilers Nation.
June 20 2013 03:43PM
Jim Nill played 524 regulars season games in the NHL as a checking forward, but he's made his mark in managment. He scouted for the Ottawa Senators for three years before the Red Wings hired in the summer of 1994. In the past 19 years he's served as their head of amateur scouting, general manager of their AHL affiliate and assistant GM of the Red Wings.
He's gained a lot of experience, and feels that Dallas is the perfect team for him to take over as GM.
June 20 2013 09:28AM
If the volume of trade rumours is anything to go by, the time between the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and draft day (June 30) is going to be nuts. At the centre of a lot of it is Edmonton – general manager Craig MacTavish has made no secret of his desire to immediately and significantly put his stamp on the team, and at this point it would be more of a surprise not to find the Oilers involved in significant trades than to see them pull the trigger on a deal.
June 19 2013 09:49PM
The 2013 draft just got very interesting, as the consensus #1 (Seth Jones) is apparently #4 on the Colorado Avalanche draft list. Is the race that close this year? Math suggests there is a clear option for #1 overall, and the name at the top may surprise.
June 19 2013 08:43PM
As an NHL beat writer, I used to love and hate the weeks leading up to the annual June Entry Draft and free agency.