HIGH PRAISE: DALLAS EAKINS

Robin Brownlee
August 11 2013 10:50AM

After seven seasons out of the playoffs under a carousel of head coaches that has included Craig MacTavish, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney and Ralph Krueger, it's perfectly understandable frustrated fans of the Edmonton Oilers are going to take a wait-and-see attitude about new bench boss Dallas Eakins.

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PTO AND TC INVITES

Lowetide
August 10 2013 11:38AM

There are so many interesting players still available this summer--NHL free agents, 20 year old graduating juniors without contracts--the mind actually boggles. Will the Oilers be active in these areas? MacT's aggressive summer of 2013 should continue through these weeks in August, and the final TC invite list may offer some surprises.

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Taylor Hall: The Fallback Centre

Jonathan Willis
August 10 2013 09:37AM

Taylor Hall was interviewed yesterday on Oilers Now, and he made it pretty clear that if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn’t ready to play on opening night he could easily find himself at centre to start 2013-14.

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TOO SOON TO TELL

Lowetide
August 09 2013 08:31PM

The Edmonton Oilers drafted Travis Ewanyk in the third round of the 2011 Entry Draft. Math suggests he's a marginal prospect, but the Oilers signed him and have not wavered in their conviction about his potential. Will Travis Ewanyk become an NHL regular?

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The Gretzky trade was huge, but Messier's is still paying dividends

Jonathan Willis
August 09 2013 01:30PM

The return in trade for Wayne Gretzky was without question substantial, but like most of the deals involving the Oilers’ Hall of Fame-calibre players it’s a deal that has only historical impact, with none of the descendants of that trade currently playing for Edmonton.

In terms of current impact from those old trades, it’s the Mark Messier deal that still pays dividends today.

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