Steve Tambellini And Depth

Jonathan Willis
July 13 2010 10:52PM

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 15:  Shawn Belle #34 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche on October 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Avalanche defeated the Canadiens 3-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It’s been a relatively busy off-season for Steve Tambellini, who has shunned the pursuit of big names in favour of a slower, more long-term rebuilding work. The one place where he has made significant changes is at the bottom of the NHL roster and to the makeup of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.

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THOUGHTS DE LA GREGOR..UPDATED

Jason Gregor
July 13 2010 09:57AM

 

What does it mean that Devan Dubnyk signed before Jeff Deslauriers? How much will Gilbert Brule be asking for in arbitration? Should it really cost $12.5 million to get a leader?

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Conventional Wisdom

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2010 06:15PM

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In a 2009-10 season that had a lot of disappointments, the play of Dustin Penner never managed to qualify. In fact, the previously much-maligned winger had the best season of his career, and transformed himself in the public’s eye from impossible to move contract to best forward on the team (at least, while Hemsky was out).

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The Calder

Lowetide
July 12 2010 08:19AM

The Edmonton Oilers are extremely likely to have a strong rookie-of-the-year candidate in 2010-11. They have three outstanding prospects (Magnus Pääjärvi, Jordan Eberle, Chipper Jones) and enough job openings to make one believe anything is possible.

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Oilers Depth Chart 2010

Lowetide
July 11 2010 06:36AM

With the draft over and the first blush of free agency in the rear-view, this is an excellent time to have a look at the Oilers depth chart. It is striking to see just how much work is left to be done; I wonder if the Oilers want to address some of the obvious problems (G, veteran presence up front) this summer. A lottery pick becomes a distant bell with an improved lineup. It might be better to run with the kids.

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