15 FOR THE OILERS

Lowetide
July 03 2013 04:46PM

 

The Edmonton Oilers go to market this week with a laundry list of needs: a scoring winger, at least two centermen, a top 4 defender and a goalie capable of filling a strong backup role. That's a long list. Much of it can be solved via free agency, and here are 15 names worth pursuing.

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FREE AGENCY BEGINS

Jason Gregor
July 03 2013 12:31PM

Two years ago the Oilers signed four players, Ben Eager, Cam Barker, Darcy Hordichuk and Eric Belanger and they acquired Andy Sutton on the first day of free agency. Sutton played well before being injured, Eager produced regular offensive numbers while the other three contributed very little.

When they were signed, many felt Eager and Belanger would fill a needed void, Eager as an aggressive winger and Belanger as a veteran centre who could win draws and chip in offensively, but neither ended up filling those roles.

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The player so nice they named him twice

Jonathan Willis
July 03 2013 10:27AM

Taylor Hall was not named to one of the two NHL All-Star teams when they were announced earlier today. It’s easy to understand, given that the two players named were Chris Kunitz and Alexander Ovechkin, and that’s pretty stiff competition.

Or at least, that would be easy to understand, except that Alex Ovechkin was also a first-team all-star at right wing.

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Oilers draft Nurse, cut three loose

Jason Strudwick
July 03 2013 08:39AM

The 2013 NHL Draft came and went. There was a lot of buildup and excitement but it turned out pretty tame.

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THE WAY I SEE IT

Robin Brownlee
July 02 2013 04:29PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish certainly set himself up for criticism by talking the talk before walking the walk prior to the NHL Entry Draft and free agency, but unless my ears have failed me completely, I heard MacT talk about making bold moves, not stupid moves.

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