The tough schedule ahead: a major problem for the Edmonton Oilers

Jonathan Willis
April 03 2013 12:38AM

The Edmonton Oilers find themselves on the verge of a post-season spot – one that would be their first since 2005-06 – as they enter the final day of trading in the NHL. They’re one point back of a St. Louis team that has a game in hand, and while there’s a crowd vying for that spot (or the one inhabited by Detroit – these teams aren’t picky) superficially the Oilers look like one of the stronger candidates in the group.

The problem? The schedule is about to turn nasty again.

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NO MONEY DOWN

Lowetide
April 02 2013 06:03PM

 

Once upon a time, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini told us things would be quiet, that he didn't know if he'd be busy. Bright and early the next morning, hell was a poppin'. 

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A quiet trade deadline for the Oilers? (Update: Oilers make a small trade)

Jonathan Willis
April 02 2013 01:43PM

According to the guy who is arguably the most plugged-in member of the Edmonton media, the Edmonton Oilers very well might do nothing on the trade front tomorrow.

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Will the Edmonton Oilers make a pitch for Mark Streit?

Jonathan Willis
April 02 2013 11:58AM

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Last summer, in an attempt to upgrade their blue line, the Oilers reportedly took a long look at New York Islanders defenceman Mark Streit. The veteran puck-mover would have slotted into the team’s top-four, has a long history with head coach Ralph Krueger, and stood a decent shot of becoming the Oilers’ top defenceman overnight.

The Islanders, at the time, decided to keep him. Now it seems far more likely that they’ll let him go – is Edmonton still interested?

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MIKE BABCOCK: IF YOU COACH, BE PREPARED

Jason Gregor
April 02 2013 10:15AM

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has had a very successful career. He was a decent hockey player; suiting up for the  Saskatoon Blades in the WHL, the University of McGill and he spent one season playing pro hockey in England where he racked up 45 goals and 127 assists in 49 games.

But he wanted to be in the NHL, and he knew it wouldn't be as a player so he became a coach. If you want to learn about what makes a successful coach, keep reading.

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