ALES HEMSKY: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Robin Brownlee
July 05 2011 03:37PM

I first met Ales Hemsky minutes after the Edmonton Oilers drafted him 13th overall in 2001. I can't say I've ever heard him sound more positive than he did in a conversation we had today.

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HELP FOR THE BLUELINE: NEW COACH IN LINE?

Robin Brownlee
July 05 2011 01:52PM

Bob Stauffer is as subtle as a slap in the mouth at the best of times, so, based on all the hints he dropped on Oilers Lunch on TEAM 1260 today, I'm guessing the Edmonton Oilers are considering adding an organizational coach to help develop a blue line bursting with prospects.

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Oilers Sign Peckham, Danis, Keller

Jonathan Willis
July 04 2011 08:31PM

The Oilers continued their busy summer, inking unrestricted free agents Yann Danis and Ryan Keller to one-year deals today while at the same time re-upping defenseman Theo Peckham for another season.

All three signings are likely positives; Peckham had a strong rookie season and will have a role on the big club in 2011-12, while Danis and Keller will both be key cogs for Oklahoma.

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On Eager and Hordichuk

Jonathan Willis
July 04 2011 07:59PM

The Oilers had an unexpectedly busy time of things on July 1. I’ve already considered in detail the excellent signing of Eric Belanger, as well as the reworking of their defensive corps, but I haven’t looked in depth at the signings of Ben Eager and Darcy Hordichuk to this point. I think it’s time to change that.

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The Nashville Predators and the salary cap floor

Cam Charron
July 04 2011 03:14PM

The trade that sent Brett Lebda to the Nashville Predators is an intriguing one for two reasons, and the strategy behind the deal for both teams is one that we may see more often as rich teams attempt to maximize their spending money and lesser teams attempt to maximize the value they get from their players.

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