July 29 2013 11:34AM
It's the dog days of summer. People have stopped complaining about the cold and are now complaining about the heat. Other folks have stopped complaining about pot holes and are now complaining about traffic snarls from pot hole fixing crews. And others still are cleaning out their houses and having garage sales to free up space for more stuff down the road.
We here at NationHQ are no exception. It's time to have a blow out sale of assorted NationGear from events in the past year as well as a special line of tees from the site that birthed the Nation Network in it's entirety. We found a box in Wanye Manor and almost fainted.
Oh and proceeds go to charity.
July 29 2013 10:19AM
I’ll admit it: I thought Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was going to be able to trade Linus Omark this summer. Part of that’s probably because I have more time for Omark than others – I always enjoyed his skill, saw him as a “hard on the puck” player and felt his defensive deficiencies were blown out of proportion.
But I didn’t think Omark was going to be traded because he’s a no-brainer ‘must be in the NHL’ player. I thought Omark was going to be traded because he’s cheap.
July 28 2013 12:21PM
Superficially, the Oilers top six appears to be all but written in stone. Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov are all cornerstone pieces. David Perron and Sam Gagner are both established top-six forwards at the NHL level at an extremely young age that still have 10-15 years of high-level hockey ahead of them.
But as I think about it, I can’t help wondering if there isn’t a chance for Jesse Joensuu somewhere, either in that top-six group or in the top-nine.
July 28 2013 09:27AM
The Edmonton Oilers continue to build their team via the draft, and increasingly those draft picks are coming from the OHL. How drastic has the change in philosophy been? Pronounced.
July 27 2013 03:08PM
After years of pondering where the #1 overall pick will play in the fall, Oiler fans are forced to discuss other issues this summer. One of the main items--assuming the Oilers are finished shopping--is 3line LW. My belief is that Ryan Smyth has the inside track based on experience and ability. Agree?