July 10 2011 11:09AM
One of the Oilers’ moves that has gotten some favourable attention (Jason Gregor’s take is here; I’m not in total agreement but he makes a good argument) is their signing of defenseman Cam Barker, lately of the Minnesota Wild and previously a third overall draft selection of the Chicago Blackhawks.
My intent is not to argue or agree with the signing here. Instead, I want to explain why I think it’s a bad idea to start Barker off in the top-four on the blue line.
July 10 2011 06:48AM
We're at a point in the free agent season where teams are either set or almost there. A few stragglers will sign, but it's on to arbitration and then we'll see you at camp for most of the league's 30 teams. Do the Edmonton Oilers have any business to finish? Are there any UFA's who could help?
July 09 2011 10:48AM
One of the things the Oilers have done a much better job of since the hiring of Steve Tambellini is managing their affiliate in the American Hockey League.
July 09 2011 09:03AM
This is Brian Benning. His draft day scouting report would have read "smart, mobile defenseman" and he delivered all the way to the NHL. Benning's story is the story of hockey in Northern Alberta.
July 08 2011 07:10PM
Those who thought the kerfuffle was over between the Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings regarding the Ryan Smyth for Colin Fraser trade might want to think again.