THREE WEEKS FROM NAILING IT

Lowetide
June 02 2012 07:21AM

Steve Tambellini put it out there yesterday: in order for Edmonton to give up the first overall pick it would have to be a "significant proposal" from another NHL team. What would it look like?

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HOME TURF

Jason Gregor
June 01 2012 10:52AM

Home field, home ice or home floor usually indicates some sort of advantage. It clearly isn't that important to the Los Angeles Kings this postseason, but there is usually some extra comfort in our home surroundings.

In the next few weeks the Oilers will introduce a few of this year's top prospects to the city of Edmonton, but mostly they will try and find out as much as they can about these kids. Nail Yakupov will be coming to Edmonton this Sunday for an interview, and some others will be in town soon after.

The Oilers did this in 2010 with Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. It makes sense. Doing interview after interview at the combine can be tiring and stressful for these kids, and in many cases the interviews are rigid. Having Yakupov and a few others come to town allows the Oilers to get to know these kids a bit better, as well as introduce them to the city.

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Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss talks Edmonton, Oil Kings, and profanity

Andrey Osadchenko
June 01 2012 09:04AM

Nation Network correspondent Andrey Osadchenko caught up with recently signed prospect Kristians Pelss, and talked to him about playing in Edmonton, signing with the Oilers, and what it's like to be a Latvian hockey player trying to make the NHL.

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FETCHING

Lowetide
June 01 2012 07:10AM

Anyone not familiar with the Edmonton Oilers might look at the last 3 seasons and expect a large overhaul of staff this summer. The more discerning fan will know it's all part of the plan, and in fact (for once) there are very few job openings. Edmonton will add players this summer, but in many cases will need to find a way to offload a current roster player in order to do so. How many expendable Oilers have good value? Tradeable value? Any value at all?

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Safe Is Death

Jonathan Willis
May 31 2012 12:42PM

There’s a school of thought out there that suggests that Oilers’ G.M. Steve Tambellini would be making a mistake if he opted for anything other than a head coach with NHL experience. If this hiring fails, the reasoning goes, it will probably cost Tambellini his job, and it would be a mistake to gamble on someone inexperienced.

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