Missing out on goaltenders

Jonathan Willis
June 21 2013 09:21AM

One by one, the top free agent goaltenders in Europe and out of college hockey have made decisions about their NHL future. So far, none of them has opted for the Edmonton Oilers, a team desperately in need of rebuilding their depth chart in net, and one that was optimistic earlier in the summer about attracting somebody like Antti Raanta (pictured above; ended up in Chicago).

Where does Edmonton go now?

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June 21 2013 06:38AM

Stan Weir gave the first Oilers NHL team a veteran center they could count on. A solid offensive player he could also check, win faceoffs and anhor the main penalty-kill. Stan Weir was a mentor to the Boys on the Bus, and as such is a charter member of Oilers Nation.

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Jason Gregor
June 20 2013 03:43PM

Jim Nill played 524 regulars season games in the NHL as a checking forward, but he's made his mark in managment. He scouted for the Ottawa Senators for three years before the Red Wings hired in the summer of 1994. In the past 19 years he's served as their head of amateur scouting, general manager of their AHL affiliate and assistant GM of the Red Wings.

He's gained a lot of experience, and feels that Dallas is the perfect team for him to take over as GM.

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Trade Talk

Jonathan Willis
June 20 2013 09:28AM

If the volume of trade rumours is anything to go by, the time between the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and draft day (June 30) is going to be nuts. At the centre of a lot of it is Edmonton – general manager Craig MacTavish has made no secret of his desire to immediately and significantly put his stamp on the team, and at this point it would be more of a surprise not to find the Oilers involved in significant trades than to see them pull the trigger on a deal.

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June 19 2013 09:49PM

The 2013 draft just got very interesting, as the consensus #1 (Seth Jones) is apparently #4 on the Colorado Avalanche draft list. Is the race that close this year? Math suggests there is a clear option for #1 overall, and the name at the top may surprise.

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