The 2014-15 Edmonton Oilers Powerplay

Jonathan Willis
July 14 2014 02:00PM

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Edmonton’s offseason changes have been discussed with a fair degree of thoroughness, but one thing I haven’t seen covered is the makeup of the power play. Four regulars (five counting Ales Hemsky) from last year’s unit have since departed, and a number of the team’s recent additions could figure in as replacements. All that, and we haven’t even mentioned the impact of new assistant coach Craig Ramsay on the unit.

So, how should the coaching staff run this year’s unit?

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Will Kane and Toews' contracts change NHL pay scale?

Jason Gregor
July 14 2014 11:29AM

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical eight-year, $84 million contracts last week. They are the face of the Blackhawks so it made sense to re-sign them, but with a combined $21 million cap hit the new deals will limit the Hawks ability to add proven depth to their roster.

Of course the Hawks needed to keep these players, but even if the salary cap shoots up to $75 million in 2015/2016 Kane and Toews will eat up 28% of the total space. With that much of the cap eaten up by two players it makes it extremely difficult to add quality depth players, which is a necessity if you want to win the Cup.

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Monday Mailbag - July 14th

baggedmilk
July 14 2014 10:55AM

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It's time to grab coffee, learn a few things, and do whatever it takes to avoid doing work on a Monday.  I need questions for next week, so if you want to ask a question you can email it to me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.  If you want them, I'll send everyone that sends in a question a sticker package from Nation HQ.  Thanks in advance!

Enjoy.

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Timeframe for landing a centre

Jonathan Willis
July 13 2014 07:00AM

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There is a tone of increasing desperation in much of the commentary concerning the Edmonton Oilers’ ongoing quest for some help at centre.

Weighed against that rising emotion is the take general manager Craig MacTavish offered on July 1 when asked about the problem.

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14-15 OIL: PORT SIDE

Lowetide
July 12 2014 06:09PM

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It's going to be a tough fall in the Capital, as Oiler fans won't see No. 94 patrolling left wing at Rexall anymore. The young guns are here and creating memories,but that kid from Banff won a lot of hearts in this town. He'll be tough to replace.

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