Realistic Expectations

The Edmonton Oilers, as is well-known at this point, have signed Nikita Nikitin to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $4.5 million. The interesting thing about the signing isn’t the deal itself, which was bad but defensible. It’s what it says about the Oilers. A team with Edmonton’s defence that prioritizes Nikitin…


Oilers sign Nikitin

The Oilers signed Nikita Nikitin to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million/year. The price tag is $2 million/year too high, but the Oilers must feel they aren’t in a cap crunch and felt it was worth it to sign him for way more money for only two years. The one positive is this will allow the Oilers to develop…



Summertime in Edmonton. The sun is shining nearly 24 hours a day. Food trucks have materialized from their winter slumber and line the streets like bystanders at a parade. And as an Oilers fan this is the time of the year where most of us are in a deadzone of emotion.


Overpaying Nikita Nikitin

It’s becoming abundantly clear that if the Edmonton Oilers are able to reach a deal with Nikita Nikitin, the defenceman whose negotiating rights they acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets, they will be paying full price and then some for his rights.


Oilers draft pick value chart

I have no idea who made that chart, but it would be awesome if anyone came close to scoring 140 points in an NHL season. Maybe a supreme optimist made that chart, but regardless of what this chart was supposed to track most of us love looking at charts. They can give us a look…



It’s draft week, and that means up is down, left is right and right is wrong, and you better decide which side you’re on. Rumors about William Nylander or Nick Ritchie drawing into the top five, about Vancouver and Winnipeg and Toronto trading up—it’s madness! Into this Poe spring I’d like to throw out some…


Welcome to the third line, Nail Yakupov

In a long, wide-ranging interview with the Edmonton Jouranl’s Jim Matheson, Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish described Nail Yakupov as a third-line player. This will doubtless be controversial. It shouldn’t be, because that’s exactly where the player should slot in on the organizational depth chart today.



I love this time of year. The rumour mill will be overflowing leading up to the draft, trades will happen, free agents will be courted and the Nation will be filled with various opinions and debates. Here are some of the story lines I will be following….


Monday Mailbag – June 23rd

It’s Monday morning, none of us want to be working, and we’re looking for ways to kill time – enter the mailbag.  As always, this feature is completely dependant on you guys. If you’ve got a question you can email it to me at [email protected] or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.   Enjoy. 



There are things you see that force a double take, and that was the case earlier today when I found out the big brains at Extra Skater added a new item on their menu. It’s a ‘tool you can use’ if you’re a fan of the draft and CHL prospects, and frankly, it’s one big…



The Edmonton Oilers and their fans are used to having a front row seat to every summer’s entry draft. The last time the club drafted outside the top 10 was Jordan Eberle in 2008, and even then it wasn’t their draft slotting (this was the Dustin Penner offer sheet season—by the way those picks for…


MacT talks analytics, free agency and the draft

The Oilers are in the midst of another very important three-week stretch where Craig MacTavish will try to shape his roster so the Oilers can compete for a playoff spot instead of the first overall pick next season. The free agent interview period starts Wednesday, the NHL entry draft is on Friday and free agency officially…