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$71.4 Million

It’s a busy time in NHL circles, with the league awards, entry draft and the opening of free agency all shoved together into the span of a week. On Tuesday we got an important piece of news that relates to teams’ summer planning: the salary cap for the 2015-16 season is expected to come in…

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Which Goalie is the best fit?

I’m just about to board my plane to Florida. Couldn’t sleep in the airport, so I’m regretting my red-eye flight decision even more now, but the good news is I’m able to share an interview I had regarding goalies. Evaluating goalies is the most difficult managerial job in hockey. If you chart the success rate…

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FOREPLAY: THE NEXT 48 HOURS

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers will be fist-pumping until they need Tommy John surgery when GM Peter Chiarelli calls Connor McDavid’s name with the first overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft Friday, and rightfully so. That goes without saying.

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Countdown to the draft…

I’m sitting in the Pearson airport in Toronto waiting for my connecting flight to Miami. As I ponder the idiocy of my decision to take the red-eye flight out of Edmonton to get to Florida sooner I’m listening to Toronto sports radio and reading the papers. Two months after the draft lottery people are still…

Telegraphing Svechnikov

View image | gettyimages.com One thing Oilers fans should be gearing up for is for the club to use their second, first round pick. Every year these picks are made “available” by GMs and we get our hopes up for a trade that doesn’t happen. Even though the Oil need NHL players today, we should…

RUGGED FORWARDS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

The Edmonton Oilers spent a metric tonne worth of draft picks last decade on big wingers they hoped would turn into skilled men with size. Almost to a man, these kids were shy on offense, from Brad Winchester in 2000 through Cameron Abney in 2009. Now, with a new management group in place, will the…