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Edmonton Oilers name two assistant coaches

When the Edmonton Oilers hired Todd McLellan, there was the immediate question of what kind of staff he was going to put together. As it happens, it’s pretty much exactly the same sort of staff as he had at his last NHL stop.

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PHWA voting, schedule, goalies and more…

The NHL awards were handed out last night and there were no major surprise winners. We can always have healthy debates over winners, but I felt all of them were deserving. I have no issue with any of the winners, but as a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association I was a little concerned…

Ringing Off The Hook

View image | gettyimages.com This is such an exciting time for Oilers fans and such a busy one for NHL General Managers. We are one day away from the Edmonton Oilers adding a generational player to their roster and as of today NHL clubs are allowed to begin courting free agents.

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Drafting for Need at No. 16

At this point we still don’t know whether the Edmonton Oilers will be drafting at No. 16 or whether they will deal the pick to another NHL team for immediate help, with the most likely target in such a deal being a defenceman. What they absolutely shouldn’t do is draft for need.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 – Cody Franson

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!  When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was…

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Thomas Drance’s NHL Awards Ballot

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden. After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed…