There’s a handful of players on this list who worked their backsides off and did whatever it takes just to make it to the NHL. Steve Staios, who spent 573 games with the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL career that spanned 1,001 games, might be the poster boy for all of them.


WWYDW: Mark Fayne, yea or nay?

Mark Fayne is under contract for two seasons after this one at a cap hit of $3.625 million. This week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday asks our readers whether the Edmonton Oilers should try and trade the player away this summer rather than bringing him back for the third season of his four-year…


<br> The Edmonton Oilers will get a ticket in the lottery April 30, and with their considerable ability to win lotteries, we should probably start at the top when discussing possible draft targets. This year, the top option is a 6.02, 194-pound forward who is described as an elite offensive talent. If the Edmonton Oilers…


Igor Larionov discusses Yakupov trade request

One benefit of sitting around during an eight hour flight delay is it allows me to share the interview I had with Nail Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov. I noted a few people suggesting Larionov was the bad guy and was giving Yakupov bad advice. Never forget the agent works for the player. An agent can…


Yak City Is Still My Home

Embed from Getty Images I held back. I bit my tongue. I didn’t write it down because everybody was too busy getting their licks in, and I wanted to see what was going to happen. But, in the back of my head, there’s been a voice growing louder and louder. It’s saying “I don’t want…


Trade possibilities for Yakupov

I’m stuck at the Regina airport, sitting through my first ever cancelled flight scenario. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:15 flight, is never ideal, but after driving 45 KM from Moose Jaw to Regina, arriving at the airport at 5:20 a.m. and seeing your flight cancelled does not put a spring in your…



Over the weekend friend of the Nation Owen passed along a story about his cousin Bill that is fighting for his life in Thailand. We want to do what we can to help bring him home. Be warned that this is not a hockey article, and there are no trade proposals going on here.


Capilano Rehab Centre Injury Report – March 29, 2016

For the third time this season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been put on the injury reserve. This time it’s not because of the flu or a broken hand, but with a concussion. And before all of you start calling Nuge soft, and weak, he suffered this concussion after going hard for the puck in the least soft way possible. 



When I retired from hockey I knew I wanted to spend more time with my family, but I also loved the sport of hockey. I had opportunities to make coaching hockey my next career, and I was very interested. The idea of working with a group of players to build them up, and make them better,…


Laurent Brossoit need not be Edmonton’s backup next year

Laurent Brossoit’s late-season audition for the Edmonton Oilers’ backup job hasn’t gone especially well. He’s started five games and lost five times, with a 0.873 save percentage, and outside of a strong performance in a shootout loss to Winnipeg back in February hasn’t performed particularly well in any of those games. Fortunately for the Oilers,…



  In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific…