Small Shoes to Fill

There has been no shortage of conversation this year about the Edmonton Oilers’ obvious need at right defence. Possible candidates have been investigated, with their abilities and the acquisition cost associated with each discussed in depth. The assets that Edmonton has available to trade in the right deal are also well-known at this point. Less…


Scouting report: Barrie

My Scouting Report series continues today, and the spotlight remains solely on the biggest need for the Oilers: a right shot top-four defenceman. Today we look at the 64th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tyson Barrie. Barrie is an RFA, and he’s the latest young Colorado Avalanche player who seems to be in a…


Kassian close to re-signing

Bob McKenzie tweeted the following early this morning. EDM and Zack Kassian are closing in on a one-year deal. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 19, 2016 I made some inquiries and it is basically a done deal.  What will his salary be? Kassian made $2 million last year, but he had a cap hit of…


Nation Network Prospect Profiles #40: Libor Hajek

Photo Source: Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Among the defencemen projected to be available in the second round is Czech born rearguard Libor Hájek. Hájek has just completed his first season in North America, playing for a rather dreadful Saskatoon Blades team. Hájek is a defensive defenceman in the modern sense. That is, not a stay-at-home, clear…


The hockey world spent most of the pre-series talking about the legends on the Detroit Red Wings. Honestly, if you listened to the verbal before Game 1, betting a plug nickel on the Oilers would be a silly thing to do. As they say, that’s why they play the games.