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Oilers Sign Pakarinen

News this evening (via NHLNumbers) that the Oilers have signed Iiro Pakarinen. The Finnish winger has been a trusted utility forward for coach Todd McLellan in the last two seasons (when healthy). The contract is for one year, and is a one-way deal and pays $725,000. Pakarinen is important to the Oilers because his signing…

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The obvious play on the Edmonton Oilers’ blue line

The Edmonton Oilers shouldn’t have too much trouble stabilizing their blue line this summer, even if Andrej Sekera’s six-to-nine month recovery timeline comes in on the longer side. It may not be literally true that an opportunity lies behind every difficulty, but at the NHL level that optimistic viewpoint usually has some validity. A veteran…

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These Oilers, Those Blackhawks

I wrote last week about the Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins from a decade ago because of the obvious similarities between Connor McDavid and a young Sidney Crosby. Through two seasons with McDavid in the fold, the Oilers have been shockingly similar to those Penguins teams from Crosby’s rookie and sophomore years. Obviously it’s a…