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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Goaltenders

Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going…

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Pay the Man

Connor McDavid was one of the main reasons the Edmonton Oilers were a held pad away from the Western Conference Finals against Nashville last season. Were his stats all worldly in the extra season? No. That said, would the Oilers have made the dance without #97? HELLS BELLS TO THE NO.

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Right Wing: Samwise?

If the Edmonton Oilers run Leon Draisaitl at center, then the right-wing depth chart as it currently stands is long on opportunity and short on certainty. Let’s have a quick look at an important category to see what we’re dealing with at this position. 5X5 SCORING PER 60 MINUTES RW’s with 200 or more minutes…

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Monday Musings: Chiarelli’s Strategy

The expansion draft and NHL draft are over and the window to begin talking to pending unrestricted free agents is open. The rules state teams “Can’t negotiate terms,” if you need a good chuckle this Monday morning. I’m sure they just take tours of the city and arenas, but never discuss or negotiate contracts. Chiarelli…

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Oilers lock up Kassian, tender four QO’s

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Oilers have locked up RFA Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth a total of $5.85 m while the team reported that four qualifying offers have been tendered. Kassian will earn an AAV of $1.95 m. He was an RFA this offseason. In his second season with the Oilers,…

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Introducing the Gretzky is Everywhere Exhibition

Whether you’re an adult or a small child, something we all have in common since the day we were born is the extreme interest in competing in a city-wide scavenger hunt. Well, I’m happy to tell you guys that our friends at the Art Gallery of Alberta are bringing you just that, in Bingo card form!…

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Monday Mailbag – Where does Ryan Strome fit?

The Expansion and NHL Entry Drafts are in the books, Jordan Eberle has been moved, and we’ve got a lot to get to which will help to kill some company time until you’re allowed to go home. As always, we’re back with the mailbag to help you do that. I always need you guys for…

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Tyler Pitlick: Overnight Sensation

Are you kidding me? Seriously? After many long years, and many many injuries, Tyler Pitlick arrived as an NHL player this fall. He scored at will, and even though he got hurt again, it was pretty clear there was NHL ability with this player. Finally! So, Peter Chiarelli, sign him up! One problem. The injury…

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Led by Cale Makar, AJHL sees highest number of players selected since 2012

This past year was a special one for the Alberta Junior Hockey League as three players were selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. In the first round, the Colorado Avalanche made history by selecting Cale Makar from the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits. Makar broke the AJHL’s record for highest drafted player which had been previous…

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Are the Oilers done adding to the Prospect Pool?

A weekend spent stocking the prospect shelves has the Edmonton Oilers in a better position. There is plenty of work to do and we should be seeing more additions for the bubbling under group before summer’s end. Peter Chiarelli arrived in Edmonton with some outstanding talent (and Connor McDavid on the horizon) like Leon Draisaitl…

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Top 100 Oilers: Charlie Huddy (13)

You could have a good debate if you asked a room full of hockey fans to name the best-ever defense pairings in the NHL. Whether you’re old school and think it might be Larry Robinson and Serge Savard or younger and Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis get your vote, chances are you’d also have the…