The Roundup

Exploring Jason Demers and the Canucks, Toronto as a win now destination, Jets being undisciplined, are Ken Holland’s days numbered, how much have the Flames improved, McDavid and Draisaitl is a dream, a Jordan Eberle interview and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen


Andrew Ference officially retires

According to the team’s official Twitter, former Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference has officially announced his retirement from professional hockey. The native of Sherwood Park played 16 seasons in the NHL and three with the Oilers, but his time on the ice in Edmonton was cut short due to a hip injury that ultimately ended…


Top 100 Oilers: Bill Ranford (11)

As command performances go, you have to look long and hard to find one better than the beauty Bill Ranford turned in over a stretch of seven weeks during the spring of 1990 when he backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to their fifth Stanley Cup and copped the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP along the…


Crystal Ball: Five Predictions for the Fall

I think we have the Oilers fall roster surrounded. The club is at 50 contracts (two slide rules, so a little wiggle room) and if we are honest most of the roster is probably in place. Things change. A year ago, Griffin Reinhart was going to have to play his way off the team (he…


WWYDW: Where does Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fit in?

For a brief period during Rebuild 2.0, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was widely seen as the most valuable member of the Edmonton Oilers, the team’s finest centre since Doug Weight. Now he’s been eclipsed by both Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and is at risk of becoming a salary cap casualty like long-time running mate Jordan Eberle….


Comparing the top player salaries across sports

Connor McDavid just signed the biggest contract of his life, my life and your life. He’s a twenty-year-old about to make $100 million and more over the next nine years and that’s not even including the millions he’ll receive in sponsorships and promotional money. I almost lost sleep that night because not only am I…