Tracers: 1980 Summer

In the spring of 1980, Edmonton Oilers fans were basking in the glow of the team’s first NHL season. Watching the town team march into Maple Leaf Gardens and winning in a romp was fantastic, I well remember the absolute glee it brought me. Oilers fans most enjoyed watching opposition teams experience the shock and…


Countdown to Season: Question #3 and Klefbom

Oscar Klefbom played the most minutes of any Oilers skater in 2016/2017. He had a career year in every aspect. He was healthy for an entire season for the first time in his career, dressing in all 82 games. He set career highs in goals, assists and points, scoring 12-26-38, and did it all while…


The Oilers reportedly had interest in Shane Doan

Shane Doan, the 21-year NHL veteran and leader in virtually every major statistical category in Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes franchise history, announced his retirement yesterday. Set to turn 41 in October, Doan announced that he would be moving on from the Coyotes earlier this summer when the organization parted ways with long-time head coach Dave Tippett. According…


Some Quick Comparables For Russell Post-Thirty

I’ve had a nice quiet summer. I got to do a little travelling around Europe and spent many weekend days cooking large pieces of meat with fire. Everything was wonderful and then my good friend Baggedmilk decides to remind me that Kris Russell is probably going to be the Oilers’ number 3 defender until Christmas…


Top 100: 96 down and four to go

So, here we are today with four names remaining on the Top 100 Edmonton Oilers of all-time list. It’s a project we started more than two years ago (Aug. 12, 2015) and that’s seen us run four profiles per month since the series began. It’s been a fun project and one, I hope, that’s generated…


Countdown to Season: Question #2 and RNH

What is the best role for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins this season? He is a natural centre, and I would play him there. The decision will be: does he play on your second line and face the other team’s top two lines or does he play on the third line against easier competition?


Breaking down the Oilers’ TV schedule for the 2017-18 season

My friends, we’ve arrived at the special time in the summer where things are actually starting to happen! This morning, Sportsnet announced the Oilers TV schedule for the upcoming season which includes 37 nation games, 45 regional games, and a whole bunch of 7pm starts. Let’s break it down.


WWYDW: Professional Tryouts

We’re now deep into the bargain bin section of summer free agency, the point where players are starting to accept tryout offers because there just aren’t that many guaranteed contracts on offer. In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask which free agents still out there might be good fits for the Oilers….


Cody Franson: Have Gun, Will Travel

One year ago, Kris Russell was a free agent trying to find a place to land. The market dried up in a quick hurry and he was left stone alone. Eventually, the Edmonton Oilers came calling and Russell signed a team-friendly one-year deal with the team. Russell was rewarded this summer with a lucrative four-year…