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Cup Final UFA Radar

As you watch the highly entertaining back and forth play in this year’s Stanley Cup Final you are probably thinking one thing. How can the Oilers get some of these guys? By my count, there are eight soon to be UFA’s that have played so far in the series. The majority of the players who…

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Joseph or Holtby: Which save was better?

Braden Holtby made the best save I’ve seen since Edmonton Oilers goalie Curtis Joseph robbed Joe Nieuwendyk in game seven in their 1997 series. The Capitals slayed their nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in round two. They came back from a 3-2 series deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning and now Holtby’s save in game…

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Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2016 NHL Draft

Can you believe that we’re already made it to the 2016 Draft in our prospect countdown? This marks the ninth instalment of the prospect series where I take a look at the 7-15th overall picks from the past decade to see if there are any lessons to learn. As always, I’ve looked at the guys…

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WWYDW: The ideal UFA target

It was announced this week that the NHL’s salary cap ceiling for 2018-19 will fall between $78 and $82 million. That’s good news for the Oilers as Connor McDavid’s $12.5 million extension is set to kick in on top of the team’s already-crowded salary cap picture.

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Nick Ellis announces retirement

Edmonton Oilers goalie prospect Nick Ellis announced via Instagram today that he’s retiring from professional hockey to pursue a career in coaching and education. Ellis was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

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At Random: Back in the Show

I believe the Edmonton Oilers got it right with the hiring of assistant coaches Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros. That said, it’s always bothered me they managed to get it so wrong with Todd Nelson, who the organization basically whiffed on three times before he ended up as the head coach of the…

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Viveiros’ strategy on the power play

Manny Viveiros was an electrifying offensive defenceman in junior with the Prince Albert Raiders. In his draft year, at 17 years of age, he produced 15-94-109 points in 67 games. He scored 17-71-88 the following year and 22-70-92 in 57 games as a 19-year-old. In his second pro season in the now-defunct International Hockey League…

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Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2015 NHL Draft

Can you believe that we’re already eight years into our Draft countdown? Including today’s list, we’ll have looked at 72 NHL prospects that were selected within the 7-15th range to see if there are any patterns or lessons that we can learn when it comes to the 10th overall pick that’s coming up in June….

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Top 10 Who Got Away: Andrew Cogliano (5)

I never had much faith in Steve Tambellini during his tenure as GM of the Edmonton Oilers. Tambellini, who sat in the big chair from 2008-13, seemed to me to be the hockey antithesis of Kyle MacDonald, the young man who rose to fame in 2005 for starting with a paperclip and trading up to…