One of the biggest storylines this season is going to surround Darnell Nurse. The 24-year-old rearguard had his best season in the NHL last year scoring a career-high 41 points in 82 games while playing a career-high 23:49 a night.
Dear Jesse, I know you probably won’t see this. But that’s okay, I wanted to write to you anyways.
It’s not surprising that James Neal and Milan Lucic have been accentuating the positive since being swapped for each other by the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Did anybody expect them not to stress the silver lining in finding a new place to play after Ken Holland and Brad Treliving swapped underachievers?
To say that signing Milan Lucic was a mistake is easy in hindsight. He came to Edmonton on a contract nobody knew was good, but there was at least a glimmer of hope he would provide a few decent years for the Oilers.
After weeks of speculation, Ken Holland finally convinced the Flames to take Milan Lucic off his hands. Lucic heads to Calgary in exchange for James Neal while the Oilers also give up a conditional 3rd round pick in 2020 and will be retaining 12.5% of Lucic’s contract.
Ken Holland has been fairly quiet since becoming Oilers general manager, until now. The Edmonton Oilers have traded Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round pick to Calgary for James Neal. The Oilers will retain 12.5 percent of Lucic’s contract ($750,000). The Flames receive a 2020 third-round pick if Neal scores at least 21 goals and…
After talking about a potential Milan Lucic trade for a couple of summers now, Ken Holland finally pulled the trigger on a trade that will see the big man heading down Highway 2 to Calgary in exchange for “The Real Deal” James Neal. How did this happen? Dustin Nielson has the breakdown.
Well, it looks like it’s finally happened. The long-awaited divorce between Milan Lucic and the Edmonton Oilers has been completed. The Oilers have reportedly linked up on a deal with their provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames, on a deal to swap Lucic for James Neal.
The one thing we haven’t had enough of as we find ourselves smack-dab in the middle of the dog days of the NHL off-season is enough articles about what the Edmonton Oilers group of forwards and line combinations might look like next season, so I’m going to write another. Actually, no.
The Oilers need an answer. This summer they signed a lot of bottom-six players to short-term, low-risk contracts and that really complicated a bottom-six that already had a lot of players competing for jobs. I like the idea of competition for bottom-six jobs, it’s what good organizations do on a routine basis, the only issue…
The majority of the roster spots among the Oilers forward group are completely up for grabs and that includes the most coveted spot alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Zack Kassian had a strong showing late in the season, but with a new coaching staff in place, there is no guarantee that he’ll be back…
Leafs and Marner still far apart; Oilers changing the look of scouting; looking at the Canucks transition and scoring; did the Flames and Jets jerseys get leaked; Sam Bennett’s role is becoming more clear; free agency, hockey parents, Don Cherry and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Sumo Jerky.