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UFA Profile: Is a Patrick Maroon reunion possible?

To the surprise of everyone, the Oilers were sellers at last year’s trade deadline. Part of their sale at the deadline involved dealing Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils for a third-round pick. It’s no secret that Maroon enjoyed his time in Edmonton and was a great fit with the team. Is it possible…

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NHL’s buyout period begins tonight

The National Hockey League’s annual buyout window is set to open tonight at 12:01 ET. It will run until June 30th at 5:00 p.m. EST. During that time span, teams can buy-out a player by paying him two-thirds of the remaining value of a contract over twice the remaining length of the contract.

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WWYDT: Trade up, down, or stay at No. 10?

I know, I know. It’s supposed to be What Would You Do Wednesday. But sometimes in the lovely, sunny confines of Riverdale with the birds chirping and Family Feud on the TV, we completely forget what day it is. So here we are! What Would You Do Wednesday Thursday Edition!  The draft is right around the…

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Oilers announce pre-season schedule

The Edmonton Oilers announced their eight-game pre-season schedule today. It’ll feature seven regular games in North America and one game against a team from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.

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Change of Scenery: Milan Lucic for… Dion Phaneuf?

The big news around Oil Country as of late has been about the potential split of Milan Lucic and the Oilers this off-season. I kicked off a series of possible albatross-for-albatross swaps yesterday with Corey Perry. Let’s dive into a defenceman the Oilers could look at in return for sending Lucic to one of his…

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Change of Scenery: Milan Lucic for… Corey Perry?

Over the next week, I’m going to take a deep dive into some of the bad contracts the Oilers could get back in a Milan Lucic dump swap. The hot news around Edmonton right now is that the team is working on a divorce with Lucic and his albatross contract. The Oilers want to move…

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UFA Profile: Michael Grabner’s poor finish makes him a buy-low option

I talked the other day about the Oilers being unable to add high-quality, marquee free agents this summer due to their salary cap situation. Peter Chiarelli will have to upgrade Edmonton’s roster with inexpensive, low-risk players because he’s already made big free agent acquisitions in previous summers. Thomas Vanek was the idea fit I talked…

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UFA Profile: Thomas Vanek can provide cheap depth scoring

I think we know by this point that the Oilers aren’t going to be making a big free agent splash. I’ve written about ideal free agent signings like James Neal and John Carlson, but there’s no way the Oilers will be able to fit them under the salary cap this summer. Instead, the Oilers will likely…

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WWYDW: Dealing a player with term?

Bob Stauffer put out an interesting and somewhat ambiguous tweet today about how he envisions Edmonton’s off-season playing out. Stauffer said he doesn’t expect the Oilers to deal their No. 10 overall pick or be in on pricey unrestricted free agents but they might look to deal one of their players locked into a long-term…

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McKenzie: Alex Petrovic is available

After all the hoops they jumped through in order to keep him last summer, the Florida Panthers are saying Alex Petrovic is available. Bob McKenzie discussed the rugged defender being on the trade market in his most recent edition of the BobCast.

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Condors flesh out coaching staff

The Bakersfield Condors will have a new look behind their bench next season. Jay Woodcroft, as announced a couple weeks ago, will move from the Oilers bench to the head coaching position of the Condors. Joining him as assistants will be Dave Manson and J-F Houle.

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UFA Profile: James Neal is the perfect fit the Oilers can’t afford

James Neal has always been discussed as somebody who would make a lot of sense on the Oilers. After he was selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Neal looked like a prime target for the Oilers to chase for their playoff run. Unfortunately, the tables flipped, the Oilers weren’t good enough for…