PTO Options

The Edmonton Oilers have dipped into the professional try-out (PTO) market the past few years. Last year, the Oilers signed right wing Alex Chiasson and defenceman Jason Garrison after they came to camp on a PTO. Scottie Upshall was also on a PTO, but wasn’t healthy enough to warrant a contract. The year before, Chris…


Should Evan Bouchard play in the NHL in 2019-20?

The Oilers have been rightfully criticized for rushing prospects over the past decade. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were first-overall picks and ready for the NHL. Nail Yakupov was another first-overall pick, but he could have used more time either in junior or the KHL. But first overall picks almost always play right away. The…


What can we take from Ken Holland’s first months as Oilers GM?

Ken Holland’s made his first couple trades as Edmonton Oilers general manager and it includes a significant transaction. The Oilers traded Milan Lucic (and retained $750,000 of his salary) and a conditional third-round pick (pick goes to Calgary if Neal scores at least 21 goals and outscores Lucic by 10 goals) to the Calgary Flames…


Can James Neal rebound in Edmonton?

The Oilers acquired James Neal for Milan Lucic and a conditional third-round draft pick a little over a week ago. The big coup is (mostly) getting out from Lucic’s albatross contract, but Neal has also been a solid scoring winger for a decade before falling off last season in Calgary. Did the Oilers acquire a…


Milan Lucic for James Neal is a win for the Oilers

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…


Oilers must stop giving away what Connor McDavid creates

One of Ken Holland’s priorities includes fixing the Oilers’ bottom-six forwards. I’d go even further and extend that to the Oilers top nine. Quite simply, for every season but one in 2016-17, the Oilers without Connor McDavid on the ice have given up what McDavid’s created and then some.


Oilers should be in on Nikita Gusev

The Vegas Golden Knights are pressed up against the cap. How does an expansion team become the most capped out team before their third season ever? Acquiring a trio of veteran forwards paid UFA value, Max Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, and Mark Stone, as well as missing out on cheap players on entry-level contracts. Their first…


Free Agency Leftovers

The Oilers were fairly quiet on July 1st. They stayed away from big contracts with term, but that means they also lost out on some reliable top-six forwards they desperately need. The days after July 1st weren’t busy, but some solid players remain unsigned. The Oilers might be able to scoop up a decent player…


Oilers have many holes after first days of free agency

The Edmonton Oilers had a quiet July 1st. They made the Mike Smith signing official. Signed Markus Granlund and Tomas Jurco to one-year contracts. Brought Alex Chiasson back on a two-year deal, extended Jujhar Khaira for two more seasons, and announced the Gaetan Haas signing on July 2nd.


The Oilers opened up some cap space, now what?

The Oilers placed defenceman Andrej Sekera on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout Sunday morning. Sekera has two years remaining at a $5.5-million cap hit. A Sekera buyout opens $3 million in each of the next two seasons. With free agency opening tomorrow, it’s clear the Oilers have something in mind. How will…


Goalie Targets: Free Agents and Trades

The Edmonton Oilers need help in goal. Mikko Koskinen is paid like a starter but his glove hand is as reliable as Peter Chiarelli’s general manager abilities. Koskinen only has 59 career games played in the NHL and a .906 save percentage in 2018-19. It’s unfortunate Koskinen is paid $4.5 million per year, but the…