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Can the Oilers even move Milan Lucic’s contract?

Milan Lucic is a useful player on a bad contract. His seven-year $42-million deal was a curious choice from the start, but Lucic had a decent track record and in theory, the Oilers could get a few productive years before it truly became an anchor contract. That time has come far earlier. Both the Oilers…

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The Oilers should keep their first round pick

On Saturday night, the Edmonton Oilers fell one spot in the 2018 draft to 10th overall. They should resist trading the pick. It’s easy to see why the Oilers would trade their first: they need to upgrade on defence and the wing, they have few tradeable assets, and their first round pick won’t play immediately…

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What if everything went right?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, which made me wonder what if everything had went right and the Oilers were in round one of the playoffs currently? There’s a lot of talk about what went wrong and which bets were poor, but we’ve heard it all before. Let’s have some fun and imagine if the…

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What is going on with the Oilers?

After Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli addressed the media earlier in the week, Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson held a press conference to say, well, that Peter Chiarelli will remain as Oilers general manager and things are more or less the same.

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The Oilers’ wingers aren’t adequate

Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media Wednesday following what was a very disappointing season for the Edmonton Oilers. If you haven’t had a chance, take some time and watch it here. Chiarelli’s comment (6:40) about having wingers and their scoring “being more than adequate” stuck out to me.

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A $9.5-million third pairing?

There’s a real chance both Andrej Sekera ($5.5 million AAV) and Kris Russell ($4 million AAV) find themselves on the Oilers’ third pairing next season. The Oilers need to upgrade their defence. They currently have three defenceman they can count on to play top-four minutes next season: Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom, and Adam Larsson.

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What is the Oilers’ biggest need?

The Edmonton Oilers have five games left and then the offseason begins. Roster moves don’t happen until June, but some coaches and general managers go, college free agents sign and the lottery balls are drawn to see who gets the first three picks in the draft. What is the Oilers’ biggest need going into the…

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The Oilers are aggressively adding forward prospects

A month ago, I wrote about the lack of forward prospects in the Edmonton Oilers pipeline. Jesse Puljujarvi isn’t really a prospect anymore, which leaves Kailer Yamamoto as the only forward prospect that has a chance to make an impact in the NHL within the next year.

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The McDavid Oilers are behind other rebuilds

Missing the playoffs in the third year of Connor McDavid’s entry-level contract is a huge disappointment. Making a run at the Stanley Cup during a young superstar’s ELC is important. Once they get paid, other players are often sacrificed to accommodate their jump in salary.