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Getting a Goal Scorer at the NHL Draft

There is a difference between an NHL team’s short-term needs and long-term needs. Around draft time, it’s especially important to keep that in mind. You’ll often hear people say that a team should never draft for need and should always take the best player available. I don’t think teams should do that 100% of the…

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There’s Risk With ‘Win Now Mode’

This is going to be a very interesting offseason for the Edmonton Oilers. They have some clear holes that need to be filled and not a lot of cap space to work with. Their problems are not unique though. It feels like 90% of the NHL is looking to shed either cap space or straight-up…

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Weekly Rumours – One Week Closer to the Madness…

Another week has come and gone and that means we are even closer to what should be a wild month of October. We already know the NHL Draft will start on October 6th and wrap up the following day. Free Agency will begin two days later on October 9th at 10 a.m. mountain time.  The…

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Finding a Third-Line Centre: The Trade Options

In my opinion, the Oiler’s two biggest needs heading into this coming offseason are upgrading their goaltending and finding a solid third-line centre who can give them a solid third scoring line. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been going through some of the players that could be available for them to acquire. I started…

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Weekly Rumours – An Update on the Goaltending Market

Could this offseason be one of the busiest we’ve seen in a while? It’s certainly a possibility. The other day, TSN’s Frank Seravalli told Lowetide on TSN 1260 that GM’s around the league are “incredibly busy and active,” and that some have told him “you can’t believe how much chatter is out there”. Now, Seravalli…

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Evaluating the Third Line Centres on the NHL Free Agent Market

Last week, I took a look at the goaltending market and where the Oilers could look to improve their situation between the pipes. I believe that’s the most important area for Ken Holland to improve and he needs to find a quality goaltender to play alongside Mikko Koskinen, whether it’s via trade or free agency.

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Is Max Domi a good fit for the Oilers?

A lot of the talk surrounding the Oilers right now is centred around their situation between the pipes. It’s no secret that Ken Holland will need to upgrade this team’s goaltending at some point during the offseason, and he likely will, but that’s not the only upgrade that Holland will need to make over the…

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Weekly Rumours – Dissecting The Trade Bait Board

Another week has gone by in the NHL and we saw another trade get made. Teams are showing that even though the playoffs are still going, they aren’t going to wait to make moves, which is certainly helping spark the rumour mill. Let’s dig into some of the big stories from around the league!

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Which Teams Have a Goalie to Trade?

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the available free agent goaltenders and which ones could make sense for the Oilers this offseason. I also talked about the importance of Ken Holland finding a more long-term solution between the pipes, instead of just another one-year stopgap like they had this past season with Mike Smith….

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Weekly Rumours – Big Changes in the Pacific Division?

We got a trade this week! Nothing gets the rumour mill going like an actual trade and the one we got on Thursday was actually a pretty big one. The Penguins picked up a potential top-six forward but they did deal away a first-round pick, which makes me wonder if that’s what they’ll be looking…