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The Oilers and Their Penalty Kill

Last season, the Oilers’ special teams were the best we’ve seen in a long time. Their powerplay got a lot of attention, and rightfully, so considering it was one of the most productive units the NHL has seen since 1980. On the flip side, after years of having a below-average penalty kill, they took some…

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Weekly Rumours – Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

As the weeks go on, the start of next season continues to become a bigger and bigger story. It was honestly a little surprising to see the NHL and the NHLPA work so together so well when they came up with the Return to Play plan over the summer. Seeing the two sides reach an…

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How should the Oilers handle Puljujarvi next season?

One of the most intriguing players on the Oilers roster heading into next season is Jesse Puljujarvi. The 2016 fourth overall pick will be returning to the NHL after spending a season with Karpat in Finland and the fan base is largely split on what to expect from him as he returns to North America…

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Weekly Rumours – Money, Money, Money

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to try and hash out a plan for the upcoming season, money has become a big part of the conversation. That should surprise absolutely no one considering the current financial situation and the fact that the majority of the teams in the league won’t be able to sell tickets…

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Weekly Rumours – The Big Questions for Next Season

The free-agent talk has really died down and there aren’t a lot of significant trade rumours floating around either, but that doesn’t mean this is a dull time for hockey fans. We still don’t know what next season will look like but there is plenty of chatter about what it could look like.

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What should expectations be for Dominik Kahun?

Depth scoring was a big issue for the Oilers last season and was one of the main reasons why they failed to get past the Chicago Blackhawks in the qualifying round. Ken Holland has done an excellent job addressing that issue this offseason. The signing of Dominik Kahun was another really good signing that will…

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Weekly Rumours – Expect a Quiet Few Months for Ken Holland

The Oilers made news this week, signing forward Dominik Kahun to a one-year contract worth under $1 million. If you’ve been reading this blog every week or listening to any of the Oilersnation podcasts, then you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this move. It’s a low-risk, high upside signing and if it goes…

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The Oilers Expansion Plans

While a lot of talk right now is centred around what the 2020/21 season will look like and when it will happen, I wanted to focus a little bit of time on something that will be taking place after the next season: the Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken.

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Weekly Rumours – Who has money to spend?

The flat salary cap frustrated a lot of teams. Before the pandemic hit, the expectation was that that the salary cap ceiling would be going up by at least $3 million. Obviously, that didn’t happen and teams had to make some tough decisions and let go of some players that they really didn’t want to….

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Can Bear and Yamamoto Do It Again?

The 2019/20 regular season was the best the Oilers had since 2016/17 when they made the postseason. A big reason why they were able to outperform expectations this past year is that they got contributions from players they weren’t expecting to and they had a pair of young players take big steps forward.

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Weekly Rumours – Where Will the Remaining Big Names Go?

This offseason got quiet in a hurry. The rumour mill dried up over the last week, which is surprising because there are still a handful of really good free agents available and some big names who I think could still get traded before next season begins. Over the next month or so, some teams are…

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Weekly Rumours – Are the Oilers Done?

Ken Holland appeared to have addressed all of the Edmonton Oiler’s major needs within the first few days of free agency. He got a third-line centre, a powerplay replacement for Klefbom, a left-winger, and a back-up goalie. You can argue about the quality of players he got, I’m personally happy with most of them, but…