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NHL Buyout History… Window Opens Today

NHL buyouts came into existence when the salary cap was introduced for the 2005/2006 season after the year-long lockout. Here’s a quick recap on the buyout rules. Teams can buyout out a player to obtain a reduced salary cap hit, however, it extends over a period twice the length of the remaining contract. If a…

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Can the Oilers Improve Internally?

An uninspired four games against Chicago in the qualifying round doesn’t erase the positive strides the Edmonton Oilers made in the 71-game regular season. Often in hockey, a team can learn more from an embarrassing performance. No one wants a painful life lesson, but many teams have had to endure them. A tough learning experience…

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Historic Day for Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl had already joined an elite group earlier this year when he won the Art Ross Trophy. He became the 32nd player to win the award in the 72 seasons the NHL has awarded the trophy to the leading scorer. Today, he added to his trophy case, winning the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player…

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And the winner is…

I’ve got to admit I had difficulty working up much interest in Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, and that’s not intended as any kind of insult toward Schitt’s Creek, the brilliant Canadian comedy that dominated the show. I’m just not big on awards shows. Don’t love them. Don’t hate them.

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Go Stars

I wouldn’t bet even one thin dime that the Dallas Stars will prevail against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series that starts tonight at Rogers Place, but in keeping with how outside the box this season has been since COVID-19 turned everything upside down, I wouldn’t mind a bit if…

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Never Forget

Time passes so quickly and I find that my recollection of scores and statistics from all my years covering the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL beat fade. I need to look them up. Not so my memories of the people – whether I knew them well or just in passing — who I met along…

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Nielson’s Notes: Oilers – Golden Knights Edition

We are closing in on the middle of March and the Oilers hosted the Golden Knights with a chance to move into first place in the Pacific. Thanks to an amazing performance from Mikko Koskinen the Oilers managed to pick up a point and increase their cushion in the race for second place in the…

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The Numbers Game

Ladies and gentlemen, another round of applause for Ken Holland, please. One of the best off-season bets for Holland has paid off and now Josh Archibald has two more years to work his ass off with the Oilers here in Edmonton.

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The Mother of All Months

After tonight’s game against Winnipeg, the Oilers have 17 games remaining on their schedule, 16 of those will take place in March before wrapping up against the Flames on April 4th.

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Oilers RFA William Lagesson signs one-year deal with HC Vita Hasten

Earlier today, it was announced via the Vita Hasten website that Edmonton Oilers RFA defenceman, William Lagesson, has signed a one-year deal with the club for the 2020-21 HockeyAllsvenskan season. With the #LetsGoOilers loaning D William Lagesson to Allsvenskan in Sweden, he has an NHL out clause and can return to NHL this year.https://t.co/V1X54HNxuS —…

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2020 NHL UFA Top 30: Dustin Byfuglien and Wayne Simmonds

Welcome to the OilersNation UFA preview. Over the next 15 days, we’ll be profiling the top 30 players in this year’s UFA class, as listed by TSN. Contract information is from our friends at Puckpedia. Full UFA list via puckpedia here. Analytics provided by hockeyviz.com and naturalstattrick.com. Contract projections are done by evolving-hockey.com with the presumption contracts are signed between Aug. – Oct….

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2020 NHL UFA Top 30: Erik Gustafsson and Cody Ceci

Welcome to the OilersNation UFA preview. Over the next 15 days, I’ll be profiling the top 30 players in this years UFA class, as listed by TSN. Contract information is from our friends at Puckpedia. Full UFA list via puckpedia here. Analytics provided by hockeyviz.com and naturalstattrick.com. Contract projections are done by evolving-hockey.com with the…

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GDB 40.0 Wrap-Up: Koskinen Comes up just short in 4-2 Christmas Heartbreaker

Mikko Koskinen did his absolute darndest to give the Edmonton Oilers their shot to potentially head into the holiday break first in the Pacific Division. Some unlucky bounces, a controversial goal, and a deflated third period worked against his best efforts, though. So although the Oilers got themselves off to a fairly nice start against…

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GDB 31.0 Wrap-Up: Back on Top (Oilers 2, Kings 1)

Well, well, well. Good to be back on top, isn’t it? The Edmonton Oilers briefly slipped from their spot atop the Pacific Division on Thursday and through most of the day on Friday, getting temporarily usurped by the Arizona Coyotes (2015 seems to far away!) to look down upon [most of] the rest of the…

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Building a Better Bottom Six

The recent success Leon Draisaitl’s had with Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gives the Oilers a one-two punch they haven’t had in McDavid’s career before (though, that trio won’t be together tonight). Ken Holland added wingers Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis at the trade deadline. Can the Edmonton Oilers create a scary group of forwards…

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Oilers Through 80 Percent: Three Up, Three Down

The Edmonton Oilers are through 80 percent of their games in the 2019-20 season. Their 36-23-8 record is very solid and leaves them on track to make the playoffs for the second time in 14 years. I last wrote about which Oilers were trending up or down at the 40-percent mark. Let’s check in which Oilers…

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Caleb Jones is playing well in Oscar Klefbom’s absence

As far as big stories on defence go, Ethan Bear takes most of the spotlight in 2019-20. Bear is averaging almost 22 minutes a game and has five goals and 21 points playing in a top-four role with Darnell Nurse. Bear is logging big minutes and the Oilers do well with him on the ice…