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Will Health Impact Who Ken Holland Trades?

It is often overlooked, mainly because it is so impossible to project, but health can be a major factor for team success. What if Victor Hedman didn’t get injured on March 30th, 2019, against Washington? He missed the final four regular season games, returned for the first two playoff games, but he was clearly injured…

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Bouchard Won’t Replace Barrie

The Edmonton Oilers have a salary cap crunch. Currently, they have 11 forwards, seven D-men and two goalies on the roster that add up to $74,926,000 in cap space. Add in $4,166,667 in dead cap space from Milan Lucic’s salary retention and buyouts for James Neal and Andrej Sekera, and add $896K for bonus overages…

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Puljujarvi Trade Scenario, Kane’s Confidence and More

Jesse Puljujarvi’s arbitration hearing is set for next Friday, giving Ken Holland, Bill Scott and Puljujarvi’s agent, Markus Lehto, one week to find common ground or let the arbitrator decide. We rarely see players reach arbitration. Tyler Bertuzzi did in 2020 with the Detroit Red Wings. Bertuzzi’s camp asked for $4.25m AAV, while the Red…

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Off the Top of My Head

Knowing Bob Stauffer’s record for telegraphing what’s to come with the Edmonton Oilers in the years he’s been the team’s radio analyst on 630 CHED, I’ve got absolutely no doubt the team will come to terms on a new contract with Kailer Yamamoto before his arbitration hearing Aug. 7. 

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As Advertised

One of the things that struck me last July when the Edmonton Oilers inked Zach Hyman to a seven-year contract was the sheer outpouring of well wishes and praise from fans and people close to the Toronto Maple Leafs. You know, talk about Hyman being a really good player and an even better guy.

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Off the Top of My Head

Hockey Canada’s announcement it’s doing away with its National Equity Fund – a fund we didn’t know existed and addresses claims not covered by insurance policies, including those related to sexual misconduct – isn’t nearly enough to set things straight. Not even close. Doing away with this hush money slush fund should be the beginning…