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WWYDW: Hit the panic button or walk away from the ledge?

Have you heard? The Oilers are four games into the season and they only have one win. They’re nearly at the bottom of the NHL’s standings, sitting in 30th place ahead of only the hapless Buffalo Sabres. I thought the Decade of Darkness was over?! That brings us to this week’s what would you do Wednesday question….

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WWYDW: Line Shuffling

After a dominant performance that saw Edmonton spank Calgary 3-0 on opening night, things have gone south for the Oilers. They got outworked by the Canucks, then dropped an ugly one to the Jets on home ice, and now sit 1-2-0 for the season. I don’t think three games is any reason to smash the…

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WWYDW: Alternate Jerseys

Over the past few weeks, I’ve asked Oilersnation about depth forwards, defencemen, and how best to optimize the team’s superstars. Currently, the website is overflowing with discussions about how best to handle Kailer Yamamoto this year and the hot issue of athletes and politics. So for this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, I want…

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WWYDW: The Dynamic Duo

The last couple of weeks, I’ve asked Oilersnation what the team should do in regards to its fringe forwards and defencemen. These questions about which depth players will crack the roster will largely be sorted based on pre-season games, which was the general consensus in the comments section. This week, I ask another lineup question,…

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WWYDW: The open roster spot left by Anton Slepyshev’s injury

Last week, I asked about the Edmonton Oilers’ blueline heading into the 2017-18 season. Specifically, I asked if the Oilers should sign Cody Franson to fill in while Andrej Sekera recovers from injury. He ended up signing a PTO with the Chicago Blackhawks, so the Oilers will end up rolling with what they have.

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WWYDW: Cody Franson

According to Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal, the Oilers are one of the final two teams in on defenceman Cody Franson. Apparently, it’s between Edmonton and the Chicago Blackhawks for the big, puck moving, right-handed defenceman. So in this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday Question is about the man of the hour — Cody Franson. Would…

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WWYDW: Professional Tryouts

We’re now deep into the bargain bin section of summer free agency, the point where players are starting to accept tryout offers because there just aren’t that many guaranteed contracts on offer. In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask which free agents still out there might be good fits for the Oilers….

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WWYDW: What would you be willing to do to bring in a franchise defenceman?

Let’s imagine, for a moment, a spectacularly unlikely hypothetical situation: The Los Angeles Kings crater next season. Further, the Kings determine that between their older core, their salary cap problems and their poor performance both during and post-Darryl Sutter, the timing is right for a rebuild. As a result, they determine to shop Drew Doughty…

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WWYDW: Is Patrick Maroon a long-term fit for the Edmonton Oilers?

Despite getting Connor McDavid’s long-term extension done early, the Edmonton Oilers are still going to have some tough contract talks to get through next summer. Among the toughest will be negotiations with Patrick Maroon, a pending unrestricted free agent who has blossomed into a serious offensive player during his time in Edmonton. We’re talking about…

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WWYDW: How much interest should the Oilers have in Jaromir Jagr?

The Edmonton Oilers’ roster would appear to be mostly complete, but the team still has some money to play with and arguably room for to add one more offensive weapon. When we discussed the remains of free agency on this site a month ago, the comments section overwhelmingly favoured one player over the rest of…

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WWYDW: Which pricey Oiler would you sacrifice for cap space?

The Edmonton Oilers have already started making salary cap sacrifices, and while they’re in good shape for this season it’s likely that they’ll have to make another move next year. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask you which player should be first on the chopping block when the time…