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The Smart One

We don’t know if the Edmonton Oilers are going to keep the 10th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft or trade it away as part of a package to acquire more immediate help. If the Oilers do keep the pick, I’m reasonably confident they will make the right choice under assistant GM Keith…

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WWYDW: The key restricted free agents — Nurse, Benning, and Strome

Earlier this week, hockey statistician Matt Cane released his annual free agent predictions model featuring projected salaries for this summer’s restricted and unrestricted free agents. Of interest for the Oilers are defencemen Matt Benning and Darnell Nurse, who are set to sign their first post-ELC contracts, and Ryan Strome, who’ll be signing his third NHL…

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The Edmonton Oilers and No Movement Clauses

Sparked by TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, there has been some talk recently that the Oilers might be going “big game hunting” this offseason in order to find an offensive right-shot defenseman. Some disagree and say that the team should be targeting a winger as their big add this summer, while others think that Peter Chiarelli should…

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Looking back at the 7-15th picks from the 2008 NHL Draft

Yesterday, I posted a breakdown of the players that were selected with the 10th overall pick over the last decade to help in our quest to decide whether or not to trade this year’s pick. In the comments section that followed, CaptainCanada94 suggested that we not only look at who was selected 10th overall in their…

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Tuesday Thoughts: Game Sevens, Tavares and Nurse contracts

The Washington Capitals will play their 11th game seven since 2008, the most in the NHL, tomorrow night in Tampa Bay. For long-suffering Capitals fans, game seven has not been kind. The Capitals are 3-7 since 2008 and are 4-11 all-time. Only the Boston Bruins have more game seven losses, 12, in NHL history, but…

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Draisaitl’s Wingman

If Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are a destined to start together next year who or what does that leave for Leon Draisaitl? Let’s take Ty Rattie off the list of options as I assume, even though I don’t agree with it, he will get the first crack with McNuge. Here is the major issue…

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Three Thoughts: Those Golden Knights

By reaching the 2018 Stanley Cup final in their first NHL season with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to be the most compelling story in sports right now for a lot of reasons. The storylines are obvious — reaching the Cup final as an expansion team with…

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UFA Profile: Don’t fall into the JVR trap

Every single year there’s a free agent on the open market that signs a contract that everybody, even the team that signs it, is going to be an albatross sooner rather than later. Generally speaking, you’re signing a guy to push you over the top in the short-term and sweeping under the rug how that’ll…