Caleb Jones Feeling Confident Again

Very few NHL career paths have a smooth, consistent trajectory. Most of them are filled with peaks and valleys and more potholes than an Edmonton street in spring. The list of players, even some Hall of Famers, who had early success, only to struggle the following season, is long. Consistency is very hard to capture,…


Why Force It?

There are plenty of common-sense reasons why the NHL should step up today and call off Friday’s re-scheduled game between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks on the Left Coast, but as we all know, common sense doesn’t always rule the day.


Going All-In

Well, the pitchforks are out in some circles after Ken Holland stayed relatively quiet at the NHL trade deadline. To an extent, I understand why the Oilers didn’t push their chips into the middle. I also understand that it can be frustrating to watch a team with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl not go all…


Depth Scoring Isn’t Issue In Edmonton

Which one do you read or hear about more? The Oilers lack depth scoring. Edmonton relies on two players too much. I suspect you’ve heard or read those comments or some similar facsimiles often in recent years. It was valid in 2019 and 2020 when the OIlers were 23rd and 20th in 5×5 goals for,…


Monday Musings: Is Kulikov Addition Enough?

The great part about the buildup and hype surrounding the trade deadline is the varying opinions on which trades were good, bad or negligible. Emotions and opinions get amped up more than most days and you are either on one side or the other. There is very little middle ground, which makes the debates more…


A Bird in the Hand…

Old fogies like me are well aware of the tried-and-true saying, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,” and that’s what makes Dmitry Kulikov a very solid acquisition by the Edmonton Oilers prior to today’s NHL trade deadline. He’s not the big splash some fans wanted, but he fills a need.


The 2021 Trade Deadline Live Blog

Happy moving day, folks! As per tradition around here, your ol’ pal Baggedmilk is here with the 2021 edition of the NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog! Are you excited? I’m excited. I’ll be here all day long, bringing you all of the Oilers related news that may or may not even happen until the final…