The Monday Mailbag – Hamonic or Shattenkirk?

It’s mailbag time again, my friends. I’ve taken the questions you’ve sent me and fired them over to our writers to get all the answers you’ve always been looking for. I say it every week, but this segment is entirely dependent on you guys to make it work, so send me your questions. You can email me at [email protected] or hit me up…


Who other than Connor McDavid plausibly deserves the Calder Trophy?

Anyone following the Calder Trophy race this season knows that Connor McDavid’s injury has badly hurt his chances of winning as award which almost certainly would have been his otherwise. The trouble for voters is that McDavid has been so good since coming back that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to give the trophy to anyone…


McLellan gets involved with the community and the Oilers

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js A photo posted by baggedmilk (@himynameisbaggedmilk) on Mar 17, 2016 at 12:19pm PDT Last week Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan was announced as the new Ambassador for Sport Central. Sport Central was established in 1991, and they have provided equipment and bicycles to over 125,000 children in need over the past 25 years. The day…


WWYDW: Free Agent Decisions

The Edmonton Oilers are, to nobody’s great surprise, playing in games at this point which are likely to be all-but-meaningless in the long term. There’s a chance for the coaches to try some things, for players to make one last case for major-league employment, and for a face-saving run which would improve the record, but…


WWYDW: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we’re going to start with a simple assumption: The Edmonton Oilers are going to trade one of their expensive forwards, both to land a quality defenceman and with an eye to the club’s long-term salary cap health. This assumption may or not be true, but…


A Glance at the Blueprint?

Peter Chiarelli’s comments and actions around the trade deadline are fascinating to review for anyone with an interest in what his overall plan for the Edmonton Oilers organization is. We don’t have the full picture, by any means, but it’s little like getting a quick glance at the blueprint. Of particular interest was the general…


WWYDW: What do you expect for Nail Yakupov?

It seems possible that Nail Yakupov is in his final days as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. It’s far from a certainty that the first overall pick in the 2012 Draft is shipped off down the line, but if he were to be moved at this year’s trade deadline it also wouldn’t be a…


WWYDW: Eric Gryba out for a month

The debate over whether the Edmonton Oilers should trade away pending free agent Eric Gryba would appear to be over. On Wednesday, the team announced that Gryba would miss a month after suffering a knee injury, and while he’ll still be back before the playoffs it’s doubtful another NHL team wants to bring in a…


Your Trade Ideas Could Mean Free NationGear

If there’s one thing the Nation is good at it’s coming up with trade ideas that would help the Oilers climb out of the depths of hell that we’ve been living in for the past decade. Today, I present you with a chance to table your ideas and maybe even win some NationGear for your troubles.


WWYDW: Trade Deadline Strategy Revisited

Back in mid-December, we discussed in general terms whether the Oilers should be buyers, sellers, or pursue some sort of hybrid approach at this year’s trade deadline. We’re now almost exactly a month away from deadline day. Since last year the trading started in earnest at right around this point it’s worth considering in more…


WWYDW: Is it time to replace Anders Nilsson with Laurent Brossoit?

Faced with the second half of back-to-back games on Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan decided to give backup goalie Anders Nilsson a start. Nilsson was shelled, allowing five goals on 30 shots; it was the eighth consecutive game in which his save percentage came in under 0.900. In this week’s WWYDW, we…



So it’s Connor McDavid’s birthday, is it? 19 long years are now in the can and an unlimited future lays ahead. Well as I cleverly ditched Jordan Eberle as my perennial star and made the risk-free play of getting on the Connor McDavid train on day one, it is my duty to write him a birthday letter.