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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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WWYDW: What should a package of Klefbom + 10th get in return?

Earlier today, Ryan Rishaug dropped an absolutely horrifying prospect on Oilers fans. He suggested that the Oilers were going hard for a big name player and then proceeded to give the example of Rasmus Ristolainen as the target. Okay, sure. That’s all fine and dandy. Ristolainen can produce offence, quarterback a power play, and he’s…

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WWYDW: How hard would you go to acquire Erik Karlsson?

Imagine a team with Connor McDavid and Erik Karlsson. Just think about it. Seriously, it might take a few moments to clear your mind and allow yourself to visualize it because it seems so far-fetched, but once you’re there, it’s borderline erotic.

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WWYDW: The first-round pick

The Oilers didn’t win the draft lottery. Hell is freezing over! We’ve talked about it before, but now that we know exactly where the Oilers will be picking come draft day in June, it’s time to bring it up again. What should the Oilers do with the 10th overall pick?

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WWYDW: The goalie situation

With the Oilers on the outside of the playoffs looking in this spring, there isn’t much to talk about in Oil Country. As a result, a rumour about the Oilers reportedly gearing up to sign KHL goalie Mikko Koskinen to a two-year deal has become the biggest point of conversation around the team this week.

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WWYDW: The coaching staff

On Tuesday afternoon, the Calgary Flames announced that they were relieving Glen Gulutzan and his staff of their duties. After a disappointing season in which the Flames missed the playoffs despite going all-in in the off-season with the acquisitions of Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic, management decided the coaching staff deserved to take the fall…

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WWYDW: How to get that defenceman

Peter Chiarelli addressed the media today after an incredibly disappointing 2017-18 season. The Oilers were expected to contend for a Stanley Cup, but, instead, they’ll be golfing early this summer. There wasn’t a hell of a lot of interesting stuff to come out of this press conference, which isn’t all that surprising. They’re evaluating, they’re disappointed,…

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WWYDW: Jesse Puljujarvi

The Oilers will play their second-last game of the season tomorrow against the Golden Knights. Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira are sliding into the top six as Leon Draisaitl’s wingers. It’s been an excellent season for Khaira, the third-round pick from 2012, but it’s been a somewhat disappointing season for Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick…

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WWYDW: Cam Talbot’s next contract

There’s no way around it — Cam Talbot has had a bad season. He’s at the top of the list of disappointments among this group that has ultimately massively underperformed expectations. After his first two seasons with the club and a 2016-17 season in which he finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting, starting goaltending was never an…

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WWYDW: Ilya Kovalchuk

Alright, I’m very aware I’m going to completely contradict an article I wrote on Monday, but there’s something incredibly exciting about the idea of the best player not currently playing in the NHL, another former first overall pick, playing on Connor McDavid’s wing.

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WWYDW: The Playoff Format

The Oilers are going to miss the playoffs this year. But there’s a silver lining: The league’s general managers are considering adding more teams to the playoff structure. You might not have faith in Pistol Pete’s ability to pull this team up from the gutter, but if the league actually does go through and expand the playoffs,…

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WWYDW: Line Combinations

The Oilers have all but been eliminated from playoff contention at this point, so they’re riding out the season playing spoiler and doing tryouts for next season. After selling Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu at the trade deadline, Todd McLellan has a few open spots to test out different players in different roles.