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WWYDW: Managing the blueline

Darnell Nurse! He’s signed! Though I don’t think there was really any doubt that Nurse would get a deal figured out before the start of the season, it’s nice to know that the Oilers are rolling into pre-season action at full strength. Well, mostly at full strength.

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WWYDW: Managing the forwards

The pre-season is right around the corner! Unlike last season, the Oilers actually have quite a few posts up for grabs on the roster making this an interesting training camp to follow. There are a handful of players on the fringe of the roster right now plus two wingers at camp on professional tryout contracts….

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WWYDW(TE): Jerseys

Okay, we’ve talked about the third jersey in the past, but since the Oilers finally introduced their alternate jersey for the 2018-19 season earlier this week, we need to bring it up again.

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WWYDW(TE): How should the Oilers develop Evan Bouchard?

Evan Bouchard is stuck in purgatory. Let me back up for a second. The NHL and CHL have an incredibly flawed deal worked out that keeps Major Junior players from playing professionally in either the AHL or ECHL before they either turn 20 years old or have played four seasons in the CHL.

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WWYDW(TE): More PTOs?

It’s almost September! You know what that means? Training camp is around the corner! You know what that means? Professional tryout contracts!

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WWYDW(TE): The LTIR Bonus

The Oilers were dealt a huge blow earlier this week when it was announced that Andrej Sekera underwent surgery on a torn Achilles following an off-season training injury. Sekera will be out of the lineup for at least six months. There’s a chance he won’t return to action at all during the 2018-19 season.

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WWYDW(FE): The Goal Song

Welcome to What Would You Do Wednesday FRIDAY EDITION. It’s the middle of summer and it’s extremely hot outside. You know what that means? It’s time to talk about the Edmonton Oilers’ goal song. Earlier today, my pal Chris the Intern wrote on Glen Gulutzan and that, for whatever reason, sparked Nation Commenter Leichs to…

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WWYDW: Do you have a boiling point?

Over the weekend, an Oilers fan named Brett Barrett wrote a blog post centred around a letter he wrote to the organization and the subsequent response he received from Bob Nicholson.

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WWYDW(FE): Alternate Jersey

What Would You Do Wednesday generally tends to fall on Wednesday, hence the name, but sometimes things happen here at HQ and we get distracted by Donairs and filming Chris dancing in goalie equipment, so, here we are. Welcome to What Would You Do Wednesday FRIDAY EDITON.

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WWYDT: Fixing the Power Play

During the 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers finished the year with the 31st ranked power play in the NHL despite having the best player in the world on their roster. So in this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday Thursday, I want to know what you would do to fix it.

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WWYDW: Darnell Nurse’s contract – bridge or long term?

With Ryan Strome signing last week, it seems like one of the last bits of housekeeping the Oilers have to get done is a new deal for defenceman Darnell Nurse. In this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, I’m asking you what you would do with Darnell Nurse’s next contract?

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WWYDW: Who plays with who?

At this point, it looks like the Oilers’ roster is largely set heading into the 2018-19 season. The team made a few low-key additions over free agency, but, as expected, nothing major. Edmonton has about $8 million in cap room left to play with, but Ryan Strome and Darnell Nurse still don’t have contracts, so…