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WWYDW(FE): The Taylor Hall Redemption Tour

As Robin Brownlee wrote yesterday, there’s a rumour going around that Taylor Hall might be open to a reunion with the Edmonton Oilers. Everyone knows that “Tracy Lane” and “her” “source” “Garfield” are questionable at best, but let’s talk about whether or not a Taylor Hall Redemption Tour makes any sense.

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WWYDW: Jersey Numbers

Nikita Gusev, arguably the best player playing outside of the NHL the past few seasons, is finally coming to North America. The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t fit him under the cap so they sent him to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a couple of draft picks.

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Should Evan Bouchard play in the NHL in 2019-20?

The Oilers have been rightfully criticized for rushing prospects over the past decade. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were first-overall picks and ready for the NHL. Nail Yakupov was another first-overall pick, but he could have used more time either in junior or the KHL. But first overall picks almost always play right away. The…

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WWYDW(FE): Pitching Pete

The Minnesota Wild shocked the hockey world earlier this week, firing general manager Paul Fenton just slightly over a year into his tenure at the helm of the team. In doing so, they opened up a last-minute gig for all of the funemployed former general managers floating around out there doing freelance scouting work and…

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WWYDW(FE): The Greats

It’s the middle of summer and I think we’re all tired of talking about whether or not Jesse Puljujarvi is going to Europe, how the Oilers can or should arrange their bottom-six, and how Ken Holland is going to find a third-line centre. Let’s dive into some dog days of summer topics, you know, the…

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WWYDW(TE): Scratch Tickets

Rather than spending all of his cap room to get one bonafide top-six winger, Ken Holland opted to buy himself multiple scratch tickets for the 2019-20 season. It would have been nice to acquire a sure thing to inject into one of the top two lines, but I don’t mind Holland’s logic of staying away…

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WWYDW(SE): The Leftovers

Ken Holland took a fairly conservative approach on his first-ever Free Agent Frenzy day as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. He filled the role of backup goalie with veteran Mike Smith, brought back a familiar face in Alex Chiasson, and a took a flyer on one of his old Red Wings prospects in Tomas…

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WWYDW(SE): Free Agency Day

It’s the eve of Free Agent Frenzy. Well, sort of. With the reality of the NHL’s talking period before July 1, the element of surprise isn’t what it used to be. We’ve seen a handful of contracts already spill out on Twitter as teams and players come to terms prior to free agency starting.

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WWYDW(FE): Draft Strategy

The 2019 NHL draft will kick off in Vancouver on Friday evening. For the 10th time in 11 years, the Oilers will be selecting in the top 10. You know the drill. Let’s talk draft strategy.

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WWYDW(SE): The Sweetener

I wrote yesterday that the Vancouver Canucks were reportedly interested in acquiring Milan Lucic in a change of scenery style swap for Loui Eriksson. Given the fact Lucic has an extra year on his contract than Eriksson does, it was suggested that the Canucks would be looking for the Oilers to give them a sweetener…

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WWYDW(SE): What can the NHL learn from the NBA?

For the first time ever, an NBA Finals is garnering more hype and excitement in Canada than the Stanley Cup Final. This, of course, is because the Toronto Raptors have reached the Finals for the first time in franchise history and millions of people across the country are jumping on the bandwagon.

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WWYDW(TE): Dave Tippett

According to Bob McKenzie, the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching gig is Dave Tippett’s to lose. McKenzie reported yesterday that not only is Tippett the leading candidate for the job, but he’s also currently the only candidate.