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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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WWYDW: Oscar Klefbom and Travis Hamonic

It has been a crazy day in the NHL, though not with respect to the Edmonton Oilers. Watching Seth Jones get dealt to Columbus got me thinking about the possibility of the Oilers addressing their own problems on right defence. In this edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask whether from an Oilers…

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WWYDW: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for a Nashville defenceman

It’s been a while since we’ve looked at a hypothetical trade here on What Would You Do Wednesday, so let’s try a somewhat plausible one. Nashville needs a top centre, and Edmonton needs help on the right side of its defence. These are dots that have been connected over and over again by fans and…

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WWYDW: The Goaltending Battle

The Edmonton Oilers enter the Christmas break with an uncertain situation in net. Cam Talbot, brought in to start for the team, struggled for a while and lost the job but has been better recently. Anders Nilsson, his ostensible backup, stole the job with hot play but has cooled off dramatically since. In this week’s…

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WWYDW: Trade Deadline Strategy

It’s a little early to talk about the trade deadline this season, but not ridiculously so. The NHL’s holiday trade freeze kicks in on December 19 and lifts on December 28; historically teams become more active on the trade front once the holidays are passed. This year there’s a two-month window between the lifting of…

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WWYDW: All those young, left-shooting defencemen

Edmonton’s crop of young defencemen is pretty impressive. Darnell Nurse is having an impact as a rookie, Oscar Klefbom is back to being a tent-pole player after a tough start to the year, and Brandon Davidson has been shockingly good. Griffin Reinhart is in the minors at the moment, but he’ll certainly be back. The…

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WWYDW: A Professional Tryout for Mike Richards

Edmonton’s depth at centre is not good at the moment. With Connor McDavid on the shelf long-term, Edmonton has been employing all of Mark Letestu, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller at centre; that trio has now combined for 42 games but not a single even-strength point. With that in mind, does it make sense for…