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WWYDW: Should the Oilers get a new backup goalie?

It isn’t debatable that Cam Talbot has had an excellent season. Edmonton’s starting goaltender leads the league with 43 appearances, two more than the next-busiest goalie, and has a very solid 0.919 save percentage. More debatable is whether he should be playing so much, and what would happen to the Oilers if he got hurt….

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WWYDW: Edmonton Oilers Trade Deadline Strategy

It’s the middle of January and the Edmonton Oilers are well-positioned to capture a playoff spot and perhaps even challenge for the division title in the Pacific. This opens up choices and possibilities to general manager Peter Chiarelli as the trade deadline nears—he could buy, sell or choose some sort of middle path. In this…

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WWYDW: Scoring Woes

Over the last 10 games, Patrick Maroon has scored seven even-strength goals, which is a fantastic total. The remainder of the Edmonton Oilers roster has scored just 10, which is a much less impressive number. Nix the goals that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl tallied, as well as that of injured forward Tyler Pitlick, and…

WWYDW: Should Edmonton Grab Matt Nieto Off Waivers?

On Wednesday morning, the San Jose Sharks placed winger Matt Nieto on waivers. Nieto, a jack-of-all-trades player who is only 24 years old was a top-nine forward for current Oilers coach Todd McLellan during their time together in San Jose. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask whether Edmonton should…

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WWYDW: Should Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be in the Oilers’ long-term plans?

It wasn’t all that long ago that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was regarded in many quarters as the Oilers’ most important building block, the first-line centre the team’s rebuild would hinge on. With the arrival of Connor McDavid and the emergence of Leon Draisaitl, however, the idea of trading RNH has a certain currency among segments of…

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WWYDW: Should the Oilers consider pursuing Bobby Ryan?

It isn’t a secret that the Edmonton Oilers could use a good, right-shooting forward. It’s also common knowledge that general manager Peter Chiarelli highly values size and strength in his players. In that vein, in this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday we consider a hypothetical trade target for the Oilers, one who…

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WWYDW: The Lack of Secondary Scoring

Often, if Connor McDavid isn’t scoring the Edmonton Oilers aren’t scoring. Over the last 10 games, McDavid has picked up a point on 14 of the team’s goals; the rest of the lineup has only managed a grand total of 13 without his help. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we…

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WWYDW: When does Cam Talbot get a break?

Cam Talbot started his 16th game of the season and fourth consecutive game against the Anaheim Ducks last night. With the exception of a single game in a back-to-back set and 10 minutes in October, he’s been the Edmonton Oilers goaltender for every minute of the 2016-17 season. Unfortunately for the Oilers, his play has…

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WWYDW: What happens when the Oilers get healthy?

The results have been very good for the Edmonton Oilers in the early going of the 2016-17 season. Notwithstanding Tuesday’s entertaining (and close) loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton owns a 9-4-1 record and some surprisingly excellent underlying numbers.   Impressively, the Oilers have done it with a lot of players on the shelf. In…

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WWYDW: What need is highest on your Oilers wishlist?

The Edmonton Oilers’ first 10 games have been all that could have been hoped for, with the team going 7-2-1 and putting enough points in the bank that a breakthrough season is a realistic possibility. For that to happen, though, Edmonton will need to continue on as it’s started. In this week’s edition of What…

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WWYDW: Roster Moves

Once again, the Oilers have been hit by the injury bug this season and that means guys have had to step up their games to fill the void left by their injured comrades. In this week’s WWYDW, I want to know what kind of roster moves you’d make once guys start getting healthy again.