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WWYDW: Saving the Edmonton Oilers some money

It appears that the Edmonton Oilers are prepared to take on some hefty new contracts. Free agents came to town on Tuesday, and between shopping on July 1 and potentially adding players via trade it could be an expensive time for the Oilers. In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we identify…

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WWYDW: Milan Lucic is headed to market

It’s now official. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, both Milan Lucic and Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi have confirmed that the hulking left wing will be heading to free agency In this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday, we ask how interested the Oilers should be, and what impact a potential…

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WWYDW: Would you consider a Sam Gagner return?

The Edmonton Oilers have a pretty obvious need for a third-line centre. They also have a need throughout the lineup for right-shooting skaters, and up front it would be best if those players could also provide enough offence to play a role on the power play. There aren’t a lot of players in free agency…

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WWYDW: Lucic or Okposo?

My friends, it’s once again time to put yourself in Peter Chiarelli’s spot and make decisions for the Edmonton Oilers based on what you think would be best for the team. This week, we’re diving into fantasy land to determine whether you would choose to sign Milan Lucic or Kyle Okposo if you were handed the keys…

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WWYDW: Upgrading the Fan Experience

With Rogers Place set to open up in the fall it got me to thinking about what I hope is included in terms of amenities and the all around experience of being at the rink. Ticket prices are going up, and, as a result, I think the quality of entertainment at the rink should also go up and that’s…

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WWYDW: Finding a backup goaltender

One of the Edmonton Oilers’ secondary needs this summer is in net. Cam Talbot was acquired last season to be the team’s starting goalie, and he did a good enough job that Edmonton signed him to a multi-year extension. However the backup position, currently held by Laurent Brossoit, is clearly up for grabs and there…

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WWYDW: Signing Jason Demers

There aren’t a lot of free agents on the market this summer who might plausibly address the Edmonton Oilers’ weakness at right defence, but Jason Demers is one of them. A long-time member of the San Jose Sharks under current Edmonton coach Todd McLellan, Demers has been the No. 4 defenceman for the Dallas Stars…

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WWYDW: Would you have any interest in Brent Seabrook?

A year ago, before Brent Seabrook signed a long contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, he was considered a potential target for the Edmonton Oilers. With Chicago’s early playoff exit and Edmonton’s continuing need for help on the right side, this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday seemed like a good chance to…

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WWYDW: Griffin Reinhart

Probably the single-most controversial trade of Peter Chiarelli’s tenure as Edmonton Oilers general manager was his decision at the 2015 Draft to deal first- and second-round draft picks to the New York Islanders in exchange for defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart. It was a contentious move the moment it was announced, and a 2015-16 campaign split…

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WWYDW: Projecting Defencemen

Defence can be a hard position to assess and predict, and I wanted to illustrate the uncertainty involved in this week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday. The following piece includes stats, scouting reports and other key pieces of information for five young defencemen, each of them unnamed. Each defenceman is in his third…

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WWYDW: Mark Fayne, yea or nay?

Mark Fayne is under contract for two seasons after this one at a cap hit of $3.625 million. This week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday asks our readers whether the Edmonton Oilers should try and trade the player away this summer rather than bringing him back for the third season of his four-year…

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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…