Early Offseason Oilers Forward Line Combos

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-21

God, it has to be a tad early to be talking about line combinations doesn’t it? We’re coming off of two rumoured major deal blogs (Petrovic and Nuge) and sliding into potential line match-ups eh… ‘Tis the summer isn’t it? I’m so bloody bored… #IsItOctoberYet Just before we get into things, the Beer League Heroes Teepublic shop is having a HUGE SALE. If you dig some of the t-shirts we sell and you’re like me and wait until the sales kick in, head over now by clicking the link above and grab one for $14 plus S&H before it’s all over! I have a belief that the line-up structure that we’ve grown up with is coming to an end. What I

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Barrie Watch On High Alert

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-21

Embed from Getty Images The watch for the missing piece of Edmonton’s defense got a bit of an update via an indirect source on Wednesday. Edmonton didn’t sign a defender. Their competitors haven’t signed or traded one either. On Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche signed 22 year old center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one year $1.3 million dollar deal.

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Cult of Hockey: Why is Nail Yakupov’s trade value so very low?

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-21

With each passing day that Nail Yakupov remains on the Edmonton Oilers’ roster, it becomes clearer that he lacks trade value around the league. The latest comes from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel, who on Tuesday squashed rumours that the Oilers and Florida Panthers were in talks regarding Yakupov and right-shooting defenceman Alex Petrovic. Petrovic is a good, young player but hardly a world-beater. And yet Petrovic would probably have been a pretty good return for the Oilers in exchange for their 2012 pick. Back in early June the Journal’s Jim Matheson made it painfully clear how poor the trade market was for Yakupov: We keep forgetting that the Oilers will almost surely trade Yaku

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The pros and the cons of Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-21

Take Our Poll After the Edmonton Oilers traded away Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall, some hockey commentators thought that Oiles GM Peter Chiarelli should be fired. For example, TSN hockey writer Travis Yost wrote: “It’s official. Oilers solidify one of the worst trades I can ever remember. Certainly so in the modern era. Fireable offense.”  In the weeks since the trade, I’ve watched an increasing number of Larsson’s game and come away from it thinking that Edmonton has acquired a solid top-pairing defensive d-man with decent puck-moving skills, and that the Oilers can get a win out of the trade. I’ve also argued that the sum total of Chiarelli’s

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Had This Deal Gone Down, Could the Oilers Have Kept Hall?

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-20

When’s the last time the Flames and Oilers hooked up for a trade? Staios? Smid? I came across a guest post on another website the other day and there was a gentlemen out of Toronto who wrote something very interesting… So i was talking to someone with direct knowledge of the situation that there was almost a 3 way trade done on day 1 of the draft just before it began. They had mentioned that there was a trade in the works that would have sent the 3rd overall pick (clb) to calgary for the 6th overall pick + but that the blue jackets did not want to move to the 6th spot. Enter the oilers 4th overall pick peter chiarelli was in and almost made this trade blue jackets ryan nugent-hop

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That Time $2.5M Prevented Perry From Being An Oiler

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-07-20

It was December 2013, and the Edmonton Oilers and then GM Kevin Lowe were in the midst of a contract dispute with a rising young forward. An extension was looking unlikely and with the deadline for re-signing RFA’s soon approaching the Oilers had to make a deal or have the player sit out a year. Lowe searched for a deal, found one but then made a odd request. He commanded that the player pay back his $2.5M bonus to the team or the deal wouldn’t happen. That player was Mike Comrie. The return was built around Corey Perry. If you’re an Oilers fan this is a tale that is far too familiar and an example of the ineptitude that has led to the futility of a franchise. The once prou

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FIVE YEARS GONE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-20

Games Played is not the ideal way to look through decades of drafting, but it is a quick and easy way to draw a line in the sand. I prefer to do these things after five years—to me, five years is a good length of time. That said, it does not get the entire picture, as Brandon Davidson showed this past season. Here are the 36 best draft seasons by the Edmonton Oilers—followed by 1990. *Note: 400 games is considered a success, if that number hasn’t been reached after five years there better be a sleeping Dubnyk or an agitating Tikkanen.  1980-1,056 (Paul Coffey-394, Jari Kurri-363, Walt Poddubny-157, Andy Moog-142). Kurri played on the best line in hockey for ages and at the peak o

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It’s Poolparty Time!

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-07-20

With the departure of Taylor Hall, it’s been tough to find something to write about. I asked Twitter what I should talk about, and the only response I got was “anything but Hall”. That wasn’t helpful, so I asked a friend. His response? I guess that means I’m writing about Poolparty.   But First, Some Background Jesse Puljujärvi, the Oilers 2016 first round pick, is a bit of an enigma thus far. He was unable to participate in on-ice activities at development camp because of a knee injury (he’ll fit right in, obviously), so except for the highlights from his last season, there’s very little for Oiler fans to go on. What there is, however, is an

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Prust ready to earn spot in training camp — here are five others who could go the same route

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-20

After the way things started in Montreal for Zack Kassian, it would have been hard to imagine that it was he who would have had the better season following an off-season trade between the Canadiens and Canucks that sent Brandon Prust to Vancouver. However, after the off-season crash and stint in the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program, Kassian got his season on track with the Edmonton Oilers and finished the campaign with three goals and eight points in 35 games while averaging nearly 12:30 of ice time per game. Kassian earned himself a $1.5-million contract extension in Edmonton. As for Prust, well, his season was rough. He dealt with an ankle injury early, was sent down to the AHL by Februar

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Down Goes Brown: Five expected off-season moves that haven’t happened yet

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-20

The dog days of the NHL offseason got a nice jolt on Monday when the Senators and Rangers hooked up on a decent-sized trade. The deal sends Derick Brassard and a seventh to Ottawa in exchange for Mika Zibanejad and a second, improving the Senators’ top six while adding some youth to the Rangers and giving them some additional cap room to work with. The trade also answered one of the offseason’s lingering questions, which was: When are the Rangers going to get around to doing something? We were all told to expect a busy offseason in New York, as GM Jeff Gorton would look to shake up his aging and expensive core. But until this week, not much had happened aside from a few minor fre

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