Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers

Signings and trades in Oilers’ plans

Mark Spector of SportsNet.ca reports that Signings and trades in Oilers’ plans

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Oilers looking to upgrade their defence

Should the Oilers make a push for Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner?

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal writes … “Should the Edmonton Oilers push to acquire Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs?”

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Rumors and Tidbits

Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”

Do the Oilers continue to develop Yakupov or consider trading former No. 1 pick?

What should the Edmonton Oilers do with Nail Yakupov?

Do they work with him and take several steps back, consider him just a project like any other draft pick — not the first name called — and hope he finds some hockey sense to go with his hockey skill? You need both.

Or do they seriously investigate trading a 20-year-old with 111 games on his NHL resume?

TSN’s Dreger rips Nail Yakupov, says it’s unlikely he will be with Edmonton Oilers next season

This came in during Thursday night’s broadcast, information from TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger about the uncertain fate of Nail Yakupov on the Edmonton Oilers.

Final days with Oilers for likes of Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz?

Hemsky is one of several unrestricted free agents that general manager Craig MacTavish has on his roster, but definitely one he won’t want to let walk.

MacTavish had tried to move the veteran in the off-season, certain that Hemsky needed a change of scenery after seven losing seasons, but then said he valued the winger more than his peers. Hemsky returned in the fall, committed to being more of a leader, then settled into a third-line role without complaint.

What would Shea Weber cost the Edmonton Oilers?

You cannot win without a stud blueliner who can play against the other team’s best players, who has enough offence  to also play the powerplay.

Again, the Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers have the best young forwards to dangle.

Oilers’ Forward Ales Hemsky on Pens Radar?

Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby is still without an official right winger for his line.

Brian Gibbons, who’s currently down in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, has filled in steadily for the Pens, however, might not be quite ready for the animal that is the postseason.

Oilers and Gagner need to part ways

Gagner is a very good player who still has some unexplored upside, but he simply isn’t the right fit for Edmonton, and vice versa. No team this small up the middle on the top two lines is going to succeed in the Pacific Division. MacT needs to take him aside and say “it’s not you, it’s us,” and give Gagner a chance to succeed in a more conducive environment.