Found July 09, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal, Everywhere you go in Oil Country, fans, bloggers, commentators and sportswriters are saying the Edmonton Oilers could really, really, really use a top NHL defenceman. But how to get one? How did the cream of the NHL’s defensive crop end up where they have ended up? I looked at a group of top 35-40 NHL dmen, defined as “top” because they led the league in even strength time-on-ice and also got more than .6 points per 60 minutes of five-on-five play and/or played against good-to-tough quality of competition (the players they faced averaged a positive Corsi — shots-at-net plus-minus — and/or CorsiRel, according to Behind the Net). Top d-men Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo, Erik Karlsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and up-and-coming Jonas Brodin were all acquired by their teams hitting the jackpot to some extent with high draft picks. There was some luck here, because for every team that uses a top pick on a...

Edmonton Oilers after free agency frenzy

After the Oilers got the infamous three-peat of first overall draft picks in three straight years prior to this season’s draft, there is no lack of talent on the Oilers’ roster. Forwards such as Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins best portray their abundance of youthful talent. The Oilers have been focusing on keeping a young, talented team recently...

Oilers Lineup A Work In Progress

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal, When he looks at his roster, as it sits today, there are still deficiencies as far as Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish is concerned. But with the current state of the NHL trade market, and little in the way of answers on the free-agent market, he said on Tuesday that he may just to have to accept the fact that he...

Dustin Penner should come back to Edmonton

There has been a great debate between Edmonton sports media personalities about Dustin Penner being a good fit for the Edmonton Oilers.If it were up to me, I would try to get the unrestricted free-agent back to Edmonton as soon as possible. Everybody likes to joke around about how Dustin Penner is out of shape and moves real slow on the ice.I don't care about that, let's...

Richard Cloutier: Worst Oilers Rumor Eva + The Week Ahead

Some sort of rumor was making the rounds this morning about Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner being dealt to the New York Rangers for a stack of inferior players. Geez. How many times do we need to go through this? People Who Won't Get Dealt - 10 LW - Taylor Hall, Ryan Smyth (because they'll let him retire an Oiler) RW - Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov C - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins...

Oilers get Ferron from STL in trade

The St. Louis Blues have trade David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick. Perron, a 25-year old left-wing, had 10 goals and 15 assists in 48 games for St. Louis last season. In his career, Perron has 84 goals and 114 assists in 340 games. Perron has three more years left on his contract at a cap hit of just over $3.8 million. Paajarvi...

Oilers get David Perron for Paajarvi, pick

The Oilers acquired David Perron from the Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-rounder.Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish was antsy to get at least another move done, and he pulls off a really good trade here, one that is about freeing up cap space for the Blues. Perron is entering the second season of a four-year, $15.25 million deal and is a very talented player, but...
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