Saturday, July 06, 2013

MacTavish starts reconstruction of Oilers roster

It started with the trading of captain Shawn Horcoff on Thursday evening and continued early Friday morning. Everyone was expecting Craig MacTavish to be busy on the opening day of unrestricted free agency and the Edmonton Oilers GM did not disappoint. The organization wasted little time in announcing a trio of the signings, veteran defenceman Andrew Ference, centre Boyd Gordon and goaltender Jason Labarbera.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Horcoff leaves town with head held high

Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff will have a new home at some point on Friday morning. Word is the veteran centre has been traded to the Dallas Stars, in exchange for a 2016 seventh round pick and defenceman Philip Larsen. Not exactly a king's ransom but a return which should have been expected, considering the Stars agreed to taken on his entire $5.5 million cap hit, for the next two seasons.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Oilers should focus on finding a No. 2, not a starting netminder

There those who feel the Edmonton Oilers are set in goal with Devan Dubnyk as their starting netminder. There are others, myself included, who feel the twenty-seven year old has taken huge strides forward in recent years but still struggles to shut the door when necessary. Unfortunately for Dubnyk, his general manager appears to be part of group two, leading to speculation the Oilers might just be in the market for a new starting netminder.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Oilers have an impressive looking trio in Klefbom, Nurse and Schultz

Over the last number of years, the Edmonton Oilers have unjustly taken heat from more than a few so-called experts, for not addressing their blueline at the NHL Entry Draft. However, had any of them taken the time to look back at look at what they actually did, they would have see the complete opposite. While the organization did use their first overall picks from 2010-2012 on Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, they did add a fair amount of young talent to their D core since the 2010 Draft.

Monday, July 01, 2013

MacTavish played it safe and smart at the NHL Entry Draft

When Craig MacTavish took over as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, he promised fans he would make the necessary "bold moves" to improve the hockey club. In the minds of many, those moves needed to start happening at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Unfortunately for them, the fireworks they were hoping to see never materialized and not a single "bold move" took place.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Oilers grab Nurse with first round pick

The closer we got to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the more it look as though the Edmonton Oilers would be faced with a rather tough decision. While the first six picks didn't go as expected, as Seth Jones fell to the Nashville Predators at number four, it ultimately mattered little to the Oilers. It came down to Valeri Nichuskin or Darnell Nurse and the organization decided to go with the towering Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds blueliner.

There is zero chance of Cory Schneider becoming an Edmonton Oiler

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, stubbornly refused to entertain possible trade offers for netminder Cory Schneider following his club's dismissal from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just over a year later, he has apparently had a change of heart, after failing miserably in trying to move veteran Roberto Luongo.