Saturday, August 03, 2013

2013-14 Preview: Is Petry still part of the solution?

The 2013 season was not kind to Jeff Petry. After taking a major step forward in his overall development during the second half of the 2011-12 campaign, the Edmonton Oilers blueliner had his fair share of struggles during an abbreviated 48 game schedule. Be it because too much was being asked of the former second round pick and partner Ladislav Smid or simply chalking it up to just being one of those seasons, the final result wasn't pretty. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Coach Eakins and the Oilers top six forwards

With training camp fast approaching, one can't help but wonder what Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins has in store for his top six forwards heading into 2013-14. If you include Ryan Nugent-Hopkins into the mix, who looks to be recuperating rather nicely from off-season shoulder surgery, the Oilers top two lines will feature Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, David Perron and Nail Yakupov. An impressive group for sure but how the rookie coach ultimately decides to deploy them, could be rather interesting.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

RNH could return sooner than most think

It's been fourteen weeks since Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins went under the knife to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. While most seem almost resigned to the idea of the former first overall pick missing the opening month of the 2013-14 NHL schedule, don't be surprised to see #93 hit the ice in time to start the season or shortly there after.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Bogosian signing could set the bar for the Oilers and Justin Schultz

When the Winnipeg Jets announced the signing of Zach Bogosian to a 7year/ $36 million extension on Monday afternoon, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz had to have had a smile come across his face. With Bogosian inking a long term deal at a $5.1 million cap hit, one would think Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish will have to pony up similar type numbers, if he plans on signing the pending restricted free agent to a lengthy extension.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Oilers History: The Fall And Rise Of Grant Fuhr - The Suspension And Comeback

On the morning of August 31st, 1990, the Edmonton Journal ran a story which fans of the Edmonton Oilers wanted no part of hearing or at least reading. The piece was put together by a trio of writers, Tom Barrett, Cam Cole and David Staples, and focused on the longtime substance abuse of one of the team's most notable players. That player was none other than Grant Fuhr. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Oilers History: The Fall And Rise Of Grant Fuhr - More Shoulder Problems

Having just put an end to his "premature" retirement, Edmonton Oilers netminder Grant Fuhr was looking forward to training camp and assuming his role as Edmonton's last line of defence. Unfortunately for the four-time Stanley Cup winner, an emergency appendectomy and a rash of shoulder injuries would make the 1989-90 season a year to forget.