Jul 222014
 

 

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The Edmonton Oilers off-season has been a busy one for general manager Craig MacTavish. He had many holes to fill and he is slowly but surely filling each and every one.  By no means is he done but he is making great strides in putting an actual N.H.L. line up together. Continue reading »

Jul 212014
 

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Tomorrow could be very important for fans of the Oilers- Yup, this is another post about centre ice. Can you tell what has been dominating my thoughts lately? Even though it is highly probable that I would concede (under torture or extreme duress) that the Oilers’ centre ice chart will look much the same on October 1st, 2014 as it does today, as a fan I hold out hope that a big name player will be on his way up north to start the season. After reading Adrian Dater’s blog at the Denver Post website today, it is actually possible that a big name centre could come on the market between now and the trading deadline next season. Continue reading »

Jul 202014
 

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In the absence of a trade, could Yakimov be the answer? My knowledge of Bogdan Yakimov is limited to what I have found on the internet. Like most of you, I have never seen a KHL game live (or MHL or VHL). I’ve also never been to the Ivan Hlinka tournament or a World Junior Championship game. The opinion I have is shaped by what I read and could be very different if I had a first hand point of view. I’m also one of those pathetic Oilers’ fans who is very concerned about the current state of the team’s centre ice depth. I realize that the team won’t be contending for a Stanley Cup in the spring of 2015 and the team is still very much a work in progress, but I see the team entering the season “as is” as a huge mistake. Mactavish has improved the goaltending, the overall forward depth, and (at least on paper) he has assembled a defense which could actually be confused with that of an NHL team. However, I believe (like many) that a centre ice comprised of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Marc Arcobello, Anton Lander, Boyd Gordon, and Leon Draisaitl will have a very tough time in the Western Conference. However, is it possible I have under-estimated Bogdan Yakimov as a possible internal candidate? Continue reading »

Jul 142014
 

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Adding a centre- On Saturday we posted a poll asking what Craig Mactavish should do about addressing the Oilers weak centre ice depth. 646 votes later (as of writing this), it is clear that the majority of voters don’t feel trading Jeff Petry for a centre is reasonable nor is bringing Wayne Gretzky or Mark Messier out of retirement for a season. Almost 19% of voters think the team should stay the course and see how Draisaitl and Arcobello fare while just over 68% of voters , spread out between three different options, favour some sort of move.

What is the likelihood of any of the more popular outcomes actually coming to be? Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

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Adding another piece- Yesterday I posted a non-scientific poll to see how some fans perceive the Oilers’ ability to make the playoffs during the upcoming season. While less than 100 (at the time of writing this) indicated that the Oilers would make the playoffs by clicking the ‘yes’ option, just over 60% (371, again at the time of writing this) of respondents either chose ‘Have faith in Mac T. He will make more moves this summer and the team will challenge’ or ‘If they get a legit second line centre.’ To me, both options are variations on a theme; if MacT can deliver another piece or two between now and October 1st, the Oilers could be a playoff team. Continue reading »

Jul 082014
 

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Crazy idea, would you offer Draisaitl for Johansen? File this one under the heading of “far fetched,” but given how RFA centre Ryan Johansen’s negotiations have turned a little sour,  would you consider dealing Leon Draisaitl to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a package for Ryan Johansen? Continue reading »

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