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A Look Back At Alexandre Volchkov


The summer of 1996 was a memorable one.  Independence Day was due out in theaters on the fourth of July, the Spice Girls were driving parents of teenage girls insane, and the internet explosion was in full swing.

Washington Capitals fans had much more to be excited about than technological marvels and aliens attacking the White House.  Their team had the number four overall pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, which was to be held June 26, 1996 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

The Caps were coming off a 1995-96 season that saw them exit the playoffs in the first round to their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Morale wasn’t necessarily low amongst Ca...

NHL Free Agency 2012: Edmonton Oilers sign RFA Sam Gagner

The Edmonton Oilers have resigned RFA Sam Gagner to a one year contract extension for $3.2mm. The signing came moments before his scheduled arbitration hearing. With pretty much the same roster as last year, here is a glimpse of how the lineup might look on opening night.

NHL Free Agency 2012: Edmonton Oilers sign RFA's Devan Dubnyk and Jeff Petry

The Edmonton Oilers have come to terms with restricted free agents Devan Dubnyk and Jeff Petry, while RFA Sam Gagner has filed for salary arbitration. What does this mean for the Oilers? Read on to find out.

Free Agency 2012: Are The Oilers Going To Do Anything More? Shane Doan Not Negotiating Until July 9th According To Reports.

The Edmonton Oilers got off to a head start on free agency by inking Justin Schultz and resigning Ryan Smyth, but they have to do much more to have a shot at the playoffs this season. What is left on the UFA pile that may be of some value? Read on to find out.

Ovechkin's Drop in Points

Adam Oates had a pretty great day Tuesday being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and getting his first head coaching job with the Washington Capitals. What is he going to have to do to keep that job?

UFA Targets

With the draft over it is time to take a look at some of the free agents that could potentially help the Oilers climb out of the cellar. There is a real opportunity to fix the horrid blueline, solve the frightening situation of Khabibulin getting starts and make amends for a decade and a half old mistake all in the course of the next week. Come on Tambo, I have faith in you.....

Nail Yakupov Selected With No. 1 Selection By Edmonton Oilers

Yakupov has long been considered the top prospect in the 2012 draft class boasting
explosive speed, physical toughness and a scoring touch that terrifies opponents.

Taken with the second overall selection in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Draft,
the five-foot-eleven, 190 pound, winger has spent the last two seasons with the
Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League where he has racked up 80 goals, 90
assists and 170 total points in 107 regular season games played.

The Russian Factor

The "Russian Factor" has become a buzzword among main stream media types of late, especially in regards to the nationality of potential lottery draft picks Yakupov and Grigorenko. Further the Don Cherry's of the world will tell you a Canadian or North American player has heart while a Russian or European is enigmatic. Let's take a look at a couple soon to be UFA's and discuss media perception of these players vs. their actual results.

What Will RFA Dubnyk Get Paid?

What does the recent Josh Harding contract mean for the Oilers and impending RFA goalie Devan Dubnyk? Read on to find out the two impacts i see.

Oilers Extend Lennart Petrell

The Edmonton Oilers extended Lennart Petrell today. What does this mean for the Oilers going forward and was it a smart move?

Trenton Latos has the scoop.