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.
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?
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.....
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" 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.
Steve Tambellini has received a contract extension from the Edmonton Oilers. He met all their criteria: experience losing hockey games, history of bad trades, and poor free agent signings. It's a match made in heaven.
Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.