Saturday, March 22, 2014

Could this finally be it?

Prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, the Edmonton Oilers organization decided to add former captain Kelly Buchberger to their NHL staff as an assistant coach. After working at his craft for the previous four seasons as an assistant with the now defunct Edmonton Road Runners, an organizational developmental coach and the head coach of the Springfield Falcons in 2007-08, the time had come for the fan favourite to get his chance in “The Show”.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Outplayed by the Sabres one more time

For the second time this season, the Edmonton Oilers were outplayed by the Buffalo Sabres. While Ilya Bryzgalov stole two points for his team when they paid a visit to First Niagara Center back on February 5th, the team wearing Orange and Blue weren’t so lucky the second time around.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins finally make an appearance

A couple of days back I wrote a piece focusing on the need for Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins to change up the look of his top two lines. While he did exactly that prior to Tuesday night’s tilt with the Nashville Predators, it was a move which was forced upon him due to Nail Yakupov’s sore ankle. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Could Greene be making his way back to Edmonton?

Back in 2002, the Edmonton Oilers used their second round pick at the NHL Entry Draft to select defenceman Matt Greene. He was lucky enough to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals during his rookie season in 2006 but was ultimately traded away to the Los Angeles Kings along with Jarret Stoll in exchange for the extremely talented Lubomir Visnovsky in the summer of 2008. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Time to show RNH some love

Heading into the Olympic break, the Edmonton Oilers trio of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov looked to have formed a bit of chemistry. Unfortunately, the young Russian took a shot off his ankle in their first game back against the Minnesota Wild which forced him to sit out Edmonton’s next game against the Calgary Flames.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

So what gives?

After struggling through the opening two-thirds of their 2014-15 campaign, the Edmonton Oilers have sure picked a peculiar time to start trying to play a far more responsible style of game.

Yak will be still be an Oiler in 2014-15

When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers and the possibility of trading Nail Yakupov, fans across Oil Country appear to be almost split down the middle. There are those who believe the organization should move the asset now and look to upgrade other areas on the roster, while the rest appear to be under the impression that moving the talented Russian when his value is at an “all-time low” would be a colossal blunder.