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Whatever You Do, Don't Draft A Goalie At No. 16 - Lowetide - OilersNation
Goalies are voodoo and drafting them in the first round requires the balls of a pirate and an addled mind. Even teams that know what they're doing rarely take goalies in the first round. A team like Edmonton? It would be a colossal waste of a perfectly good draft pick.

Capped-out Vancouver Canucks likely to salary dump Kevin Bieksa. Should Edmonton Oilers be interested? - David Staples - Cult of Hockey
Bieksa is a player I’ve always loved to hate and one I wished was an Edmonton Oiler. He’s been a nasty d-man with a good deal of puck sense for years now. His downside is he’s 34, an age when NHL d-men often see a major drop in their play. He’s three years off his peak, with 2011-12 being the last time he was a 1D (top d-man on top pairing) for the Canucks.

NHL prospect Connor McDavid scouts Oilers’ Edmonton rinks - Jim Matheson - Edmonton Journal
Connor McDavid has yet to put on an Edmonton Oilers jersey, but the player expected to be the team’s first pick in the National Hockey League draft on June 26 made a quiet trip to Edmonton Sunday to see the city that will likely become home.

Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: Minnesota Wild Edition - Jonathan Willis - OilersNation
Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking at clubs reportedly in cap trouble and figuring out who might shake loose. Today our focus turns to a team that has been suggested as a possible trading partner for the Oilers: the Minnesota Wild.

Around the NHL

Ticket prices for Game 6 between the Blackhawks and Lightning are bonkers - Second City Hockey
Want to see the Hawks play for the Stanley Cup on Monday night? Got a few spare paychecks lying around?

2015 Stanley Cup Final: The Tampa Bay Lightning are running into a hot goalie at the wrong time - Raw Charge
After dispatching a red-hot Petr Mrazek and two of the world's best in Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist, have the Tampa Bay Lightning finally encountered a goaltender in Corey Crawford that they cannot beat?

Blackhawks looking to win Stanley Cup at home for 3rd time in franchise history - Second City Hockey
It's been a very, very long time since the Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup in front of their home fans.

Report: Kessel's list of eight teams he'd accept a trade to - Pension Plan Puppets
According to TSN, Leafs star forward Phil Kessel has provided the team with trade options amid speculation of their intent to deal him.

The Cam Talbot Trade Rumors Rage On - Blueshirt Banter
If the Rangers can put together a package where they can offer three seasons of Kevin Klein at a fixed cap hit coming off of his anomalous 2014-15 season, Cam Talbot, and a prospect, they might tempt the Oilers to take a shot at killing two birds with one stone and adding two nice pieces from the Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers.