Not much to report in terms of new Edmonton Oilers, uh, news. But the NHL produced some interesting Timbits yesterday:
- Kevin Shattenkirk will be bought out by the New York Rangers, making him an Unrestricted Free Agent. Might the Oilers want to take a look? Opinions seem to vary from, “He’s obviously better than Adam Larsson and Kris Russell, so let’s talk!” to “He’s a PP specialist playing heavily sheltered minutes (for a reason), and the Oilers have enough guys who can’t play well enough in a top four role at 5v5 as it is.” Both sides have merit, I think. I think there would be a term/number combination that exists that would make it a sure bet, but I don’t think the Oilers would be able to make that happen.
- Paul Fenton was recently relieved of his duties as Minnesota Wild GM after one tumultuous (read: abhorrent) season’s worth of work. Imagine if the Oilers cut bait with Peter Chiarelli after one season? Perhaps after that one season but before late June? Taylor Hall we forever miss you.
- Speaking of Tater Chiarelli, apparently the Wild are entertaining the idea of hiring him. The NHL might be a full on joke, TBH.
Hearing some names emerge from my sources as possible candidates for Wild GM job: Ron Hextall (as @RussoHockey has already reported), Tom Fitzgerald, Dean Lombardi, Dave Nonis, Bill Zito and Peter Chiarelli.— Dave Schwartz (@Dave_Schwartz) July 31, 2019
No word yet on who has been contacted.
Anyway, let’s get to the important stuff.
Yesterday. (Copper and Blue)
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for our annual Top 25 Under 25 - we will have our Fan Vote post up later today, so definitely swing back and rank them yourselves!
Lowetide with a little Q and A. (Lowetide)
A look at Ken Holland’s first few months on the job. (Oilersnation)
Dave Tippett, on camera. (Edmonton Journal)
There’s no reason to hold back Cooper Marody and Tyler Benson next season. (The Oilers Rig)
Willis on Jesse Puljujarvi - how he still has upside, and how the Oilers are playing his trade request correctly this summer. (The Athletic)
Lowetide on Yamamoto - a player who has the talent to win a job at camp on merit. (The Athletic)