How Joe Sakic built a Cup champion: NHL GMs marvel at Avalanche’s patient, methodical rise

TAMPA, Fla. – Joe Sakic raised the Stanley Cup above his head, this time in a suit and tie and championship ball cap. Gone was the player’s uniform he wore 21 years ago when he last raised it as the captain. Still very much present was the sheer elation Sakic felt, this time achieving the … Read more

A look at the Edmonton Oilers’ farm system and how they might approach the 2022 NHL draft

Ken Holland’s goal since arriving in Edmonton has been to ice a competitive roster while also building a strong farm system. While he’s traded away second- and third-round draft picks and young defenders in William Lagesson, Caleb Jones, and Ethan Bear, Holland has held on tight to his first-round draft picks and prospects. As a … Read more

Oilers’ goalie situation more uncertain with departure of Koskinen

The Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending situation became more uncertain Monday when Mikko Koskinen decided to play in Switzerland next season. Koskinen, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 13, signed a two-year contract with HC Lugano. The 33-year-old went 27-12-4 with a 3.10 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in 45 games (43 … Read more

Kane uncertain about future with Oilers

EDMONTON – Evander Kane said he is unsure if he will play with the Edmonton Oilers next season. “I thought it went really well [in Edmonton], probably even better than I expected to be honest, “Kane said Tuesday.” So I have nothing but good things to say on that. There’s so many different variables. We … Read more

NHL Free Agency: Five Players Who Have Boosted Value in Playoffs

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports From veterans looking for the next big opportunity to younger guys looking to impress in an RFA season, here are five players that have used the Stanley Cup playoffs to improve their free agency value: 1. Nazem Kadri, C, UFA ($ 4,500,000) After undergoing thumb surgery following Game 3 against Edmonton, … Read more

NHL Free Agency: Five RFAs With Uncertain Futures

The off-season is inching closer by the day, with a number of teams facing some truly difficult decisions that could shape their rosters for years to come. A number of those decisions involve Restricted Free Agents, those who are due large qualifying offers that they may not be worth, but would otherwise hit the open … Read more

‘La Bamba’ singers wish Oilers good luck in Western Conference Final

The band who played “La Bamba” is hoping to hear “La Bamba” on Monday. Los Lobos, the group who rose to stardom in 1987 when their cover of the late Ritchie Valens’ signature song topped the charts internationally, gave a shoutout to the Edmonton Oilers before Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. “Let’s go … Read more

NHL department of player safety once again shows lack of consistency with suspension of Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane

Evander Kane isn’t going to be in the Edmonton Oilers lineup for game four. The league has come down on him with a one-game suspension for his hit on Nazem Kadri in game three. Minutes into the game, Kane caught Kadri with a stick in the back feet away from the boards sending the latter … Read more