October 13 2015 10:34AM


Is there anything better than a good scrap in a hockey game? No, I'm not talking about a staged fight between two guys that can barely play. I'm talking about a fight derived from anger and passion. These guys are gladiators and today, thanks to our friends at Violent Gentlemen and their new line "Trust and Tradition," we're here to celebrate that wonderful moment when fist meets face.

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Feeling Blue

Matt Henderson
October 12 2015 05:35PM

The opening weekend in the NHL is over, and most teams have a couple of games in the books already. The Oil have picked up two losses but I’m not overly concerned just yet. There are some positives to take away from the matches, but when I look at the club what I see is a group of defenders trying to get comfortable with change.

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The Revolving Door Next to Eric Gryba

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2015 03:45PM


One of the big storylines through training camp was head coach Todd McLellan’s decision to run NHL-style lines immediately. The thinking went that this would allow the Oilers’ players to gel as units and allow the coaches to get a firm read on what they could expect from lines and pairings.

With that in mind, it’s interesting that the signals sent out on Monday indicate that Griffin Reinhart will be scratched for the second consecutive game and that Eric Gryba will get his third defence partner in as many nights.

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Robin Brownlee
October 12 2015 10:44AM


If you had a dollar for every time a NHL general manager has said over the past 20 years he coveted a forward who was not only talented, but big and tough with a nasty edge to him, you could probably retire quite comfortably. Players like that don’t grow on trees.

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Monday Mailbag - October 12th

October 12 2015 08:00AM


Happy Thanksgiving Monday to everyone that got the day off, and my apologies to those of you who didn't. Unfortunately, while most of us are pounding back Thanksgiving leftovers sans pants you're sitting at work looking for ways to kill time. Allow the Mailbag to dust off a few minutes of company time and get you closer to going home. As always, I need questions for the Mailbag so email me at or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk. Enough of me - let's learn something. 

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