LONG WAY DOWN

Robin Brownlee
January 24 2015 11:21AM

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It’s becoming obvious that if the Edmonton Oilers are going to hang with the awful Buffalo Sabres in the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes, they are going to need some help from GM Craig MacTavish. So, what can he do to take a run at 30 th place?

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 24 2015 07:29AM

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As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division teams. Well, the writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards in the hopes that something would come out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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REPORT CARD DAY!

Lowetide
January 23 2015 02:39PM

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Even the best students can have a down period and that is most certainly the case for several Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15. The season isn't over, there is plenty that can be salvaged. It is All-Star weekend and that means a review of everything, from chemistry to, apparently Latin.

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Development and the 200-game mark

Jonathan Willis
January 23 2015 12:09PM

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There’s an artificial cut-off that serves as a pretty iron-clad rule as to whether a prospect is of any real value. Basically, once he’s played 200 professional games in North America he’s either in the NHL or he’s a long-shot ‘tweener of no real importance.

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Handcuffed?

Jonathan Willis
January 23 2015 09:30AM

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Todd Nelson’s in a really awkward spot. He’s an interim head coach, with no job security past the next few months, and he’s trying to make changes on the fly with an underachieving roster and no training camp to set things up.

One thing that might help him is reliable reinforcements from Oklahoma City, but at this point it seems either that there aren’t any or that general manager Craig MacTavish wants him to make do with the players currently in the majors.

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