THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 31 2015 09:40AM

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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. Well, those writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards until something spilled out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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DESTINATION PETRY: THE DETROIT RED WINGS

Lowetide
January 31 2015 07:44AM

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We're one month away from the NHL trade deadline and the deals are picking up in pace. The Edmonton Oilers have made only one deal—a major one, David Perron to Pittsburgh—and will make at least one more (or so it seems) before time expires March 2nd. Jeff Petry is leaving town.

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STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD

Lowetide
January 30 2015 05:52PM

The Edmonton Oilers are leaving Oklahoma territory at the end of this season, heading to California in a modern re-telling of the Steinbeck novel. As with all things, the idea is to find a better place and in this case there are some benefits for team, players and possibly fans. Let's have a look.

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STOP REWARDING FAILURE

Robin Brownlee
January 30 2015 03:01PM

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Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

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Don't trade Hendricks or Gordon

Jason Gregor
January 30 2015 01:00PM

The trade deadline is 31 days away, and I'm stunned by how many people believe trading Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon would be a good decision.

Have you not being paying attention to the woes of the Oilers the past five years? You can't win with an abundance of young players.

The Oilers do not need to stockpile more draft picks at the expense of two proven NHL veterans who are under contract for next season.

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