ARMCHAIR GM XVI: BLOWING SMOKE

Robin Brownlee
April 18 2014 06:30PM

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Having known Craig MacTavish as a player, coach and manager in the NHL these past 25 years, many of them spent travelling around the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers until 2007, I have a lot of respect for him.

Of MacTavish's many virtues, gamesmanship – on and off the ice – sits high on my list of his attributes. It was no surprise, then, to hear him spin The World According to MacT the other day when he met with local media, specifically as it pertained to head coach Dallas Eakins and how he'll handle his coaching staff. Will Eakins retain Steve Smith and Kelly Buchberger? Will he add another coach?

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EAKINS: VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

Robin Brownlee
April 14 2014 05:16PM

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Like it or not, Dallas Eakins will be back for a second season as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers despite some well-documented bumps in the road during his rookie campaign as an NHL bench boss. That much we know.

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LAST CALL: RYAN SMYTH

Robin Brownlee
April 11 2014 12:30AM

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If TSN's Bob McKenzie has the story straight – he always does -- Ryan Smyth will make his retirement from the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL official as early as Friday afternoon.

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27: HALL, EBERLE AND PERRON

Robin Brownlee
April 07 2014 05:43PM

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Maybe I'm reaching for an angle in a season that's been devoid of any intrigue for months, but with three games remaining for the Edmonton Oilers, the three-way race for the team goal-scoring lead being staged by Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron has my attention.

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SMYTTY: OLD SCHOOL

Robin Brownlee
April 04 2014 05:29PM

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I've always had a soft spot in my hard, old heart for Ryan Smyth, so I smiled today when the Edmonton Oilers announced he was the team's nominee for the 2014 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

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