UP AND DOWN

Robin Brownlee
December 08 2016 07:00AM

SeeSaw

With a 14-10-4 record for 32 points through 28 games, the Edmonton Oilers are off to their best start in a decade, since they got out of the gate at a 16-10-2 clip for 34 points in 2006-07. So why is there so much angst and consternation in Oiler Country?

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TOP 100 OILERS: ADAM GRAVES (40)

Robin Brownlee
December 07 2016 09:15AM

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There’s a handful of players on this Top 100 list who made it based on what I saw, on the ice and off it, as opposed to the raw numbers they amassed during their time with the Edmonton Oilers. Adam Graves, who played a key role in Edmonton’s fifth Stanley Cup win in 1990 as a member of the Kid Line, is one of those players.

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TOP 100 OILERS: KEN LINSEMAN (41)

Robin Brownlee
November 30 2016 07:00AM

Unless Ken Linseman was playing for your team, he was a dirty little %@$#^# so-and-so nicknamed The Rat who deserved to get his #%$&#% backside handed to him good and plenty, and the sooner the better. He was a miserable little $#*#~!@ cheap-shot guy loathed far and wide around the NHL. Shut your face, Linseman, you $%@^!#.

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YOU AGAIN?

Robin Brownlee
November 29 2016 07:00AM

The first meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 1 this season was hyped as a showdown between blue-chippers Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, the first overall picks in the 2015 and 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

McDavid and Matthews instead got upstaged at the Air Canada Centre by Nazem Kadri, who stole the show. Kadri not only drove McDavid to distraction in a way that would make Esa Tikkanen proud, he scored two goals, including the winner 12 seconds into overtime, as the Maple Leafs beat the Oilers 3-2.

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AT RANDOM: ARE WE THERE YET?

Robin Brownlee
November 25 2016 07:30AM

Square Peg

I’ve long believed trying to sell NHL hockey in the greater Phoenix area is destined to fail, and it’s been mostly that in terms of fan support over the last decade. Now, there’s talk about building a second arena for the Arizona Coyotes despite the fact their current home, Gila River Arena, isn’t even 15 years old.

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