EVEN WHEN THEY WIN, THEY LOSE

Robin Brownlee
March 19 2014 02:36PM

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When the Edmonton Oilers reek like overripe cheese and lose too much, fans are unhappy. When they get their act together and win too much, as they've done over the last month, fans are unhappy. Tough crowd.

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
March 14 2014 11:54AM

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I'm not sure if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is playing banged up, if he's worn down mentally or if he's simply in the middle of the kind of slump every player goes through from time to time, but it doesn't take a vast intellect to figure out he's struggling mightily.

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THE OILERS STINK BECAUSE . . .

Robin Brownlee
March 10 2014 05:40PM

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Everybody has an opinion about why the Edmonton Oilers have struggled mightily to show significant signs of progress four years into their rebuild, and former Oiler Ales Hemsky added to that lengthy list today. Let's see if we've about got it covered . . .

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Moving Forward: When?

Robin Brownlee
March 07 2014 09:22AM

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I understand GM Craig MacTavish can't just snap his fingers and conjure up the finished product he hopes his Edmonton Oilers will be when this rebuild is done and his team is actually contending for something other than a lottery pick again.

I certainly didn't expect it Wednesday at the trade deadline – it went pretty much as I expected it would as MacT rid himself of Ales Hemsky and Nick Schultz for draft picks after unloading Ilya Bryzgalov and acquiring Viktor Fasth – so I'm not disappointed he didn’t re-shape the team in a major way.

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Trade Deadline: Bold Will Wait

Robin Brownlee
March 03 2014 05:55PM

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Even with today's signing of Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract, it's understandable fans of the Edmonton Oilers want to see GM Craig MacTavish make a big bang – a "bold move," to borrow from MacT -- between now and the NHL trade deadline. I don’t see it happening.

Given what I know, what I've heard and what common sense suggests, it's far more likely MacTavish's strategy going into the deadline will be to free up roster spots and set the table for more substantial moves during the off-season by moving pending unrestricted free agents and spare parts.

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