GDB -4.0: Make or break

Jason Gregor
September 29 2014 12:43PM

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The Oilers play four preseason games in the next six days, and for players on the bubble like Anton Lander, Jesse Joensuu, Martin Marincin, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Brad Hunt, Steve Pinizzotto and Tyler Pitlick, this week will decide whether they start the season in the NHL, AHL or CHL.

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Cherish your father

Jason Gregor
September 29 2014 07:13AM

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Unlike previous years, when I always found a connection between the amount of years since my father’s death to a memory from my childhood, this year nothing has connected me to the number 14. The 12th year of his passing reminded me of his favourite movie, The Dirty Dozen, but this year I recalled nothing connecting the two.

Instead of recollections, I found that the bond between father and child has embraced my soul in a much deeper sense . The memories that overflow my consciousness this year have been more about the meaning and responsibility of fatherhood.

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Tkachev: Realistic expectations

Jason Gregor
September 25 2014 10:08AM

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Vladimir Tkachev picked up two assists last night, and instantly his hype reached unhealthy levels. Have Oilers fans not learned from the past? I recall many fans and some media blaming Craig MacTavish for holding Rob Schremp back. The Oilers also held back Linus Omark in the eyes of many.

In both cases the players were over-hyped due to their offensive exploits in junior or on YouTube, and after they left Edmonton people realized that the Oilers hadn't held back their talents. Their talents just weren't good enough to be NHL players.

Please don't do the same for Tkachev, the kid doesn't deserve it.

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GDB -06: Trouba and the Jets

Jason Gregor
September 24 2014 05:54PM

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The twenty Oilers who will play tonight in Winnipeg skated in Leduc this morning at 9:30 a.m., before flying to Winnipeg to face Jacob Trouba and the Jets. Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom and Martin Marincin will be in the lineup, and all of them are hoping to have the same impact in the NHL this year that Trouba had last year.

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
September 22 2014 01:34PM

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The Oilers took their CBA-mandated one day off a week today, and they will be back on the ice tomorrow in Leduc. The players will get to enjoy Dallas Eakins' on-ice beep test. "It's brutal," said a few players last week, but this year the test will be done at the end of practice not at the start, so the players are happy about that at least.

More musings....

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