RISK FOR BOTH GAGNER AND OILERS

Jason Gregor
July 21 2013 10:05PM

The Edmonton Oilers and Sam Gagner are less than 18 hours away from an arbitration hearing, but are both sides willing to take the risk that comes with accepting a one-year deal?

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SCHEDULE IS OUT....

Jason Gregor
July 19 2013 12:40PM

The NHL finally released their 2013/2014 schedule, and at the same time they came up with the most idiotic division name in the history of pro sports, METROPOLITAN.

I would have preferred they went back to naming divisions and conferences after people who made signficant impacts to hockey, but I understand why they stayed with Pacific, Central and Atlantic, they are known and make sense geographically, but Metropolitan is just another notch on Gary Bettman's belt of head-scratching decisions.

Regardless, the Oiler schedule is out and, if you like variety, it is the best in years.

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THE RETURN OF THE JETS AND GREBESHKOV?

Jason Gregor
July 18 2013 05:32PM

**This footage of game 6 vs. the Jets in 1990. Oiler fans might want to fast forward to the 9:30 mark.***

The Winnipeg Jets haven't played in Edmonton since March 29th, 1996 when Miroslav Satan had a pair of goals in a 3-2 Oilers victory while Nikolai Khabibulin was in goal for the Jets, and Ryan Smyth was in his rookie season.

However, according to my source, that 17-year drought will end October 1st  when the Jets return to Rexall Place for opening night against the Edmonton Oilers.

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CATCHING UP WITH JONES

Jason Gregor
July 15 2013 12:15PM

I can't confirm if Ryan Jones celebrated like this when he signed a one-year deal with the Oilers last week, but the 29-year-old was excited he's returning to Edmonton. Jones, like most of his teammates, has something to prove to his new coach and GM, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

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MACT: LOOKING TO WIN NOW...

Jason Gregor
July 11 2013 12:42PM

Yesterday's trade involving David Perron and Magnus Paajarvi showed me the Oilers are finished "waiting" for prospects to develop. That doesn't mean they won't allows Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin and Darnell Nurse time to mature, but Craig MacTavish won't be afraid to deal one of his young players for a more mature and proven, yet still young, NHL player.

The rebuild stage isn't completely over, but I believe the Oilers are entering a new phase that will be more about shaping the team instead of just stockpiling young talent.

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