Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
April 18 2016 02:45PM


Even though the Edmonton Oilers aren't involved in the playoffs, there are numerous story lines which could become intertwined with the Oilers this off-season.

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Does hitting mean you don't have the puck?

Jason Gregor
April 15 2016 03:26PM

St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock had some hockey people fired up with his comments one day after the Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime. St.Louis had 41 hits in game one, but Hitchcock got some people up in arms when he said that wasn't good enough.

“We’re going to have to go up way bigger. We’re going to have to get it into the 70s if we expect to win.”

It had the media covering the series and many stats people looking for a response. Hitch was exaggerating with his mention of 70, but his premise was the same. He believes the Blues need to be physical.

“I’m not sure about that comment,” said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. “I hope there’s some validity to it. I hope he tries to go to 70, it means we got the puck the whole (game).”

The theory many project is if you are hitting that means you don't have the puck, but is it really true?

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Klefbom will need specially fitted skate

Jason Gregor
April 12 2016 11:47AM


Oscar Klefbom was the Oilers best defenceman for the first 30 games of the season. The Oilers were 13-15-2 with him in the lineup, and they were 18-28-6 without him. They need him healthy and in the lineup next season.

I spoke to Klefbom yesterday on my show and he discussed his "nightmare" season, the need for a specially fitted skate and what his prognosis looks like for next season.

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Klefbom: "It's been a crazy season."

Jason Gregor
April 11 2016 07:10PM


Oscar Klefbom was a guest on my radio show on TSN1260 earlier today and he discussed his frustrating season.

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Oilers clean out their lockers.

Jason Gregor
April 11 2016 01:53PM


Another season has come and gone for the Edmonton Oilers, and once again they will be a spectator when the playoffs begin Wednesday evening. I didn't expect the Oilers to make the postseason, but I didn't see them finishing 29th. Regardless of injuries, this was another disappointing season. To suggest otherwise would be misleading.

Changes will be made, but unlike previous years, it seems inevitable we will see a trade involving a young, skilled forward. The man in charge of making that decision is Peter Chiarelli, and it won't be an easy move.

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