Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

November 19 2011 07:33AM

In the storied history of the Edmonton Oilers, few trades have turned out better than Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick for Ryan Smyth. Hell, I'm not even certain there IS a 7th round! I'm not sure it's the biggest trade in Oiler history, but it's the longest and that's for sure.

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November 16 2011 06:01PM

When I was a kid, the Oakland Seals had a new crop of good looking rookies every year. The following year, most or all of those would fall out of favor and there would be a new group of hopefuls. From Stan Gilbertson to Bobby Sheehan to Joey Johnston to Dave Hrechkosy and on it went. After awhile--and I was young, this may not have occured to me until years later--the smart man stops questioning the rookies and begins to suspect the organization.

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Reasonable Expectations

November 14 2011 05:32PM

David Staples caused a little conversation today with his recent article "Ryan Smyth rocks it on the road, while Nugent-Hopkins drops it." I'm thrilled at the title, which is at least as long as some of mine. As for the idea behind it, well what is reasonable? What should we be expecting after 17 games?

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You're Doing Fine! Oklahoma! OK!

November 13 2011 10:30AM

A picture is worth a thousand words. For instance, I'm fairly certain the Barons coaching staff would have had this defensive sequence drawn up a little differently, but stuff happens in the heat of battle. Checking the standings, OKC's Barons are flying to historic heights, but the boxcars look pedestrian.

What's that about? Who's the MVP? How are the prospects doing?

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Pay You Back With Interest

November 12 2011 08:22AM

The day Edmonton signed Nikolai Khabibulin, I said we should consider it an overpay. I also said "don't like the money and don't like the terms. I'm completely fine with the goalie, he's always been a favorite of mine." If the Oilers had signed Khabibulin to a 2-year deal, it would have been fine with me. As it turned, the first two years were filled with stories bad and worse, injuries great and small, and the humbling of a pro athlete. 

From here, it looks to me as though Nikolai Khabibulin is planning on repaying the Oilers and their fans in full for that contract. With interest.

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