CLOSE TO BOLD 2.0?

Lowetide
July 04 2014 10:18PM

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A year ago, the Edmonton Oilers were trying to find bold and fans were discussing their free-agent haul. The Oilers had an interesting draft and an active free agent period, but there was a sense more was required.

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There were some clues that linked St. Louis to Edmonton—or more accurately, led us to the conclusion the Blues were in need of a deal to ease their cap pain.

We discussed it four days before the trade, here.

Are there clues tonight available that indicate the next move for Edmonton?

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IS THE ANSWER ARCO?

Lowetide
July 02 2014 07:03PM

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The current slow play by GM Craig MacTavish at center benefits Mark Arcobello in a big way. Even if the Oilers go out and find a suitable 2line C, Arcobello will compete with No. 3 overall pick Leon Draisaitl for 3line duty this fall. Even if THAT duel ends in a loss for the diminutive center, he'll hang around as an extra forward waiting for slump or injury. Mark Arcobello keeps matriculating!

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LAST CHANCE TEXACO

Lowetide
June 30 2014 06:55PM

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In the summer of 2011, Steve Tambellini hit the free agent market with some cash and about 10 holes in the roster. When the smoke cleared, we were greeted by Cam Barker, Eric Belanger, Darcy Hordichuk, Andy Sutton (via trade), Ben Eager and Corey Potter. The additions weren't enough, and the club spiraled downward again that winter, resulting in another No. 1 overall selection in 2012.

Craig MacTavish has a shorter list, but the pressure is greater too. After a generation in the depths of the standings, Edmonton Oiler fans have finally run out of goodwill, patience and hope.

Have the Edmonton Oilers heard you? We find out tomorrow.

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COUNTING DOWN TO THE CRAZY

Lowetide
June 29 2014 03:12PM

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The Buffalo Sabres bought out Christian Ehrhoff earlier today, and he immediately becomes one of the best available for free agency this summer. The Vollman Sledgehammer has some nice numbers and colors, and the German is in a good part of the graph. Should the Oilers pursue him?

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DRAFT THOUGHTS AT 1AM

Lowetide
June 29 2014 01:01AM

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The Edmonton Oilers entered the weekend with one lottery pick and 5 lottery tickets, and that's exactly what happened.

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