The Face of the Franchise?

Jonathan Willis
December 17 2013 08:44AM

This summer, the clear consensus in Edmonton seemed to be that Taylor Hall was the most important part of the team’s long-term core. The year before, Jordan Eberle’s 34-goal, 76-point season likely would have won him that honour.

But if we held a poll today I’m guessing that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be the name on the lips of most.

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Moral victory, actual loss: Edmonton falls 3-2 to Anaheim

Jonathan Willis
December 15 2013 09:38PM

For those focused on process, the Oilers’ Sunday night game against Anaheim wasn’t bad. Edmonton’s team competed for 60 minutes, and got strong performances from a number of players. Sam Gagner – who had been demoted to the fourth line in Friday’s game against Vancouver – stood out in particular in the latter category.

But for those focused on results, it was more of the same: yet another loss, in a season full of them.

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So Long, Jason LaBarbera

Jonathan Willis
December 14 2013 11:55AM


The Edmonton Oilers announced this morning that they had traded goaltender Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks for the proverbial bag of pucks.

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Zack Kassian, Edmonton Oilers Embarrass Themselves

Jonathan Willis
December 13 2013 10:44PM


The Edmonton Oilers were humiliated by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. There are other ways to describe it: they were embarrassed, out-classed, routed, disgraced, humbled, shamed. Whatever the word choice, their 4-0 loss was a game where it appeared the team didn't even belong in the same league as their Pacific Division rivals.

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GDB 34.0: Once More Unto The Breach

Jonathan Willis
December 13 2013 01:56PM

It’s a fair bet that Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins did not and will not quote Shakespeare when talking to his team today, but doubtless both he and fans of the Oilers would like to see the spirit embodied in Henry V’s speech as they play the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

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