Jason Gregor
May 09 2012 01:39PM

As teams drop from the playoffs, we slowly start to focus more on the draft and free agency. The Nashville Predators swung for the fences at the trade deadline, but like most teams who take a risk on deadline day, they came up short. The Preds traded away their 1st and 2nd round picks for Paul Gaustad and Hal Gill, in hopes of a long playoff run as well as increasing their chances to re-sign Ryan Suter.

They struck out on a long playoff run, and right now no one really knows if Suter will stay. What I do know is that the Oilers won't be in the running for him.

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The Upside To Finishing Eighth

Jonathan Willis
May 09 2012 10:02AM

Edmonton Oilers’ fans are familiar with the annual tradition of just barely squeaking into the playoffs. Prior to the new tradition of being the worst team in the league, it was an Oilers’ standby for years.

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May 08 2012 09:38PM

The Edmonton Oilers scouting staff have delivered an impressive group with the 32 bullets fired in the last four years. In our latest look at the Oilers and the draft, we'll talk about where the organization procures their talent.

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Robin Brownlee
May 08 2012 02:40PM

Would the Edmonton Oilers be a better team right now with Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene and Dustin Penner than with the players they got for them? The Los Angeles Kings, for the time being at least, most certainly are.

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Jason Gregor
May 08 2012 12:49PM

Losing is no fun. Players hate it and so do you, but if you get a taste of victory here and there it can tide you over for awhile. The Oilers and their fans haven't experienced the euphoria of winning a playoff series since May 27th, 2006, when the Oilers beat the Ducks 2-1 to close out the western conference final.

In the 2,173 days (yes that long) since you watched the Oilers defeat the Ducks, you've never left the rink or turned off the TV feeling that energized. As you watch fans in LA and Phoenix enjoy their surprising runs to the western conference final, I'm sure you feel envy, but likely you are starting to wonder if you'll ever get to experience that rush of excitement after you team wins a playoff series again.

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