Monday Mailbag - September 22

September 22 2014 10:20AM


As far as I'm concerned, you've worked about as much as is necessary for today - it's time to take a break and learn something.  To make the mailbag work I need your questions.  If you have something you'd like to ask our writers, email me at  Enjoy wasting company time, dear friends.

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Post game report from Rexall...

Jason Gregor
September 21 2014 08:58PM


The Oilers defeated the Flames 3-1 at Rexall, but lost 1-0 in Calgary. Here is a quick recap of the game in Edmonton.

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GDB -8.0 & -7.0

Jason Gregor
September 21 2014 11:02AM


For the past two seasons the Battle of Alberta has been the Battle of Basement, with the Oilers narrowly bettering the Flames in 2013, and Calgary finishing ahead last year. It feels like forever since these franchises have been simultaneously competitive, but despite their lack of on-ice success fans in both cities still despise their provincial rival.

Even though tonight's rosters will feature many players who will never suit up regularly for the Flames or Oilers, fans in both markets will be passionately rooting for the logo.

Until a Stanley Cup run is realistic, or even the playoffs for that matter, the BOA is the series you expect the Oilers to win.

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“Pending restricted free agent Taylor Hall”

Jonathan Willis
September 21 2014 07:00AM


By now, the Edmonton Oilers getting slammed for their willingness to pay young players early is a bit of a tradition. It goes back to Brian Burke complaining about the Penner offer sheet and it basically hasn't stopped since. 

The counterargument is that phrase in the title. If Edmonton had signed its kids to the two-year bridge deals which are so popular around the league, Taylor Hall would be one year away from RFA status and three years away from unrestricted free agency.

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Dallas Eakins has “a real comfort level” with Mark Arcobello

Jonathan Willis
September 20 2014 12:29PM


Sometimes NHL teams make lineup decisions for reasons other than a pure assessment of each individual’s merit, and on Friday Dallas Eakins admitted that Mark Arcobello – who is favoured to win a spot in the team’s top-nine out of training camp – likely deserved a better shot than he was given a year ago.

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