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January 30 2015 06:39AM

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Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O'Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Roundup.

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GDB 49.0: Sabres @ Oilers

baggedmilk
January 29 2015 10:22PM

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Do we cheer? I'm not sure what to do with my hands. Final Score: 3-2 Oilers

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GDB 49.0: The McDavid Bowl

Jason Gregor
January 29 2015 12:58PM

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Tonight's matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres pits the 30th (Sabres) and 29th (Oilers) place teams in the NHL. Many are calling it the McDavid Bowl, but players in both dressing rooms are not nearly as excited about that as fans in Edmonton or Buffalo.

Neither teams wants to be in this situation, and no self-respecting NHL player will try to lose on purpose just so their team has a better chance at drafting 1st overall this coming June. The way these teams are playing there is a good chance many players from both lineups won't be in the NHL next season, so they sure won't try and lose to land McDavid.

The harsh reality, however, is that these are clearly two of the worst teams in the league and one of them is guaranteed to finish 30th.

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The moment of opportunity to trade Jordan Eberle has passed

Jonathan Willis
January 29 2015 10:49AM

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The Edmonton Oilers may or may not decide to trade Jordan Eberle this summer in a bid to improve at another position. The question is whether it’s even worthwhile at this point; given Eberle’s contract and modest scoring totals over the last three years he’ll certainly still have some value but his stock has dropped precipitously from when the Oilers should have traded him, in the summer of 2012.

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Oilers and Otters: Snakes and Snake Oil

Matt Henderson
January 29 2015 08:51AM

Back in November a story broke out of Erie, Pennsylvania that the Oilers were suing Otters owner Sherry Bassin for 4.5 Million dollars. You can find that story here and I would suggest reading more of Erie Times reporter Ed Palattella's work as he's followed the situation unfold over the past few months. He is no doubt the go to person for this information. Very recently the Globe and Mail ran a piece about that same legal battle written by David Shoalts that you can see here. The slant on the most recent article was about the seedy underside of sports and it portrayed Katz as something of a slimy figure. A snake in the grass. 

Is that fair? Is that accurate?

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