YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?

Robin Brownlee
February 21 2017 02:00PM

Chance

Sure, there’s a chance that I could end up on the cover of GQ Magazine. Impossible as it might seem, there is a chance. Of course, it’s not going to happen. Same goes for the Edmonton Oilers missing the playoffs this season. Yes, there’s a chance they could miss. It’s not going to happen.

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GDB 60.0: Battling the Bolts

Jason Gregor
February 21 2017 12:02PM

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While the Oilers have been arguably the biggest surprise in the NHL this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the biggest disappointments. They lost the Eastern Conference Final in game seven last year, after losing in the Stanley Cup final in 2015.

Many expected the Bolts to be a Cup contender, but they currently sit 23rd in the NHL, six points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wildcard spot. It has been a season to forget in Tampa Bay, and the Oilers will be looking for their first win in Tampa since December 9th, 2009.

It reads worse than it is, since the Oilers have only skated in Tampa Bay four times since that victory, but the Oilers have ended many long droughts this season and they'll try to continue that trend tonight.

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Kris Russell: Trap or Opportunity?

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2017 11:00AM

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One of the larger individual decisions that the Edmonton Oilers have to make in the next few months is whether or not to sign Kris Russell to a contract extension. He is the team’s most prominent player bound for unrestricted free agency and handles key minutes on the blue line.

Before the Oilers make a decision on Russell one way or the other, a particular fact which should not escape their attention: Kris Russell’s reputation this season hinges on a single hot month.

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Did the Oilers miss an opportunity in Michael Stone?

Jonathan Willis
February 21 2017 09:00AM

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Michael Stone is a 26-year-old right-shot defenceman with 324 games of NHL experience. Last season he put up 36 points; this season he played 20-plus minutes per game in Arizona. He’s also 6’3”, 210 pounds and as a pending free agent carried minimal acquisition risk.

Yesterday the Calgary Flames acquired him for a third-round draft pick, along with a conditional fifth-rounder if he were to re-sign in southern Alberta. Did the Edmonton Oilers miss an opportunity to upgrade their blue line?

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
February 21 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The Atlantic Division is complete wide open. Every day, depending on who happens to have a game, the standings shuffle up and down, as only a whopping twelve points separates first from last in the division. The Canadiens have a closing window that their general manager will surely try to capitalize on, while the Red Wings, Sabres, and Lightning, have had disappointing seasons and could sell. In the middle are the Senators, who nobody expected to be playing so well, the Leafs who still have their eyes on the future, the Panthers who are finally playing at a high level, and the Bruins who, uh, who knows! 

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