October 15 2014 03:50PM


The wonderful baseball writer Bill James told the best procurement, development and deployment story I've ever heard in one of his Baseball Abstracts. It's a great story and teaching tool for fans of any sport, and a valuable lesson for sports franchises. Procurement of talent is one thing, but getting productive years before saying goodbye is vital to an organization. How are the Oilers doing in this regard?

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Robin Brownlee
October 15 2014 10:35AM


On many levels, preaching patience and telling people to step away from the ledge in the first days of the NHL season until they have the benefit of a longer look makes all the sense in the world. That’s exactly what Jonathan Willis wrote in his A Big Tall Glass of Calmdown Juice piece yesterday.

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GDB 3.0 WRAP UP: Oilers @ Kings

October 14 2014 11:09PM


Well… That just happened. Final Score: 6-1 Kings.

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GDB 3.0: Facing the Champs

Jason Gregor
October 14 2014 01:54PM

The Kings have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past three seasons. They have become one of the dominant franchises in the NHL, and last season the gap between the Oilers and the Kings was as large as the Grand Canyon.

The Kings outscored the Oilers 11-3 in four games, but they out shot them 186-86. The Kings fired 48, 40, 50 and 48 shots while the Oilers countered with 18, 24, 27 and 17. The Oilers did manage a SO loss point in the first meeting when Richard Bachman stood on his head, but every game clearly illustrated the chasm between the Oilers and a Cup contending team.

Tonight will be our first opportunity to see how much closer, if any, the 2014/2015 Oilers are to competing with the elite in the western conference.

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A Big Tall Glass of Calmdown Juice

Jonathan Willis
October 14 2014 09:45AM


Two games into the 2014-15 NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers are stuck at zero wins. The critical part of that sentence is “two games.” However, “two games” seems to be losing rather badly to “zero wins” in the minds of many of the fans of the team I interact with.

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