Jason Gregor
April 18 2012 12:56PM

The AHL switched the first round of their playoffs from a best-of-seven to a best-of-five this year, but in the process they forced some higher seeds to make a very difficult decision. The OKC Barons will start their series, v. the #8 seed Houston Aeros, on the road, despite finishing first in the western conference. The Barons are one of five teams who faced this dilemma.

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Ryan Smyth, Third-Line Winger

Jonathan Willis
April 18 2012 12:21PM

The conventional wisdom among some fans and media is that if Ryan Smyth wants to return as an Oiler, he’ll need to accept third-line minutes and third-line pay.

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A Real Eye Opener

Jason Strudwick
April 18 2012 08:17AM

So far the first round of the playoffs have been even better than I expected. There has been everything from high to low scoring games, great to bad goaltending and some of the most physical hockey seen in many years.

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April 17 2012 08:37PM

Alex Plante started this hockey season with some question marks. His progression had been slow, the organization had traded for a very similar prospect in Colten Teubert and Plante was hindered by foot speed issues. Alex Plante's arrows were not headed in a good direction. What a difference a year makes.

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Is Ralph Krueger Done With The Oilers?

Jonathan Willis
April 17 2012 01:40PM

Multiple reports out of Europe suggest that Edmonton Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger will not be returning to the team.

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