Puppet Master

Jason Strudwick
May 07 2013 12:25PM

When Paul MacLean was named head coach of the Ottawa Senators, many people felt he was put in place to take a lot of heat. The team seemed to be in rebuilding mode. Many young players would be in the lineup. Winning seasons did not seem to be right in the future.

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Timeline

Jonathan Willis
May 07 2013 09:25AM

The idea that Craig MacTavish and Scott Howson were huge parts of getting the Oilers into the mess that Steve Tambellini proved unable to extricate the team from is one that has a certain amount of resonance with Oilers fans. After all, MacTavish was the head coach of the team for many years, and Howson was the assistant general manager, so doesn’t handing the reins over to that duo just guarantee more of the same?

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ANSWER THE PHONE

Lowetide
May 06 2013 06:58PM

Dear NHL: As an industry, you are badly overlooking the Edmonton Oilers. I have a request: keep doing what you're doing.

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YAK WINS NOTHING, OILERSNATION WINS SOMETHING

Wanye
May 06 2013 01:01PM

It's a tale of joy and sorrow today Nation. And rage. And hope for the future. Give a read if you dare. I mean it's like 33 degrees in the Capital City. We can't help but assume everyone is skipping work and is getting their tan on.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS: YAK SNUBBED? AND HALL BENCHED?

Jason Gregor
May 06 2013 12:16PM

Despite the Oilers being out of the playoffs for the 7th straight season, there is still numerous intriguing hockey stories unfolding around the NHL. Did the Vancouver Canucks window for a championship just slam shut? It didn't take long for Ottawa and Montreal to build a legitimate rivalry. The WHL final is very competitive, and today the first finalists for an NHL award were announced.

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