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Wanye
June 23 2011 09:42PM

Sweet Lords have mercy. Fresh off a 3,500 km road trip from Dallas to Edmonton - one where we forgot our blackberry at home in the charger because of "Celebratory Collateral" after the Bruins Cup win - the busy season is in full swing. No time for tales of debauchery in the Big D - there is so much going on in here we feel like we can't keep up.*

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RN-H: TALKING THE TALK

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2011 04:01PM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins faced a horde of reporters at a meet-and-greet luncheon with NHL media today and the talented centre from the Red Deer Rebels ticked off all the right boxes in terms of saying the right things about the likelihood -- certainty -- he'll be drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers Friday.

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ART OF THE DEAL: IS TAMBELLINI A PLAYER?

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2011 12:05PM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Talk persists that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is determined to acquire a second top-10 pick in the first round of Friday's NHL Entry Draft. While his intent seems clear, the question is how he accomplishes it.

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IS TRADING UP WORTH IT?

Jason Gregor
June 23 2011 11:55AM

Let's be honest, every guy and girl has thought about trading up!

You think your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend's expiry date is past due and  the hot guy/girl at the bar is going to make your life instantly better and hotter. Don't lie, you've all thought that at some point. Most of you have realized that it was a ridiculous thought and made the right choice to go home,  but some of you have given in to the allure of lust, ecstacy and instant gratification.

Will some GMs be seduced into overpaying to move up a few spots on Friday?

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DON'T MOCK ME: MY 2011 MOCK DRAFT

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2011 10:41AM

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Here, based on the order of selection at the time of writing today -- an order that's guaranteed to change by Friday morning when all the wheeling and dealing is done -- is how I see the first round of the NHL Entry Draft unfolding at the Xcel Energy Center.

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