THE SEASON AHEAD

Wanye
July 31 2013 11:10AM

Sitting around with the team at NationHQ the conversation never veers far from our beloved Oilers. "Ever hear of the Oilers?" we will often muse aloud to an empty room. "Remember the time they went to the Cup Finals in 2006?"

At this point a tumbleweed or something equally forlorn will roll down the centre of the office and we will go back to playing Clash of Clans, misty eyed with memories of a better time.

But things are starting to pick up around here. Full time staffers are starting to increase, there are ever more people showing up to work. And we get to have actual conversations with actual people. It's all very exciting you see. Like an elderly Fred Durst in the song above - we are ready to go.

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How has the Edmonton Oilers' roster changed from last year?

Jonathan Willis
July 31 2013 09:18AM

While Craig MacTavish may have failed to make all the bold moves he wanted to get done, he has been very active in his first summer as the Oilers’ general manager. How does the roster he’s assembled compare with the one Steve Tambellini put together for the start of last season?

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THE GOLDEN SOMBRERO

Lowetide
July 30 2013 09:07PM

In mid-June, we took a long look at what might happen this summer to the Oilers roster and prospect list. I made several predictions, thinking alongside Craig MacTavish after years of watching him expertly manage his NHL roster. With a keen eye and thinking along with him, I set down the summer in measured, rational terms. The result? 

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WHAT TYPE OF GAME WILL CANADA PLAY?

Jason Gregor
July 30 2013 12:18PM

After winning the 2002 Olympic gold medal, Canada kept the same coaching staff for the 2006 Olympics, but they were unable to match their gold medal run in Turin. Was the 2002 team that much better? Did they play a different style, even though the ice surface in Provo, Salt Lake was Olympic size (200 feet x 100 feet) and the same as Turin, Italy?

Will Canada play a different style in Sochi than they did in Vancouver, 2010? Will they want different style of players?

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RADIO GA-GA: TWO AT THE TOP

Robin Brownlee
July 29 2013 08:33PM

I usually don't put a lot of stock in the polls that David Staples runs over at the Cult of Hockey at The Edmonton Journal. In fact I sometimes mock them, but the results Staples is getting today for his latest question – Who is Edmonton's top sports radio host? – confirm what I already know.

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