Robin Brownlee
July 15 2016 07:00AM

When the 1999-2000 season began, Peter Pocklington was already out as owner, the EIG was signing the cheques and the franchise’s penchant for leaning heavily on the Boys on the Bus continued unabated with more changes grabbing a lot of the headlines.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 15 2016 05:00AM


Leaf fans losing confidence in Lou, "Mandela incident" was beginning of the end for Jonathan Bernier, how do things look for Flames headed into camp, a look at Adam Larsson in Edmonton, the NHL isn't fun, finding elite talent late in the draft, how likely are goalies to "make it" and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Patience for Puljujarvi

Jason Gregor
July 14 2016 12:47PM


The Edmonton Oilers signed Jesse Puljujarvi to a three-year entry level contract yesterday, with a $3.425 million cap hit. His base salary is $925,000. The Oilers happily selected Jesse Puljujarvi with the fourth selection at the NHL draft in June. Many didn’t expect him to be there, but the Columbus Blue Jackets preferred Pierre-Luc Dubois and took him third.

Oilersnation erupted in celebration. Puljujarvi is 6’4” and 208 pounds. He is huge. He can skate and he was the best player at the World Junior Championships. He looks like a great bet to be a solid NHL player, but history suggests it won’t happen right away.

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Jason Smith: "Edmonton will always be close to me"

Zach Laing
July 14 2016 07:00AM

After more than 1000 games in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators, Jason Smith cemented himself as a true journeyman defenceman: A leader, a captain and one hell of a warrior. When his playing days ended in 2009 with the Ottawa Senators, he took a few years off only to be later hired by the Ottawa squad in 2012 as a team consultant. This move triggered a chain of events that has now seen him land as the head coach of the Kelowna Rockets

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July 13 2016 06:27PM

theodore williams

If the Edmonton Oilers can't get a puck-moving defender at the NHL level, perhaps finding—and developing—this player-type is the wise route to take. There are some impressive talents bubbling under in the AHL, and one or more could be available in the next several months. Here is a quick look at the best offensive defensemen in the AHL during 2015-16. (Photo by Mark Williams)

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