Jason Strudwick
November 10 2014 06:52PM

What a difference a full off-season of working out can do for a player, especially a young one. The Nuge has evolved this season into a much different player. Most of the change has come through his physical development.

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When Taylor Hall returns should he play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2014 04:53PM

Kid Line-1

It isn’t at all uncommon for teams with two great forwards to play them on separate lines. Pavel Datsyuk has played 4,500-odd minutes for Detroit over the last five seasons; only a third of them were spent on the same line as Henrik Zetterberg. It’s a similar story in Chicago, where Jonathan Toews has spent about 40 percent of his time playing with Patrick Kane and the other 60 percent playing with someone else.

Taylor Hall is one of the best players in the league, but for the last couple of seasons he’s been the only great forward in Edmonton. Now, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is showing signs that he may be ready to take the jump. That leaves Dallas Eakins facing the same choice that Mike Babcock and Joel Quenneville face: Does he keep the duo together, or split them up?

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Robin Brownlee
November 10 2014 02:39PM

The good news is the Edmonton Oilers have done reasonably well without Taylor Hall on their road trip, winning two of the four games they’ve played heading into Nashville on Tuesday. The better news is they might not have to get along without their dynamic left winger much longer.

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Monday Musings...

Jason Gregor
November 10 2014 12:06PM

monday musings

I was on the road yesterday to Crooked Creek (in between Valleyview and Grande Prairie) for my uncle's 65th birthday party so I had to PVR the Oilers game. Even with the snowy conditions, that drive is so much easier now that highway 43 is twinned the entire way. It will be great, and much safer, when HWY 63 to Fort McMurray is complete.

I got up this morning to watch the Oilers play the Rangers. I luckily didn't know the score before watching, so it was like I was seeing it live.

Here are some thoughts on last night's game, the NHL, the CFL playoffs and some interesting comments on what players think about their head coach.

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November 10 2014 08:26AM


There's nothing more satisfying that getting to work and killing the first hour of the day.  If we can do something to help get you through another Monday without punching someone, it's our civic duty to do so. With that, I present to you another edition of the Mailbag. If you have a question you would like to ask, you can email me at or hit me up on Twitter at @jsbmbaggedmilk.

Put your feet up and enjoy - we're all in this together. 

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