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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SAM GAGNER

I tracked down Sam Gagner at Perry Pearn’s 3-on-3 camp, two days after he signed a two-year, $4.55 million deal with the Oilers, and his appearance and attitude were noticeable different.

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WHAT ABOUT NIK?: TAKING THE HIGH ROAD

Let’s get past goofy talk about the Edmonton Oilers trying to void the contract of goaltender and convicted drunk driver Nikolai Khabibulin now and discuss what should happen next — aside from the shame-faced stopper going to jail for at least 30 days.

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CLOCKING BACK IN

Two weeks away from the Nation, (well almost two weeks, except when Wanye “meanest ever” Gretz made me write on article last week) and after a quick glance through some of the articles, it is nice to know we are less than two weeks from rookie camp, and just under three weeks from main camp.

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OILERS SIGN GAGNER

It would seem that riveting goaltending drama hasn’t prevented Oilers GM Steve Tambellini from pulling the trigger on a two year, $4.55 million dollar contract for young Sam Gagner.

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Reasonable Expectations 10-11: The Foot Soldiers (F)

Every Stanley won by the Edmonton Oilers featured a strong group of foot soldiers. Men like Kevin McClelland, Mike Krushelnyski, Dave Hunter, Dave Lumley, Jaroslav Pouzar, Craig MacTavish, Martin Gelinas and more. The Oilers of today have identified their skilled men of tomorrow: the snipers, the rear gunners, the flyboys and they will likely play their…

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Ashes By Now

The job of an NHL scout is to project into the future. Their friends are knowledge, experience, other scouts, the tailor-made computer program, miles and miles of blacktop and sheer freaking luck. Their odds are so poor anyone not absolutely married to the career would drop it based on logic and reason within the three…

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KHABIBULIN HEARS HIS FATE TUESDAY

Nikolai Khabibulin won’t have to wait very long to find out the legal price he’ll pay for his DUI and related convictions today — the Edmonton Oilers goaltender will be sentenced in Arizona Tuesday.

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Homestead

This is Jay McKee. 32 years old, veteran, great shot blocker. Free Agent. And he’s not alone.

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The Books

One of the key arguments behind Daryl Katz’s drive to get a new arena built in downtown Edmonton is that the Oilers are losing money and aren’t economically viable in their current facility. Given that those around the team have stressed this point repeatedly, I wonder if there was any face-palming when Oilers V.P. of…

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APPEASING THE DRAGON

  In the absence of anything interesting happening, we will discuss uninteresting things that are on our brain today. If not for a brief escape from the day to day mundanity of the work week, but to appease Ender the Dragon who emailed us earlier with a message:

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(Seems Like) A Long Time

This is David Oliver. Once upon a time he was part of a quality cluster of young forwards in the Edmonton Oilers system. Is the current group as good–or better–than the Weight-Arnott-Smyth cluster?