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INSTIGATOR RULE: THE PLAYERS WANT IT

I’ve long assumed NHL players would rather do away with the instigator rule that was put in place in 1992 and police on-ice disputes and cheap shots the good, old-fashioned way — with fisticuffs. How wrong I was.

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Things to do at the All-Star Break

I hate the All-Star break. It doesn’t count in the standings, there’s a long layoff between actual games and at my age any alteration in schedule makes me grumpy. Fortunately, there are some things to do, some of them involving good old hockey. 

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Learning From The Horcoff Contract

Let’s get something straight off the top: this is not a post to rehash how awful Shawn Horcoff’s contract is, or to revisit the same tired battles that get fought every time someone mentions his name. In retrospect, however, it’s pretty clear that the Oilers made a mistake paying Horcoff like he was going to…

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Strong Debut Seasons

I love old time photos. This one features the great Gordie Howe in the middle, a young Bryan "Bugsy" Watson (who would one day coach our beloved Oilers) on the right and young Ray Cullen on the left. This photo is from 1966-68. One of the best things about following a team is watching the young players…

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Shawn Horcoff, You Lucky/Unlucky Dog

Shawn Horcoff’s ugly minus-29 rating last season did not go over well with fans of the Edmonton Oilers. The veteran centre, inked to a long-term big-dollars pact, was in the richest year of that deal. The expectation was that he provide both offence and defence, but in a season where his point totals fell off…

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AT RANDOM: STORTINI GETS RYPED

I’ve got to admit I was a surprised by the venom spewed in the direction of Zack Stortini on blogs and call-in shows in the wake of his fight with Krys Barch in Dallas Wednesday.

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Paajarvi Should Have Been Held Back A Year

This fall, some argued that the Oilers were making a mistake inserting all three of their blue-chip forward prospects into the line-up at the same time. The player I suggested should have been given another year of seasoning at a lower professional level was Magnus Paajarvi, and given what we’ve seen so far this season…

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GRETZMAS: 50

On a day that will eventually become a National Holiday in Canada – we celebrate Gretzmas as invented by Citizen Charlie F of Lethbridge and his crew of Oilers Fans.

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Hockey 5-0

Happy 50th to the kid in this photo. And thanks. For everything. I wouldn’t have believed it unless I was there to see it.

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HEMSKY OUT, EBERLE OUT

This is Dick Pole – an actual pitcher for the Bo Sox in the 1970s. Hopefully you are having a good laugh at ol’ Dickie Pole’s expense right now because there is other – less funny – news to pass along. Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle are both bowing out of the All Star Game on…