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SO WHAT?

There was a time in this fair land when the Edmonton Oilers could find useful defensemen at midnight in a snowstorm. Toronto gave up on Jason Smith at the exact wrong time, Atlanta flushed Steve Staois and he was immediately effective, the club dealt for Jan Hejda and he established himself as an NHL defender….

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RX2 LOOKS SICK IN IMAGINARY LAND

  Pictures of the a new design for the proposed Downtown Edmonton Arena have hit the interwebs and they can only be described as :"hurry the hell up" and "is it done yet?"

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WHAT IS THE HOLD UP?

As Oiler fans patiently wait to see which direction their beloved hockey team is going in, I wonder why the delay in announcing plans for the management and coaches? All the arrows are pointing to Steve Tambellini staying on as GM. He represented the Oilers at the draft lottery, he flew to Sweden to chat…

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Red Wings G.M. Ken Holland on Development

Ken Holland became the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 1997. Thirteen Stanley Cups have been awarded since then; his Red Wings have more than anyone else with three. He’s managed to keep a team that was old when he inherited it competitive. He’s also managed – despite picks being…

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LOWE: ON LEADERSHIP, HIERARCHY AND THE LOTTERY

Last week I caught up with Kevin Lowe and got his thoughts on being GM at the World Championships, picking Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, winning the lottery, the right time for the kids to become leaders and the hierarchy of the Oilers.

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COMPLETING THE FAB FOUR

Since winning the lottery and the right to pick 1st overall in the 2012 draft, most fans and pundits have assumed that the club will pick young Russian Nail Yakupov. Makes sense. He’s the most talented offensive player in the draft. But does that mean they’ll take him? Is there a chance the Oilers trade…

Anton Lander: Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle

Anton Lander made the jump directly from the Swedish Elite League to the National Hockey League this season. He did some good things – including a role on the penalty kill as one of the Oilers’ third set of forwards. Should he break training camp with the Oilers next season?

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JORDAN EBERLE: A HOCKEY BRAIN

In a game that lends itself to a pre-occupation with size, intimidation and brawn, Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers serves as a reminder hockey IQ and the ability to think the game matters.

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WEEKEND WRAP

The second Jarret Stoll’s snapshot whistled over Cory Schneider’s shoulder ending the Canucks season, many Oiler fans were instantly tweeting, faceboooking and blogging how great it felt to see the Canucks out. Vancouver is a main rival, and arguably the most hated one, but Oiler fans should also realize that even when this never-ending rebuild…