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Oilers win the Justin Schultz Auction

    It was a long, hype-filled road, but the highly regarded defensive prospect Justin Schultz has finally decided which team he will play for next year. And that team is the Edmonton Oilers.

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HARD SELL: 99 REASONS

We won’t know until later today at the earliest if the Edmonton Oilers have convinced Justin Schultz this is the place to begin his NHL career, but with word Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey were part of the pitch, we know the Oilers have thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, at the kid trying to…

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JUSTINOPOLIS?

"Justin" has been kicking ass and taking names all the way back to 518. That’s a lot of hair.

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Jay Grossman talks about the Khabibulin contract

There’s a piece on the Oilers’ official website today featuring a discussion with player agent Jay Grossman. Grossman talks about the Oilers as a free agent destination, and also about the circumstances surrounding the original signing of Nikolai Khabibulin. He has some interesting things to say.

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BOXCARS WO TOI=??????

As a long time observer of the Edmonton Oilers at the draft table, it took me a few days to figure out what the club did last weekend. It was not business as usual for Stu MacGregor and his staff. What did they do? Does it make sense?

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The UFA Market For Defensemen: It’s Going To Get Ugly

Photo by Sean Russell, via Wikimedia Commons We’ve considered the weak free agent market for defensemen a few times now. Teams looking for a defenseman under the age of 30 who played 20+ minutes per game last season now have exactly three choices: Ryan Suter, Jason Garrison and Matt Carle. That’s the entire list. The…

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Ralph Krueger: In The Driver’s Seat

Unlike a lot of assistant/associate coach promotions, we’ve had a chance to see what a Ralph Krueger run bench looks like. During his time filling in for Tom Renney, how did he arrange his forward lines and how did he use them?

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LARAQUE PULLS NO PUNCHES

We’ve all heard, and some have experienced, the saying, “Hell hath no worry like a woman scorned.” I’ve done many dumb things in my life, but thankfully I’ve never had to endure the wrath of a scorned woman. Women have a long memory and I’m sure those who are scorned need to be taken seriously,…

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM KRUEGER

After a lengthy two month process the Oilers officially announced that Ralph Krueger would be the 11th head coach in Oiler history. Krueger has over 20 years of coaching experience, but he’s a rookie NHL head coach. Will that matter? Time will tell, but the young Oiler players are fans of Krueger. I don’t mind the…

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SHOW US SOMETHING, STEVE

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has taken care of several significant housekeeping items already this off-season, but what he does between now and the start of training camp, starting with free agency July 1, will be what defines his body of work this summer.