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GDB 42.0: GOODBYE 2013…

2013 has not been a good year for the Oilers. They won 32 of 89 games going 32-46-11, and only Florida (71) and Buffalo (74) compiled fewer points than the Oilers’ 75. It was not a banner calendar year for the Oilers, and tonight they will try to end a disturbing trend vs. one of…

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EVERY CHANGE MATTERS…

The past eight Oilers seasons have been painful for everyone involved. The players are sick of losing, management and the five head coaches are tired of it, the fans have to give each other a pep talk before every game just to keep watching and even the media is tired of covering the constant losing….

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Filling an Oilers Need

As I have watched the Oilers this season the areas of weakness for this club have been obvious. They are not built to compete with big teams that like to play heavy in the corners and in front of the net. The defense is full of players suited for second and third pairing roles. Players…

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MOROZ SIGNS

The key for any organization is procurement, and for NHL teams most of that comes from the annual Entry draft. The Oilers signed Mitchell Moroz to an entry level deal yesterday, confirming the young man has developed enough since draft day to warrant three years of commitment from the organization. How much has he progressed?

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The First 41: Halfway Where?

So, are the Edmonton Oilers actually as lousy as their record at the halfway point of their schedule or have they under-achieved through their first 41 games? While I didn’t see the Oilers as Western Conference playoff contenders this season, I’m leaning heavily toward the latter when I look at a team that is an…

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GDB 41: FLYERS V OILERS, BRYZ GETS PAID!

In a season where we’ve seen Oiler goalies do the regrettable, the impossible awaits. After Devan Dubnyk posted the first Oiler shutout in Shametown ever, Ilya Bryzgalov has a chance to play his old team—the Philadelphia Flyers!

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AMBULANCE BLUES 2

The young center pursued the puck carrier and disrupted the breakout, as the Flames power play clock ticked down. One sortie after another was disrupted, as Baby Nuge singlehandedly impacted tonight’s game in a positive way. As I was watching 93 on the penalty-kill,  I was reminded of the great Dave Keon, who 40 years…

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GDB: OMG BOA

 pic via: PremierofAlberta It is a great time of year to be a hockey fan. As is boxing day tradition, I am sure many of us set our cell-phones for a painfully early wake-up on boxing day to take in the most hallowed of holiday traditions, the Spengler Cup. As I am sure you all…

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NHL EQUIVALENCIES AT CHRISTMAS (VOL 2)

In our second look at NHL equivalencies during the Christmas season, we’re off to Oklahoma City in order to find some signs of offense. A youngster like Travis Ewanyk (in photo) is playing 4line minutes, are there any signs he can play someday in the NHL? Let’s have a look.

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OILERS FAN GUIDE TO WJ’S

For Edmonton Oiler fans, this is going to be an unusual World Junior championships. Over the last several years Edmonton draft picks have been front and center at the annual prospect tournament, but this year there are only two—Russians Bogdan Yakimov (in photo) and Anton Slepyshev. Is there anything worth watching? Or course!