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LADDY SMID: GET THE INK DONE

Anybody who has watched Ladislav Smid play for the Edmonton Oilers for more than five minutes or so knows exactly what he is: a physically robust stay-at-home defenseman who will block shots and take the body and won’t contribute much in the way of offense.

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Shootout Mentality

My coworker from the team 1260, Dustin Nielson is down in the Oilers dressing room after every Oilers game. He finds out how the guys are feeling right after the game. After the loss in the shootout to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday I shot him the following text….

NATION PROFILE: DOUG WEIGHT

The Oilers post-1990 have been long on promise and short on delivery. The career of Doug Weight as an Oiler shines like a diamond to this day. He was a valued member of the team from the day he arrived, and the years that have passed since he left Edmonton cannot distance our memory of…

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How much Khabibulin?

Head coach Ralph Krueger revealed last night that Nikolai Khabibulin is nearly back at 100 percent, making the veteran goaltender an option to get starts in net. How much should the Oilers use Khabibulin?

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MOROZ MIRAGE?

At last summer’s draft, the Edmonton Oilers made a somewhat controversial selection early in round 2. Mitchell Moroz–20 fighting majors, excellent size, speed and enough toughness to give smaller, less skilled linemates room to create. Moroz’ scouting report was manna from heaven for the Edmonton Oilers, and they jumped at the opportunity to select him….

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Three points out

The Edmonton Oilers played what might have been there most important game in three seasons on Wednesday night. A hot run, and some help in other cities had put them in a position to tie for the final playoff spot in the West. Their shootout loss to San Jose means that they’re now three points…

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GDB 29.0: SHARK HUNTING…UPDATE RNH OUT

Breaking News: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is sick and will not play tonight…Rishaug just reported from the rink. So Oilers will have to dress two non-centres tonight. Ouch. After a gutsy third period got them a win over Nashville on Sunday, the Oilers need to attack the struggling San Jose Sharks early tonight and get them on…

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Irresponsible speculation: Cody McCormick for Ben Eager?

The Edmonton Oilers would doubtless like to rid themselves of Ben Eager’s contract. The recently waived forward is due $1.2 million next season ($1.1 million cap hit) and given his recent demotion to Oklahoma City, he’s not going to be worth that to the Oilers. The Buffalo Sabres are in a similar position with Cody…

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PLAYOFF CONTENTION: EYES ON THE PRIZE

The misery fans have endured since the Edmonton Oilers lost Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final to the Carolina Hurricanes has included seeing their team hopelessly out of playoff contention more often than not by the time the first day of spring rolls around.

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The Rebound Game

Everything was going pretty well for Jeff Petry. After a slow start his defensive game was rounding into form and he had found the offensive part of his game. He was playing about twenty minutes most nights, a solid twenty minutes. He was getting back into the groove that made Oiler fans hope he was…