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NIGHTS WITH NAIL, VOLUME ONE

The game was framed as a chance to recover from a disastrous outing against San Jose, which featured a 6-1 first period for the Sharks in the lid lifter at Rexall. The game against LA featured everything–addled calls from the zebra’s, screw jobs from the zebra’s, astouding stupidity and breathtaking brilliance. Mike Johnson told the…

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THE “C”: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Based on the emotion, conversation and amount of articles I’ve seen since Wanye wrote Sam Gagner will be the Edmonton’s 14th Captain; it is obvious hockey fans are getting restless. The season unofficially begins next week with rookie camp, while thankfully main camp is less than two weeks away, so the focus can go back…

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The Captaincy: There’s No Rush

Thanks to our own Wanye Gretz, everybody’s talking about who the Edmonton Oilers’ next captain should be. Should it be one of the team’s young stars? Should it be Sam Gagner? Should it be a veteran like Andrew Ference? I can’t help thinking there’s no rush to make a decision.

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A DOWN YEAR FOR FRESHMAN?

After an exceptional three season run of impact rookies on their way to being impact NHLers, the cupboard is decidedly bare for Oiler rookies this season. Or is it?

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Taylor Hall, Olympian

No less an authority than the TSN panel has predicted that the Edmonton Oilers best player, Taylor Hall, will be sitting at home watching the Olympic games rather than representing Canada in Sochi. Here’s why they’re wrong.

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SAM GAGNER TO BE NAMED C14

Now many moons ago back in 2009 your ol’ pal Wanye tripped over some news at the bottle depot when we found out that Mike Comrie was coming back to the Oilers for a second tour of duty.  Everyone under the sun called us a liar, a dreamer or worse but history ultimately proved us correct….

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THE WAY I SEE IT: KUDOS FOR OMARK

When reality hits, it can produce equal but opposite reactions, and that’s what we’ve seen these past two weeks with the departure of Toni Rajala to Europe and the signing of Linus Omark to a one-year, two-way deal by the Edmonton Oilers today.

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DEVELOPING MORE SKILL…

Developing skill is one of the main objectives in hockey, and it should be the second most important factor for minor hockey associations. Ensuring the kids are having fun should be the first objective of every minor hockey parent, coach and association. Before we get to the Oilers signing of Linus Omark, let’s look at…

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NEW NATIONGEAR ON SALE

  The summer of 2013 is starting to start to wind down. The mornings are getting a bit chilly, it’s raining cats and dogs. For some this is a reason to wring one’s hands and cry aloud "WHY SUMMER WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?" For us hockey fans, we have a secret smile in our…

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Crossroads

Devan Dubnyk is in the final season of his two-year, $3.5 million/season contract. So far this summer, there has been no word on extension talks, meaning either that the Oilers are doing a masterful job of concealing their intentions or that they aren’t entirely sure that Dubnyk will be the team’s starter a year from…