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EARLY RETURNS: USE PENCIL

As long as the off-seasons have been around here the last seven years and first impressions carrying the weight they tend to do, it’s easy to understand how Saturday’s split squad games against the Calgary Flames have fans of the Edmonton Oilers talking today.

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PRE-SEASON UNDERWAY: OILERS LOSE TO FLAMES AT REXALL

The Edmonton Oilers (the Rexall version) scored early and often but didn’t play a full 60 minutes. The result? A shootout loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames. The split squads in each city ended up playing spoiler for the home fans, but the most important item–finding the 23 men for the final roster–came…