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MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS

As another season to forget winds down, there are more questions than answers, once again, surrounding the Oilers. How many will be answered in the off-season, and how many will the individual players elect to try and rectify?

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Mark Arcobello re-signs with the Oilers

Well, how about that. On Monday, the Oilers passed on the (positive) news that Mark Arcobello, who had been bound for Group VI unrestricted free agency, had re-signed with the team. According to the Oilers’ official press release, Arcobello’s new deal is a one-year extension. 

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Monday Mailbag – March 31st

Every Monday we’ll be taking your questions and tossing them out to our writers to give their point of view.  Whether you’re looking for a stats angle or player perspective from guys that have played in the show, we’ve got you covered. To ask a question, email me at baggedmilk@oilersnation.com and I’ll add it to…

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LEON

The Edmonton Oilers may have a decision to make after all at this year’s entry draft. Aaron Ekblad may still be their choice, but a big German center who plays for Prince Albert is going to make the decision difficult.

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APRIL FOOLS: SEVEN TO GO

If there’s a silver-lining to the 5-0 speed-bagging the Edmonton Oilers took from the New York Rangers at Rexall Place Sunday, it’s that coach Dallas Eakins and his team have just seven games remaining in their dumpster fire of a season and only four of those are at home.

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JUSTIN SCHULTZ: FRAMING THE ISSUE

The Edmonton Oilers love Justin Schultz. It’s obvious, made clear in all kinds of ways. The main one has to do with time on ice—Schultz has played more minutes this season than all but 50 NHL defensemen. Schultz has not delivered enough in those situations. What will the Oilers do?

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GDB 75.0: Walking Wounded

The Edmonton Oilers held an optional skate at practice yesterday. Skaters participating were four fringe major league defenceman, enforcer Luke Gazdic, and injured winger Nail Yakupov. It was, as the coach admitted afterward, a pretty good indication of the health of the team. And baby, they already weren’t that strong.

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Lose the Battles but Win the War

I am always amazed how sometimes hockey makes no sense. The Oilers win on Friday night must be driving the Ducks coaches and players over the edge. Other than two areas, the Ducks played a very strong game. Usually against a weaker team two areas don’t make a big difference.

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Tyler Pitlick Injured. Film at 11.

A lot of times it sounds like a cop-out, but the simple truth is that for a lot of failed prospects injury is a significant factor. Tyler Pitlick isn’t yet one of those failures, but ‘injury’ looks like the single most prominent obstacle between him and the NHL right now.

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HOW MANY CAN THEY KEEP?

It was not so long ago that Jeff Petry (in photo) was playing in Oklahoma City and the Oilers were hoping Taylor Chorney and Theo Peckham would develop. Now, Petry is in the NHL, and 200+ games into his career. Chorney and Peckham are down the line. The Oilers have a large number of defensemen…