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NATION PLAYOFF POOL UPDATE #7

We are, at most, 6 games away from the end of the season and that means the playoff pool is winding down to what looks to be an exciting finish.  Even though I know how much you guys look forward to the weekly updates, the good times can’t go on forever. The Stanley Cup Finals…

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SAIL ON DOWN THE LINE

I listened to the Craig MacTavish postseason exit interview again the other day. In the midst of hundreds of “relentless” and “consistent messaging” and “value system” references, four names came through loud and clear: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz. Are those the names you would choose? Doesn’t matter. The four horsemen of…

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Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole sitdown with DailyFaceoff

Editor note: In case you missed it (because we did) our friends at DailyFaceoff interviewed Jay and Dan a couple weeks ago. DailyFaceoff is based out of Canada, so naturally we tune in to TSN and other Canadian media outlets, and for our Canadian viewers, I know you love Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. They…

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Let Him Go

There aren’t a lot of players in the NHL I enjoy watching more than Ales Hemsky. He’s a sublime talent who can do magic things with the puck, and as he showed following his trade to Ottawa he still has plenty left in the tank. He was a good soldier in Edmonton – he accepted…

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The First Pick of the Fourth Round

The Oilers’ second pick at the 2014 NHL Draft – barring trades, which we’re doubtless going to see – will be at the very start of the fourth round. What kind of player might they be looking at there?

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FAYNE IN VAIN

<br> The great thing about Oiler fans is that we all have ideas about how to solve the team’s problems. Take the defense—please! The online endorsements for various NHL defensemen to come in and save the day is long and varied, and I wondered how many could reasonably be considered a viable option. Here we…

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Monday Mailbag – June 2

You’ve always wanted to know about the inner workings of the NHL and the Nation so the mailbag is here to tell you how it’s done. As always, you guys are the star of the mailbag. If you have a question, you can email it to me at [email protected] or hit me up on Twitter…

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OATES: “My mindset is I want to be a head coach.”

Adam Oates was fired after only two seasons in Washington. His Capitals had the 8th most points in the shortened 2013 season, but missed the playoffs by three points this year. The Capitals cleaned house firing Oates and longtime GM, George McPhee. Oates is currently working on the CBC panel during the playoffs, and I…

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THE SCHULTZ AND PETRY CONTRACTS

This summer will see a lot of turnover on defense—we’re seeing a mass exit already, and now await the new arrivals. Two players who are facing a key summer are RH blue Justin Schultz and Jeff Petry. Those right-handed defensemen don’t grow on trees and there aren’t a bunch who can play 21 minutes a…