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Martin Gernat, training camp surprise?

Training camp surprises are difficult to predict – “surprise” by definition requiring something unexpected. But they tend to have some things in common, and Martin Gernat is a guy with some of the ingredients.

NHL Expanding by four teams?!? Maybe, apparently.

#451341526 / gettyimages.com I knew something was up when we recorded a new podcast last night and there was no major NHL news to report. Usually when that happens something goes kablooey the second we upload it. Low and behold, apparently the NHL is close to expanding by four teams, including another one in Toronto,…

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Photoshop Contest – Oil Changed

Has it actually been 3 months since we’ve had a photoshop contest? Well then that is something we shall have to remedy, isn’t it?  As such, I’ve dug around in Wanye’s desk, raided the Nation warehouse, begged a few sponsors, gathered some goodies, and we’re all set to go.  With the prizes set, and an idea in mind,…

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Anton Lander: The Forgotten Man

The summer conversation about the possible solutions to Edmonton’s problematic centre depth chart has for the most part passed over Anton Lander. There’s a simple reason for that. He’s played 94 NHL games and scored two goals. But it would also be a mistake to write him off completely.

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ROOKIE CAMP 2010 BEST EVER?

It was September 2010, and Edmonton Oilers fans were happily unaware of what the future would hold. That September, the Oilers sent 29 men to Penticton as part of their rookie roster. It was easily the best group of prospects this century, and one of the best in team history

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

No matter how you spin it, Sam Gagner had a putrid season with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013-14 with a career-low 37 points before being shown the door – to the delight of many – and ending up with the Arizona Coyotes via a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Monday Mailbag – August 25th

Here comes your weekly chance to skip out on doing anything work related on Monday mornings – it’s the mailbag. As always, you guys drive this segment, and I need your questions to make it work.  If you’ve got a question you can email it to me at [email protected]  Sit back, grab a coffee, and…

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Random refreshed thoughts…

Fresh off a two-week holiday, with the dog days of August behind us and rookie camps and main camps just around the corner, I feel energized and excited as we enter one of the best stretches in the sporting calendar.

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The Subban Comp

A little over a week ago, we learned from Jim Matheson that Justin Schultz’s camp was looking to the P.K. Subban bridge deal as a possible comparable in conversations with the Oilers, but that an average annual value starting with a “2” wasn’t something that had much appeal to them. A few days after that,…

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THE EYES HAVE IT

The Edmonton Oilers played a crazy and entertaining game of musical chairs with NHL goaltenders last season. From afar, I’m sure it looked a little nutty—the difference in established level of ability between Devan Dubnyk and Ben Scrivens is not great—but for Oiler fans it all made sense. In this way, it may be the…

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CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

If your favorite NHL team drafted a defenseman in the second round for ten seasons in a row, would they graduate three of them? Two? The dice have no memory, but Scott Cullen’s work at TSN suggests there is a 28% chance a second round selection plays 100 or more NHL games. The Edmonton Oilers…

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SLEDGE. HAMMER!

Boyd Gordon had severe own-zone starts one year ago, and that’s unlikely to change in the coming season. The Edmonton Oilers will use Gordon as a defensive zone security blanket and a penalty-killing machine. How will they use Nuge? Arco? Leon? Let’s have a look.