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2014 STAR SELECTION

Yesterday we collectively looked into the abyss and decided who our Goats were going to be for the 2014-15 season. It’s a grim experience deciding who is going to be the fall guy for the inevitable woes in the season ahead. Should you make a mistake and name someone who has a good season your…

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Dark horse defenceman Brad Hunt is a man to watch in camp

Brad Hunt has flown under the radar as a candidate for the Edmonton Oilers’ blue line. To a degree, that makes sense: there are a bunch of high draft picks and guys with one-way contracts in the running to make the team, and the guy who stands 5’9” and never even got drafted doesn’t stand…

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PROCUREMENT

If everything breaks right the Edmonton Oilers will sign Vladimir Tkachev to a contract later this week. I believe it’s a quality move, a real innovation—no matter the outcome of the player’s career. Why? NHL teams only have so many ways to procure useful talent, and badly need to exercise all of them. Oilers history…

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2014 GOAT SELECTION

With every single second the 2014-15 NHL season draws closer. For NHL players this means coming to camp in shape, ready for another season of heart pounding exercise. For fans of NHL teams this means coming to camp in no shape whatsoever ready for another season of heart damaging couch potatoing. It also means it’s time…

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Monday Musings…

The Oilers took their CBA-mandated one day off a week today, and they will be back on the ice tomorrow in Leduc. The players will get to enjoy Dallas Eakins’ on-ice beep test. “It’s brutal,” said a few players last week, but this year the test will be done at the end of practice not…

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LEON DRAISAITL: AS ADVERTISED

#451340628 / gettyimages.com It’s way too early into our introduction to Leon Draisaitl to arrive at any conclusions as to what he’ll be as a finished product, but with what we’ve seen of him so far at training camp with the Edmonton Oilers, it’s probably safe to say he comes as advertised. This is a…

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Monday Mailbag – September 22

As far as I’m concerned, you’ve worked about as much as is necessary for today – it’s time to take a break and learn something.  To make the mailbag work I need your questions.  If you have something you’d like to ask our writers, email me at [email protected]  Enjoy wasting company time, dear friends.

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GDB -8.0 & -7.0

For the past two seasons the Battle of Alberta has been the Battle of Basement, with the Oilers narrowly bettering the Flames in 2013, and Calgary finishing ahead last year. It feels like forever since these franchises have been simultaneously competitive, but despite their lack of on-ice success fans in both cities still despise their provincial rival….

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“Pending restricted free agent Taylor Hall”

By now, the Edmonton Oilers getting slammed for their willingness to pay young players early is a bit of a tradition. It goes back to Brian Burke complaining about the Penner offer sheet and it basically hasn’t stopped since.  The counterargument is that phrase in the title. If Edmonton had signed its kids to the…

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Dallas Eakins has “a real comfort level” with Mark Arcobello

Sometimes NHL teams make lineup decisions for reasons other than a pure assessment of each individual’s merit, and on Friday Dallas Eakins admitted that Mark Arcobello – who is favoured to win a spot in the team’s top-nine out of training camp – likely deserved a better shot than he was given a year ago.