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GDB 50.0: Crushing the Dreams of the Calgary Flames

Todd Nelson is, as everyone knows, coaching for his life in the NHL; opportunities to run an NHL bench don’t come along very often and if he can get the Oilers pointed in the right direction he has a very good chance of finding himself at the helm of the team for Game 1 of…

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It’s a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division. Well, those writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards until something spilled out, and…

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DESTINATION PETRY: THE DETROIT RED WINGS

We’re one month away from the NHL trade deadline and the deals are picking up in pace. The Edmonton Oilers have made only one deal—a major one, David Perron to Pittsburgh—and will make at least one more (or so it seems) before time expires March 2nd. Jeff Petry is leaving town.

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STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD

The Edmonton Oilers are leaving Oklahoma territory at the end of this season, heading to California in a modern re-telling of the Steinbeck novel. As with all things, the idea is to find a better place and in this case there are some benefits for team, players and possibly fans. Let’s have a look.

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STOP REWARDING FAILURE

Why should the NHL continue to reward the Edmonton Oilers for on-ice failure and organizational ineptitude by giving them a better chance to select the cream of the crop at the Entry Draft while more successful teams line up behind and wait their turn? It shouldn’t.

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A NATIONGEAR REMIX: HOT AND FRESH OUT THE KITCHEN

What have we been doing during another miserable Oilers season?  Anything we can to distract ourselves from the heartbreak of being an Oilers fan.  Sometimes those distractions are even productive!  Sometimes those distractions turn into fresh gear that will surely take the world over in one fell swoop! 

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Anton Lander, back from the dead?

Don’t look now, but Anton Lander’s making a late run at an NHL career. Like the protagonist of dozens of different Westerns, he’s been beat up, shot, and left for dead in the middle of the desert, but incredibly it appears the flame of life has not quite been extinguished.

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The Roundup

Trade speculation begins, Canucks better without Bieksa, Stamkos to Toronto, Ryan O’Reilly watch, Phaneuf an Oiler, size in the NHL matters, fantasy hockey and more in this week’s Roundup.

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GDB 49.0: The McDavid Bowl

Tonight’s matchup vs. the Buffalo Sabres pits the 30th (Sabres) and 29th (Oilers) place teams in the NHL. Many are calling it the McDavid Bowl, but players in both dressing rooms are not nearly as excited about that as fans in Edmonton or Buffalo. Neither teams wants to be in this situation, and no self-respecting…

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The moment of opportunity to trade Jordan Eberle has passed

The Edmonton Oilers may or may not decide to trade Jordan Eberle this summer in a bid to improve at another position. The question is whether it’s even worthwhile at this point; given Eberle’s contract and modest scoring totals over the last three years he’ll certainly still have some value but his stock has dropped…