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TCB OKC

The dictionary describes ‘defunct’ as “no longer existing or functioning” but I think “forever is a long damn time” should be added for full effect. The Oklahoma City Barons are defunct, a memory, soon to be a distant bell. Putting five years of effort and development into a few paragraphs is impossible, so I won’t…

PERFECT FIT?

<br> Among the possible matches for the Edmonton Oilers’ laundry list of problems are the Ottawa Senators. A team that made the playoffs, has three good goalies, runs on a budget, and has some horrible contracts. Oh, and their GM isn’t going to buy anyone out. It’s too good to be true. Or is it?

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WAR GAMES: EDMONTON OILERS VS. NEW YORK RANGERS

In our continuing effort to bring you entertaining content in the time period that shall forever be known as “is it McDavid yet?” it is our pleasure to bring you another edition of War Games. In this episode, I play Glen Sather of the New York Rangers (similar in age) and Jonathan Willis takes on…

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Is Adam McQuaid a good place to spend $2.5 million?

Adam McQuaid is a big, tough, right-shooting defenceman with ties to Peter Chiarelli from their time together in Boston. He will be an unrestricted free agent and has gotten some love in the comments section here as a potential addition for the Oilers. For those hoping to see the defenceman make the trip to Edmonton,…

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Part two, if you will, with Taylor Hall

I interviewed Taylor Hall for a feature piece that ran in the Edmonton Journal yesterday. I wasn’t able to include all of his thoughts in one article. I had to leave out some good comments, but I wanted to share the remainder of our conversation. Today, Hall shares some more insight into Todd McLellan as a coach, but I…

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Marco Roy: Sometimes It Just Doesn’t Work Out

With Anton Slepyshev signing his ELC, Bogdan Yakimov already having a year in the AHL under his belt, and Darnell Nurse looking everything like the stud the team believed him to be on the day they selected him, the 2013 Draft is looking like a success story. Everything is breaking their way. Everything except Marco Roy.

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The Roundup

David Booth’s interesting stretch routine, Mike Babcock’s assistants, Canucks wanting to fix blueline, David Clarkson versus Matt Beleskey, Flames trade targets, teams in Cap trouble, Leon Draisaitl, Peter Chiarelli, free agency, the NHL draft and more in this week’s Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

COMBINE LIST IMPORTANT TELL

The Edmonton Oilers had an unusual draft in 2014, but things should be back to normal this coming season. The club chose four or more players who attended the NHL combine from 2010 through 2013, but only one in 2014. With so many picks this season, Oilers fans would do well to scan the names…

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Taking Advantage of Cap Hell: Tampa Bay Lightning Edition

This is going to be a difficult summer for many teams thanks to a salary cap which has risen by less than expected early in the year. For a team like the Edmonton Oilers, there’s a chance to land talent from a team in cap trouble. Taking Advantage of Cap Hell is dedicated to looking…

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Chiarelli and RFAs

The next month will give us some insight into Peter Chiarelli’s strategy on how he plans to build the Oilers organization into a contender. Not just the NHL team, but the overall organizational depth. How will he fill out the 50-man roster?

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WWYDW: How much money should the Oilers spend in net?

In recent weeks on this site, we’ve turned significant attention to the Edmonton Oilers’ salary cap situation, which while reasonable hardly provides the team with unlimited flexibility. Some of that money will be used to bolster the club’s inadequate netminding. The question in this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday is how much of the Oilers’ finite…