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GDB 26.0: HOME ICE ADVANTAGE – Oilers look to regroup

The Oilers are 3-5-2 in their last ten, and only Vancouver (2-5-3) and Carolino (2-4-4), who defeated the Oilers, had eight points or less in the same stretch. The Oilers are coming off a bad performance versus the Toronto Maple Leafs two days ago, and head coach Todd McLellan simply wants a better effort. He…

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Todd McLellan on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: “I believe in him 100%”

Todd McLellan had a superb pre-game press conference on Wednesday morning. In it, he was nuanced and thoughtful. He explained the difference between patience and acceptance and he ran through how the coaching staff helps an offensive player rediscover his offence. Oh, and he defended Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. To the hilt.

Once You Trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, He’s No Longer On Your Team

View image | gettyimages.com One of my all-time favourite sports quotes was actually coined by a current Edmonton Oilers employee, and it went something to the effect of “people realize that once you trade Evgeni Malkin, you no longer have Evgeni Malkin on your team, right?” It’s obviously an overly simplified point, but that’s by design. It’s…