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The Edmonton Oilers got away with a bad gamble on Jonas Gustavsson

2016-17 Edmonton Oilers: No. 50 G Jonas Gustavsson The career of Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli makes it clear that he considers the backup goalie position a place where he can save some cap space. It’s an approach that has worked fairly well for him over the years. In Boston players such as Anton Khudobin,…

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Monday Musings: Money Talks

Much of the NHL off-season discussion focuses on contracts. Leon Draisaitl is the only Oilers player in need of a new deal. He’ll eventually sign, but we are all curious to see for how long and how much. Ideally, both sides will reach an agreement before the preseason is over, so Draisaitl isn’t playing from behind…

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Monday Mailbag – How many games should Brossoit play?

It’s that wonderful time of the week again. The time when you have all the questions you’ve always wanted to know about the NHL and life answered by our panel of life coaches bloggers. I like to think of us as a much cheaper alternative to a college education. As always, this feature depends on you guys…

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The boys were rocking out at Jordan Eberle’s wedding

Former Edmonton Oiler, Jordan Eberle (still weird to say), got married this weekend and a bunch of the boys were in attendance, ripping up the stage and having a good time. Congrats Jordan Eberle on getting married this weekend! Which Oiler do you think has the best singing voice? We vote Pat Maroon. #onceanoileralwaysanoiler #oilers…

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Where have you gone, Ivan Barbeshev?

The Edmonton Oilers signed Ty Rattie in July, along with Mitch Callahan, Brian Ferlin and others. One of the reasons Peter Chiarelli focused in on AHL forwards who might be able to take on NHL time is the obvious lack of AHL skill forwards in their entry-level deals. Although the Oilers have some exceptional F…

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Grayson Downing and the AHL rule

The Edmonton Oilers signed center Grayson Downing early in free agency (July 1). The entire group of UFA’s signed by Edmonton that day were mostly AHL types who will populate the Bakersfield roster and serve as possible NHL recalls. One of the ways we can suss out the actual value of these free agent are…

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Ethan Bear is ready to make the jump to pro hockey

Ethan Bear is one of the Oilers’ defensive prospects that everyone has been keeping their eye on since he being drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft. The Nation has high hopes for the young righty and, according to the interview he gave to NHL.com, he is putting just as much pressure on…

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Nuge: Odds favor Arizona

If Peter Chiarelli stays true to form, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be traded the week of June 24-30, 2018. How do I know this? Following the rule of ‘Steve Austin exits’ it only makes sense: June 29, 2016: Traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson. June 22, 2017: Traded Jordan Eberle to NY…

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The inaugural Oilersnation Open presented by ATB Financial

For as long as I’ve worked here people have asked me why Oilersnation doesn’t have its own golf tournament, and today I’m finally able to tell you that it’s time to pull out your clubs because we’re hitting the links. My friends, I’m proud to announce the first ever Oilersnation Open presented by ATB Financial…

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At Random: The Wildcard

There’s not much doubt that GM Pete Chiarelli built more depth into the 2016-17 edition of the Edmonton Oilers than they’ve had in previous seasons. It’s just as obvious that depth wasn’t tested by injuries like it had been during a decade out of the playoffs. Not even close, especially at the top of the…

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Will the Oilers miss Eberle’s goals?

Jordan Eberle is a productive goal scorer. It doesn’t matter if you like his style of play or not, the fact is he can score. He produced 165 goals in his time with the Oilers, 24th most in NHL since the 2010/2011 season. That is excellent production. Eberle only scored 20 goals this past season,…