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Who did the pizza better?

We have to talk about the old-school Mike Grier hockey card that popped up on the Internet this week of him clearly holding a 10/10 pepperoni pizza. If you grew up in the 90s and collected hockey cards, you’ve probably already seen this one. I think it might be one of the greatest hockey cards of…

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Is There Room for One More College Free Agent?

Last spring and summer, Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had a procurement problem. With Leon Draisaitl signed right after the 2014 draft, he was looking at crickets when it came to signing anyone else from the 2014 draft haul. One of the ways Chiarelli dealt with the problem came in signing college free agents. Drake…

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What is best way to evaluate NHL players?

Statistical evaluation of players has always been the cause for great debates. It is impossible to find one evaluation metric which would appease the entire hockey world. Wayne Gretzky (2857) has 943 more career points than the second highest scorer, Jaromir Jagr (1914), yet some people still believe there were better players. Hockey players, management,…

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Good Health…

The Edmonton Oilers’ good health was crucial in their improvement up the standings. Edmonton’s top-six forwards played every game. except for Patrick Maroon missing the last game of the season. On defence, Kris Russell was the only regular top-four guy to miss significant time, and he was their most replaceable top four option. The Oilers…

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Monday Mailbag – Bridge deal or max term for Leon Draisaitl?

Another Monday has arrived to ruin your practice retirement and that means it’s time to waste company time until next weekend rolls around. With that in mind, the mailbag is here to help you kill off a few minutes of your day and maybe, just maybe, help you learn a little something. If you’d like to…

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Let me say this about that…

On the record and off, former Edmonton Oilers’ tough guy Georges Laraque has never been shy about saying what he thinks. On the bus. In the dressing room. These days, on the air as a radio host in Montreal. Georges has always been good for an unfiltered take, a laugh, a juicy quote or an…

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Where to play Strome?

As I see it, there are three natural spots in the batting order for Ryan Strome: RW on McDavid’s line, also taking RH faceoffs on the feature line. C on a soft minutes line, possibly with Jussi Jokinen and Jesse Puljujarvi. RW on a second line with Nugent-Hopkins, also taking RH faceoffs. I don’t think…

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“The Pisani” has landed

Since the day he left the Oilers organization, I’ve been waiting for the team to acquire another Fernando Pisani. The man who played a heroic role in the SCF against Carolina in 2006 brought a lot to the game. He was a quality mentor for young forwards, including names like Jarrett Stoll and Raffi Torres…

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Kings of Offence?

The Los Angeles Kings and offensive force in the same sentence is similar to me being mentioned as a leader for trendy new hairstyles. Unlikely. The Kings have finished top-ten in goals scored once in the past seven seasons. They were 25th this season and 14th, 18th, 26th, 10th, 29th and 25th dating back to…