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RNH: Last year I wouldn’t have tried that play

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had zero goals in the first ten games last season. He finished with 18 goals in 82 games. He only had 12 goals in 55 games in 2016, which prorates to 17.8 over an 82-game season. Nugent-Hopkins has underperformed offensively the past two seasons, but so far this year he looks like he…

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Should the Oilers be interested in Mark Streit? How about Ales Hemsky?

Earlier today, the Montreal Canadiens seemingly put an end to one of their off-season experiments, putting veteran defenceman Mark Streit on waivers. Streit was signed to a one-year deal back in July when it became inevitable that Andrei Markov, Montreal’s best puck-moving defenceman, wasn’t going to be back with the team.

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Can the Oilers afford McDavid, Draisaitl, and Nugent-Hopkins long term?

The Edmonton Oilers cap situation gets serious next season. Connor McDavid’s mega-extension kicks in then, which will make him the league’s highest paid player at $12.5 million per year, and the Oilers will have roughly $13 million to sign 10 players, including Patrick Maroon, Ryan Strome, Darnell Nurse, Matt Benning, and Mark Letestu. Conventional thinking…

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Kassian is…the best?

We are three games into this season and the never ending tryout on the right side of the forward lines is still happening. Time to panic? Debatable. Time to evaluate the life choices that brought us here? Definitely.