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Off the Top of My Head

If we’re finally doing this right, Saturday’s announcement that Michael Brind’Amour had stepped down as a member and chair of the Hockey Canada board of directors is just the first shoe to drop in the wake of the scandal that’s come to light about the 2018 sexual assault of a woman. Since the initial story…

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From the Top

While there’s still work to do for Edmonton Oilers’ president and general manager Ken Holland with the off-season now stretching into the first week of August, the ink he’s already managed to get done is impressive from where I sit.

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Next Chapter

It was one year ago almost to the day, Aug. 2, 2021, when I was poking some fun at Kevin Lowe over the barn fight that never was with Brian Burke. It was a beef that started in 2007 when Lowe put an offer sheet on Dustin Penner when Burke was running the show with…

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The Next Four

Given how high he set the bar during his first season, at least part of one, with the Edmonton Oilers, it’s going to be a tall order for Evander Kane to replicate that during the new four-year, $20.5 million contract he inked with the Oilers last month. And that’s OK.

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Off the Top of My Head

Knowing Bob Stauffer’s record for telegraphing what’s to come with the Edmonton Oilers in the years he’s been the team’s radio analyst on 630 CHED, I’ve got absolutely no doubt the team will come to terms on a new contract with Kailer Yamamoto before his arbitration hearing Aug. 7. 

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As Advertised

One of the things that struck me last July when the Edmonton Oilers inked Zach Hyman to a seven-year contract was the sheer outpouring of well wishes and praise from fans and people close to the Toronto Maple Leafs. You know, talk about Hyman being a really good player and an even better guy.

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Off the Top of My Head

Hockey Canada’s announcement it’s doing away with its National Equity Fund – a fund we didn’t know existed and addresses claims not covered by insurance policies, including those related to sexual misconduct – isn’t nearly enough to set things straight. Not even close. Doing away with this hush money slush fund should be the beginning…

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Chucky Gone Too?

As if Johnny Gaudreau’s decision to leave the Calgary Flames to make less money with the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn’t enough of a jolt for Flames fans, to hear Eric Francis of Sportsnet tell it, Matthew Tkachuk is on his way out the door too.

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Beginning of the End?

For a player who still hasn’t accomplished much or established himself in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, Jesse Puljujarvi draws a lot of attention and gets a lot of ink. More of the same to come with Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto having filed for salary arbitration.

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Off the Top of My Head

As if there hasn’t been enough to like about Zach Hyman since he arrived from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, he had nothing but good things to say to Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland about Jack Campbell – some positive inside intel — on the way to getting a five-year deal worth $25 million…

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Didn’t See This Coming…

The Edmonton Oilers had Evander Kane signed before the clock struck midnight Tuesday and then got the ink done on goaltender Jack Campbell and announced within minutes of the UFA season opening at 10 a.m. this morning. Just like that, GM Ken Holland had addressed the two most pressing matters of his off-season.

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A Season Well Spent

I don’t know if it was Duncan Keith getting choked up when he spoke about his years with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he won three Stanley Cups and the Norris Trophy twice, or the emotion in his voice when he talked about a season spent closer to his son Colton with the Edmonton Oilers…