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Let the Stars Shine

Even when NHL officials actually take the whistles out of their pockets, they make the wrong call far too often. Such was the case last night with the embarrassing goaltender interference penalty called against Brayden Point of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.

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Money Talks

If the on-again, off-again contract talks between the Edmonton Oilers and agent Rick Valette, who represents Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, are stalled at an impasse as we are led to believe by what Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman said last month, the best thing he can do for himself is test the UFA market. 

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Off the Top of My Head

“There’s always next year. I’m going into my ninth year next year and I haven’t won shit, so I’m definitely motivated. It just sucks.” — Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon after the Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Avalanche in six games.

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What’s the Fuss About?

We’re just 10 days into June, but you know Edmonton Oilers’ fans are going through hockey withdrawal, and rightfully so, when the signing of a fringe player like Devin Shore generates the kind of heat it has since he inked a two-year deal with an $850,000 AAV yesterday. Thank goodness there’s another fix ready to…

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Hall and Ebs

I remember writing about how Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle had taken over leadership of the Edmonton Oilers and that they’d put their stamp on a team that had been wandering aimlessly for years since the 2006 Stanley Cup final. They would, I wrote in 2012, be cornerstone players for the franchise for a long…

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Just Get In, Baby

When the North Division playoffs began, I had the Edmonton Oilers beating the Winnipeg Jets in five games and the Toronto Maple Leafs rolling over the Montreal Canadiens, also in five games. That was supposed to set up a Toronto-Edmonton match-up in the division final that I saw the Oilers winning in seven games. You?

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Survey Says…

It should surprise nobody that fans aren’t happy with the way the last two seasons have ended for the Edmonton Oilers – they lost a play-in series to a decided underdog in the Chicago Blackhawks last summer and then got swept 4-0 in the first round of the North Division playoffs by the Winnipeg Jets…

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Glass Houses

When schadenfreude is your best option in the second round of playoffs, it’s probably because your team is on the golf course instead of on the ice playing for a berth in the Stanley Cup final. So it goes here for fans of the Edmonton Oilers, who’ve been booking tee times themselves or making plans…

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Encore in the Crease?

For all the consternation last off-season when Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland circled back to Mike Smith and re-signed him after his pursuit of UFA Jacob Markstrom proved too pricey, I wasn’t surprised when he told reporters Wednesday he’s interested in an encore for the 39-year-old stopper next season.

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The Price You Pay

“I’ve got three beautiful kids, we’re not having any more, so what the hell.” – Winnipeg Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler on taking a Kris Russell slapshot in the nuts on the way to a 4-3 triple-overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers to complete a 4-0 series sweep.

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Grease is the Word

We’ve watched enough hockey over the years to know that when the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets opened their playoff series at Rogers Place last night, space would be tighter, open ice would be more contested and grease and grunt would play a bigger part than it had during a regular season series the Oilers…

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A Different Kind of Animal

With the Edmonton Oilers on the ice for practice Monday and later in front of the notepads and cameras via Zoom, coach Dave Tippett and at least two of his players referred to the playoffs as a different kind of animal. We’ve all seen enough over the years to understand they’re right about that as…