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And the winner is…

I’ve got to admit I had difficulty working up much interest in Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, and that’s not intended as any kind of insult toward Schitt’s Creek, the brilliant Canadian comedy that dominated the show. I’m just not big on awards shows. Don’t love them. Don’t hate them.

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Go Stars

I wouldn’t bet even one thin dime that the Dallas Stars will prevail against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final series that starts tonight at Rogers Place, but in keeping with how outside the box this season has been since COVID-19 turned everything upside down, I wouldn’t mind a bit if…

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Never Forget

Time passes so quickly and I find that my recollection of scores and statistics from all my years covering the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL beat fade. I need to look them up. Not so my memories of the people – whether I knew them well or just in passing — who I met along…

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At Random: O Canada

When play-ins began in Toronto and Edmonton to wind up the most bizarre season in NHL history, you couldn’t ask for more Canadian content with six of the 24 teams – Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg — flying the maple leaf and all the games being played north of the 49th. Only the…

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This, That and the Other Thing

Regardless of what happens tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights, the fact Vancouver Canucks have been playing hockey in the NHL playoff bubble while the Edmonton Oilers have been on the outside looking in for weeks is still jarring to me.

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Off the Top of My Head

With so much buzz about what Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland might do to address his goaltending situation, and having touched on the free agent market last week, I’m wondering when Holland might pick up the phone and talk to Pittsburgh Penguins’ GM Jim Rutherford about Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry.

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Encore?

It’s not a newsflash to suggest the Edmonton Oilers need to upgrade their goaltending, among other things, this off-season after watching the tandem of Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith come up short. The obvious question for GM Ken Holland: who is capable of providing that upgrade and how much will it cost? The answer isn’t…

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They Didn’t Bring It

Most of what you read and hear in the hours after an outcome as disappointing as the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday, knocking them out of contention for the NHL’s 16-team playoff, is equal parts reaction and analysis – they aren’t the same. There is plenty of both to go around…

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Lady Luck

Whether you want to call it puck luck or getting the bounces, random chance can play a big part in any hockey game. We saw a prime example of that Wednesday as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Rogers Place to take a 2-1 lead in their play-in series.

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Any Questions?

I’ve met a lot of players over the years who talk a great game. They enjoy the microphone, the scrum, the attention. That’s where they shine. There’s nothing wrong with that. Win or lose, they are the go-to guys for those toting notepads and cameras and looking for a juicy quote. I miss Janne Niinimaa….

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The Blue Paint

The only way Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Calgary Flames was going to have any significant influence on coach Dave Tippett’s decision about who to start in goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday was if Mikko Koskinen or Mike Smith shat the bed.

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Recipe for Disaster

I can’t wait for the puck to drop when the Edmonton Oilers face the Calgary Flames in an exhibition game July 28 and then Aug. 1, when the Oilers open their best-of-five play-in series against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place.