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Not Done Yet

As if we needed more reminders of how COVID has turned our lives upside down and that we’re not close to being done with it yet, we got some when Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland made himself available to reporters this morning as the team’s 2021 main training camp opened. What we found out from…

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Select Company

The ceremony that will see the No. 4 jersey of former Edmonton Oilers’ captain Kevin Lowe retired at Rogers Place before a game against the New York Rangers on November 5 has been a long time coming. It’s an honor finally assured when Lowe was named an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame in…

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Off the Top of My Head

In the end, Kailer Yamamoto and agent J.P. Barry looked at their limited options and made the smart move Saturday, signing a one-year deal worth $1.175 million with the Edmonton Oilers that will have the 22-year-old right winger in the mix when the team opens training camp Wednesday.

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Call The Rulebook

I was scrolling through the internet this morning when I came across a “Free Connor McDavid” headline on a story written by Sam Fels at Deadspin. With Toronto-based writers busy with the Maple Leafs on the eve of training camp, it seemed a bit late to see another “McDavid wants out of Edmonton” bit of…

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The Time is Now

Edmonton Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid wasn’t setting the bar when he declared in front of assembled media on Tuesday the time for the Oilers to become legit Stanley Cup contenders is now. That had already been discussed behind closed doors and is understood by the team’s core group of players.

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Welcome Back

In the name of trying to return to some semblance of normalcy, it will be great to have fans back in Rogers Place when the Edmonton Oilers start the 2021-22 season. It’ll be even better for the Oilers if Zack Kassian shows up along with them.

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Off the Top of My Head

When a player like Zach Hyman inks the kind of big ticket he did with the Edmonton Oilers this off-season, it follows there’s going to be great expectations. That comes with a seven-year deal worth $38.5 million for a $5.5 million AAV. As it should be.

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Remembering Ace

There isn’t much I can write today on the 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington that I haven’t written before, but I still feel the need to acknowledge the day.

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Time Flies…

One of the many tricks your mind plays on you as you get older is your sense of how quickly time passes. In some ways, it feels like 15 minutes since I last covered the Edmonton Oilers beat at the dailies. A look at the calendar, as opposed to a glance at my watch, tells…

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Off the Top of My Head

Enough already about Kailer Yamamoto’s contract status. Enough already about Kailer Yamamoto’s contract status. Enough already about . . . Honestly, I had the best intentions, then here comes Joel Farabee and his spanking new $30-million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and here we are.

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Waiting on Kailer

Is it possible there’s an NHL GM out there who would consider submitting an offer sheet to Kailer Yamamoto of the Edmonton Oilers? Sure, I suppose it’s possible, but it’s only slightly more likely than me ending up on the cover of GQ Magazine. In other words, it’s a “you’re saying there’s a chance” kind…

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Relentless

As we all know, Connor McDavid is coming off a season in which he was unanimously voted the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and that he won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the scoring race in a waltz with a ridiculous 105 points in 56 games. If anybody deserved some time to…