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Irreconcilable Differences?

You can file this under things that will likely never happen, which is probably a safe bet, but if former NHLer and current 630 CHED analyst Rob Brown was King of the World, he knows what he’d like to see happen in the much-publicized impasse between Jesse Puljujarvi and the Edmonton Oilers.

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Poker Face

Even though absolutely nothing has changed in the impasse between Jesse Puljujarvi and the Edmonton Oilers since he first made it known publicly that he wants a fresh start someplace else, the Finnish winger and agent Markus Lehto keep re-stating their position. We get it, Jesse. So does Oilers’ GM Ken Holland.

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This, That and the Other Thing

With competition for eyeballs being as hot as it is, a lot of pundits in various sports have taken to calling themselves “insiders.” When it comes to consistently predicting what’s happening or is going to happen with the Edmonton Oilers, I can probably list all the people who have the real inside dope on one…

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A Night of Thanks

I was sharing a few laughs with Barrie Stafford last week at the gala for Craig Simpson’s Never Say Never Golf Tournament and the conversation ended the way it always does whenever I see the former Edmonton Oilers’ equipment manager. “If there’s anything you need, let me know,” Stafford said.

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Joe Murphy: A Year Goes By

It’s been over a year since we first found out former Edmonton Oiler Joe Murphy was destitute and homeless, living rough on the streets of Kenora, Ont. It’s a revelation that was as stunning as it was sad. Former NHL players, Stanley Cup winners, men who’ve earned millions of dollars, just don’t end up this…

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What About Sam?

Much of the talk as these dog days of the NHL off-season drag on is that the next order of business for Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland is to find himself a third-line centre. I wonder, might Sam Gagner be a reasonable facsimile if Holland can’t find the pivot he’s looking for?

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At Random: Trading Places

With former Edmonton Oilers Milan Lucic and Cam Talbot wearing Calgary Flames jerseys this coming season, there’ll be an extra couple of storylines added to the mix when the 2019-20 edition of the Battle of Alberta unfolds.

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The Big Shot

There’s no cheering in the press box, but as reclamation projects and feel-good stories go, they don’t get much better than the one Zack Kassian is spinning when you look at where he’s been, where he is and the potential of days still to come as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

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The Comfort Zone

Maybe I’m nit-picking with not much new happening during the dog days of the NHL off-season, but something Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Mikko Koskinen said during a telephone interview from Finland this week stuck with me because what he said clashed with what I saw last season.

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The First Ring

Having written the Top 100 Edmonton Oilers of all-time series a couple of years ago, I take great interest in any debate about the pecking order of players who’ve worn Oilers’ silks. There was some of that just last week, when CTV reporter Nahreman Issa tweeted that she considered Ales Hemsky “one of the greatest…

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Who you know

In the NHL business, just like in any other business you’d care to name, who you know can be every bit as important as what you know. You only need to look at how the Edmonton Oilers have rebuilt their hockey operations department this off-season for the latest example of that.

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The Fit

It’s not surprising that James Neal and Milan Lucic have been accentuating the positive since being swapped for each other by the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Did anybody expect them not to stress the silver lining in finding a new place to play after Ken Holland and Brad Treliving swapped underachievers?