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The Way I See It…

The Edmonton Oilers have two of the best five players on the planet in their line-up, outstanding special teams and a coach with a knack of knowing who to play with whom. So, what’s going to stop them unless the roof at Rogers Place falls in? Not the Chicago Blackhawks in their best-of-five play-in series,…

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At Random: Game On

No matter how good the news, there are those who temper it with a dose of reality. While many of us fist-pump and celebrate, they take a longer, more critical look. They’re the detached, to whom the cold, hard facts matter most. In many cases it’s their job. Those with skin and passion in the…

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Let’s Go

It’s remarkable what can be accomplished when both sides in a negotiation put their heads together and get on the same page to come up with an agreement. We’re seeing that right now with the NHL and NHLPA during unprecedented times – the COVID-19 crisis that put an end to the season back in March.

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The Call

The thing about awards or honors that are voted on, like induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, is that, aside from obvious first-ballot guys like Jarome Iginla, there is going to be debate. Not only among the 18 voters comprising the HHOF committee, where 14 voters must agree before a player is inducted, but…

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HHOF 2020: Jarome and. . .

We know that Jarome Iginla is a mortal lock to be named to the Hockey Hall of Fame by the selection committee in his first year of eligibility Wednesday. But what about former Edmonton Oilers’ captain Kevin Lowe, in his 20th year of eligibility, and other candidates like Theoren Fleury, Alexander Mogilny, Marian Hossa and…

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Bombshell

Even within the context of the number of shocking revelations that have made headlines across the Canadian Hockey League in years past, accusations made by Daniel Carcillo and Garrett Taylor about systemic abuse in major junior hockey as contained in a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court Thursday are nothing less than a bombshell.

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About Jesse…

I’ve got to admit I hadn’t given Jesse Puljujarvi much thought since last August – even with what seemed like daily updates about his progress playing in Finland from JP Fan Club president Dustin Nielson – until yesterday. For me, it was out of sight out of mind, at least until Puljujarvi appeared to soften…

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Square One

I come from a place of white privilege, so I can’t fully understand the depth of the rage and pain we’ve seen since four police officers murdered George Floyd in Minneapolis May 25. I’ve never been the victim of racism. I’ve never walked in those shoes. I don’t know what that feels like.

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We’re a Hub, Bub

I know this will come off as homer-ism in the extreme to some, but when I look at the 10 cities on the NHL’s shortlist to be hubs when play-ins and playoffs finally get underway, I don’t see a better hub candidate than Edmonton. Tell me I’m wrong.

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The Last One

The old saying is that time flies. That seems especially true as today marks the 30th anniversary of the Edmonton Oilers’ fifth, and unlikeliest, Stanley Cup on this sunny Sunday – the first and only sip from the silverware of the post-Wayne Gretzky era.

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At Random: Selling It

We still don’t know exactly what the rest of the NHL season and playoffs will look like for sure – how many teams and how many hub cities would be involved, for starters – but we do know the Edmonton Oilers and Alberta premier Jason Kenney are in there pitching with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman…

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Hard Pass

Ryan Rishaug of TSN has been doing some solid reporting during this COVID-19 pandemic about what measures it might take to get the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL back on the ice, including talks between the Oilers and the province of Alberta about establishing protocols for testing and mitigating risk.