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A Telegraphed Shot

At opposite ends of the opinion spectrum, Duncan Keith is either too old and too expensive to make a difference for the Edmonton Oilers or the two-time Norris Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion is a great bet to provide GM Ken Holland with exactly the kind of experience and leadership his team needs.

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Off the Top of My Head

If you’re old enough to remember the days when Wayne Gretzky was so dominant that hockey poolsters divided up his goals and assists in drafts, then you remember when the Great One became the first NHL player to win the Hart Memorial Trophy by a unanimous vote with all 63 first-place ballots in 1982.

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Where There’s a Will…

Thinking back to the months leading to Tuesday’s announcement the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had come to terms on a new contract, I didn’t see GM Ken Holland getting a deal for the kind of dollars he’d be comfortable with or for RNH to get the kind of term he might get on the…

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Everything is Fine

Having attended the type of availability commissioner Gary Bettman granted media yesterday a time or two, I’ve seen him deliver the same kind of jaw-dropping answers with a straight face reporters got before the Tampa Bay Lightning lapped the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 in the first game of the Stanley Cup final.

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Off the Top of My Head

The Montreal Canadiens played poorly enough in one stretch this season to get coach Claude Julien fired and replaced by Dominique Ducharme. They played 25 games in 44 nights because of COVID and then hit the stretch drive riddled with injuries. Given no chance against the Toronto Maple Leafs after dragging themselves into the North…

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Time For a Change Already

Having just written last week about the pitiful officiating that is plaguing the NHL, I feel a little bit like Stewie Griffin from Family Guy trying to get his mom’s attention by nagging about it again today. So be it. The thing is, I’m not alone. If the NHL wants us to pipe down, assuming…

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Top of the Market

I don’t always agree with what Greg Wyshynski of ESPN says or how he says it, but he’s one of the guys I read, and he certainly caught my eye this morning with his item ranking the top NHL unrestricted free agents this off-season.

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Off the Top of My Head

Sebastian Cossa of the Edmonton Oil Kings won’t be the answer in the crease for the Edmonton Oilers next season or even in 2022-23, but the six-foot-six puck-stopper could be a difference-maker in the blue paint for many years to come after that if the Oilers can get him in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.

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What About Jake?

If the Boston Bruins are willing to make Jake DeBrusk available this off-season, and the buzz out of Beantown seems to be that’s a distinct possibility, I’m getting on the phone if I’m Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland and finding out if there’s a deal to be made.

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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.