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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…

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Off the Top of My Head

Trade Pool Party? Yes? No? Maybe so? I came across an item Friday contemplating that question. Should Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland consider trading Jesse Puljujarvi now because his value is relatively high? Channeling Dustin Nielson and Baggedmilk, I said, “pardon?” Snap. Lose it. That item is here. An excerpt: “If Holland believes Puljujarvi is…

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Jibber-Jabber

I’m equal parts amused and surprised by some of the reaction I’ve seen to the Oilers Entertainment Group attaching health and safety requirements – proof of COVID vaccinations or a negative COVID test — to attending Edmonton Oilers games at Rogers Place. 

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The Mix

With 60 candles to blow out on the birthday cake Wednesday, Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett has been around more than long enough to know the value of having experienced veterans in his dressing room and in his line-up. Sure, the old coach likes old players. Thanks for the news flash, Captain Obvious.

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Off the Top of My Head

Back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup after a season away in Finland, Jesse Puljujarvi silenced a lot of critics in a big way with his return in 2020-21. Of that, there is no doubt. After not so long ago wondering if Puljujarvi would ever be a player here, questions about him are different these days….

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ABOUT KAILER…

I’d take no great joy in seeing Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland come in with high and hard heat in contract negotiations with RFA Kailer Yamamoto, but I’d at least like to see something with a bit more mustard on it than what we’ve seen from him at times this summer.

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That Drai Deal…

August 16 has always been significant to me. Not just because it’s the date Elvis and Babe Ruth died, but because it happens to be my birthday. It became a lot more important for me in 2006 when my son Sam was born on my 48th birthday. Today, we’re celebrating 63 and 15. I’ve told…

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Off the Top of My Head

I don’t know if the one-year, two-way contract for $750,000 Tyler Benson signed with the Edmonton Oilers last week represents the Last Chance Motel for the talented former Southside Athletic Club star, but if it doesn’t, it’s a look-see bit of ink that has him unquestionably close to the same neighborhood.

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The Hometown Kid

He has three years of professional hockey on his resume and a freshly inked two-year contract in his pocket. Is Edmonton Oilers’ goaltending prospect Stuart Skinner ready to make a serious bid for more playing time in the blue paint with the Oilers this season and script a hometown boy made good storyline?

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At Random: Housekeeping

With the big names signed and the big money spent, we’re into the period of the off-season when Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland and his counterparts are taking care of housekeeping items on their to-do list. Like signing depth guys, looking for a useable player in what’s left of the UFA market. No earth-shattering moves,…