It’s obvious to anybody who has paid even casual attention to the Edmonton Oilers these past four seasons that Connor McDavid is a special player. This much we already know. As has come to be expected, the 22-year-old Oilers’ captain keeps finding new ways to prove it, like his hell-bent charge to the net in…


A Year Along

A year ago, when frustrated fans were lamenting another disappointing season by the Edmonton Oilers and those of us who are so inclined were writing about it, real misery came calling when news of the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash broke. In the blink of an eye at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 April…


Dare to Dream

There are lots of things I’d like to see happen, but they seldom do because the world doesn’t work exactly the way I think it should. They are sort of “if-I-was-king-of-the-world” moments. Maybe you have them too from time to time. Sort of a dare to dream bit. Wishful thinking. Some are goofy. Some are…


Off The Top Of My Head

With all the ongoing consternation over the Edmonton Oilers as we wind down another coulda-shoulda-woulda season, I was going to risk being called a water-carrier and a fart-catcher for the team by breaking things up and touching on a few of the silver-linings from another lost season today.



When Ken Hitchcock came out of retirement to take over from Todd McLellan behind the bench of the Edmonton Oilers, it was supposed to be one-and-done for the third-winningest coach in NHL history. It was understood that Hitchcock, 67, would do what he could to salvage the season with the hometown team that he’s always…



The Edmonton Spoilers. Sure. While the Oilers were out of realistic playoff contention weeks ago, the 7-2 waxing they took from the St. Louis Blues Tuesday seems to have officially relegated them to the role of spoilers. At least that’s the term I heard for the first time this morning in a chat between Dustin…


At Random: The Oven Mitt

The book is out on Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Mikko Koskinen, and it reads like a furniture mover’s nightmare – everything goes upstairs. It was obvious on Sunday the Vegas Golden Knights had been reading up on the big Finn chapter and verse as they scored six goals on 34 shots on the way to a…


The Void

After teasing fans with the faint hope they still had an outside shot at contending for a playoff spot thanks to a tidy stretch of games, the Edmonton Oilers transitioned from hot streak to tire fire yet again in a 6-3 loss to the hopeless, hapless and injury-riddled New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place Wednesday….



There’s an old saying that necessity is the mother of invention, and I couldn’t help but think of it as I watched Darnell Nurse roaring up and down the ice, battling and logging tough minutes in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers at Rogers Place Monday.



Like most of you, the four-game heater Zack Kassian has been on alongside Connor McDavid going into tonight’s game with the Toronto Maple Leafs hasn’t convinced me he’s a fit there over the long term. We know better — small sample size and all that — because we pretty much know what Kassian is at…


Cleaning House

Spring cleaning has to take on a whole new meaning for the Edmonton Oilers in April and beyond as those left behind and those yet to arrive have to tidy up the mess left behind by Pete Chiarelli. It’s going to be a big job. That much we already know.


Company Man

Better players have come and gone since the Edmonton Oilers called his name with the first overall selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but eight seasons and 522 games since that day, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is still going about his business as he always has – quietly producing results without a lot of fanfare or…