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Paying Zack Kassian should be low on Oilers’ priorities

What a difference a year makes. Last year, Zack Kassian’s agent was pushing for his client to either be traded or reinserted into the lineup. Kassian eventually drew back in and even spent time with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, leading to a career-high 15 goals. Draisaitl, McDavid, and Kassian worked, so they started the…

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GDB 18.0 Wrap Up: Oilers shut out the Devils, win 4-0

Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils return to Edmonton in Hall’s free agent season. Hall is almost assuredly going to free agency. The Devils are awful. They’re 4-6-4 and show little signs of turning it around. Hall’s played some truly terrible teams. If, or when, the Devils don’t make the playoffs, Hall will have…

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Five Reasons the Oilers are for real

The Edmonton Oilers are 9-4-1 and first place in the Pacific division. That’s not a record most predicted but the Oilers are starting strong, even with Adam Larsson injured after the first game against Vancouver. Here’s why it will continue, unlike their hot start with Ken Hitchcock last season.

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Ken Holland and overripening prospects

Overripening. If there’s one word that’s getting a ton of airplay in the Ken Holland era, it’s overripening. Holland brings over a wealth of experience from his time as Detroit Red Wings general manager. People point to Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist as evidence of players who were brought along slowly in Grand Rapids, Detroit’s…

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Jesse Puljujarvi is doing his part

Debate whether Jesse Puljujarvi and his agent Markus Lehto’s decision to request a trade, go public with that request and play overseas in Finland when that request has not been granted, is the right decision, but Puljujarvi’s holding up his end of the bargain.

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A Taylor Hall reunion with the Oilers could make sense

On Wednesday, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman mused about Taylor Hall’s future in New Jersey on Tim and Sid. Friedman said it’s unlikely Hall would remain with the Devils if their struggles continue. Tim Micallef joked about a possible return to the Edmonton Oilers and Friedman did say the Oilers would be interested in Hall. That makes…

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The best Oilers through two weeks

The Oilers are 5-0. Most people didn’t see the Oilers winning their first five games, but they have started strong and these points in the bag. No one can take them away. Who has been the biggest contributors to the Oilers’ (extremely) early success? It’s too easy to point to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl….

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Oilers Projections: the Internet Forecasts a Rough Season

Every year I’m curious what fans, media, and statistical models say about the Oilers. Many, including myself, were convinced the Oilers had finally turned a corner after making the playoffs in 2016-17, and nearly advancing to the third round of the playoffs, but that wasn’t the case. The Oilers fell back to earth the past…