Once You Trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, He’s No Longer On Your Team

View image | gettyimages.com One of my all-time favourite sports quotes was actually coined by a current Edmonton Oilers employee, and it went something to the effect of “people realize that once you trade Evgeni Malkin, you no longer have Evgeni Malkin on your team, right?” It’s obviously an overly simplified point, but that’s by design. It’s…

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The Oilers in the Wake of McDavid’s Injury

View image | gettyimages.com What happened to Connor McDavid in Tuesday night’s game against the Flyers was a real punch to the gut. And that’s coming from someone who has doesn’t have anything resembling any ties or allegiances to the Edmonton Oilers franchise. Purely as a fan of hockey, it’s nothing short of regrettable that we’re going to…

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Parsing through team over/under totals for the coming season

Well, if Grapes is looking for something to invest that crisp $100 bill in.. The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon.  Another…