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Fun Debates and a Big Thank You

April is a wonderful time to be a sports fan. You have hockey playoffs in the AJHL, WHL, AHL and NHL. You have NBA playoffs. MLB has begun, the NFL draft is next week, followed by the CFL draft, and the NHL will announce the finalists for player awards. There is no shortage of topics…

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Oilers aren’t helping Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson is the CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group, which consists of sports and entertainment entities. Under the OEG umbrella is the Edmonton Oilers, the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Oil Country Championship (golf tournament), and the OEG operates Rogers Place. Las week, Nicholson announced Peter Chiarelli would be staying on in…

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Oilers Upper Hierarchy Needs to be Better

Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers on June 18th, 2008. Under his watch, the Oilers have been the worst team in the NHL. They have missed the playoffs nine times, finishing in the bottom ten all nine years. Their success under Katz has been almost non-existent, except during the draft lottery. Since Katz purchased the…

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Nugent-Hopkins: Focus on Being a Winger

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 24 goals for the second time in his career, but he matched his career-high in only 62 games compared to playing 76 games in 2015. Nugent-Hopkins played the majority of the season at centre, but his final 13 games were comfortably on  Connor McDavid’s left wing. I believe Nugent-Hopkins will be a…

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McLellan discusses disappointing season

Todd McLellan addressed a number of topics in his end-of-the-year media avail this morning. The Oilers have a lot of areas to improve and McLellan will be in charge of looking for solutions. He spoke today like someone who knows he will be back next season. I expect he will be, but there will be…

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Klefbom Gets Good News on His Shoulder

Oscar Klefbom, like all his teammates, was disappointed in how their season unfolded, but he was very excited about his upcoming off-season training. He had surgery to clean up his shoulder, which has been bothering him for years. “They went in and basically vacuum cleaned a lot of pieces of bone that was floating around…

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Hockey Community Mourns: Five Local Players Deceased

If you played hockey, at some point in your life your team went on a bus trip. As young kids, it was a thrill to ride the bus, even just once a year for that special tournament. As players got older, the bus rides become more frequent, and often some of your favourite hockey memories…

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Friday Thoughts: Tears, laughs and more

There are 20 games remaining in the 2017/2018 NHL season. Fourteen playoff spots are confirmed, with Philadelphia and Florida battling for the final spot in the east, while St. Louis and Colorado will face each other tomorrow to determine who gets the final spot in the west, and the opportunity to be bludgeoned by the…

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GDB 81.0: Going Out On A Good Note (7pm MST, SN1)

The Edmonton Oilers have two games remaining in the most disappointing season in franchise history. It will be another long off-season for fans, players, coaches and management, and the organization needs to ensure they find ways to ice a competitive team next season. The roster will look different, but I’m not sure we will see…

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Game Notes Golden Knights @ Oilers: Surprise storylines

The Vegas Golden Knights are the biggest surprise in NHL history. They are first in the Pacific Division with 109 points, fifth most in the NHL, have a 40-goal scorer in William Karlsson and four players with 60 points. All of them are having career years, and it will be interesting to see how they…

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Game Notes Oilers @ Wild: Suter, Staal and Hart

The Minnesota Wild haven’t officially clinched a playoff spot,  but they should later this week, however, their playoff aspirations took a major hit with Ryan Suter’s injury on Saturday. Injuries are brutal at any time of the year, but having your top defender injured in the final week of the regular season is the ultimate…

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GDB 78.0: The Lottery Race (8pm MST, SNW)

Earlier this week the NHL released the odds for the draft lottery, which will be held on Saturday, April 28th. The Oilers will most likely finish with the eighth, ninth or 10th best odds to win, while the Vancouver Canucks are in a battle for the second, third or fourth best odds. Considering the fifth,…