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Playfair Outlines Four Area of Defending

I love interviews where I learn something. I’ve been blessed to interview coaches and players in many sports over the past 20+ years, and usually you can glean some information from one or two or their responses. However, the best interviews are when the guest is willing to share their information and go in-depth with…

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GDB -7.0: Looking To Build Chemistry (7pm MT, SN1)

It isn’t just players who use the preseason to sharpen their skills and prepare for the season. Head coaches will also use it to experiment with different combinations, or try to create chemistry and familiarity for new players to the team. Oilers bench boss Dave Tippett will be doing that tonight when he plays Zach…

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Don’t Disparage Second Assists

In recent years there seems to be an attack on “second assists,” as if they are somehow they are less valuable than first assists. I don’t get it, because no two assists are alike, whether they are the first or second. Sometimes the second assist was more important than the first. Last season Tyson Barrie…

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Ten Tuesday Thoughts…

The NHL regular season begins next Tuesday when Pittsburgh plays the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lighting and the NHL officially welcomes its 32nd franchise to the league when Seattle travels to Vegas.

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GDB -6.0: NHL Ready Rosters (7pm MT, Streaming)

The Edmonton Oilers roster is almost finalized. There weren’t many legitimate roster spots available when training camp opened, and 13 days, and five preseason games, into training camp, Dave Tippett has reduced his roster to 15 forwards, eight D-men and three goalies.

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GDB -4.0: Competition Increases (8pm MT, Streaming)

With every passing day the opportunity to win a spot on the 23-man roster intensifies for those looking to impress Dave Tippett and the rest of his coaching staff. After tonight’s game in Seattle there won’t be as much ice time for those battling for jobs on the fourth line or as extra forwards. And…

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Cherish Your Father…

It was a Saturday night. The energy in the room was more intense than usual, and then with one crack of the bat and the now infamous line from the great Tom Cheek, “Touch ’em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life,” the tension faded and jubilation took over. It…

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GDB -2.0: Honouring Joey Moss (7pm MT, Streaming)

Joey Moss was born September 25th, 1963, in Edmonton, Alberta. He was the 12th of 13 children for Lloyd and Sophie Moss. He was born into a family of entertainers and performers, and those skills helped him become the pulse of the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Elks for 35 years until he passed peacefully…

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Ten Questions…

Training camps are underway across the NHL and we are 18 days from opening night of the 2021/2022 season. There are many questions that need answers. Let’s look at 10 of them today.

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Training Camp Notes

NHL hockey is back. Training camps opened today in 32 cities and preseason games begin Saturday. The Oilers will play in Calgary on Sunday before honouring Joey Moss next Tuesday at home against Seattle. Unlike in past seasons, there are very few roster spots up for grabs in Edmonton. However, the competition for ice time…

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Oilers Have Some COVID Complications

Last week  NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he expects 98% of NHL players to be fully vaccinated by the start of the season. He added it would be 15 or fewer players who wouldn’t be vaccinated. Duncan Keith got vaccinated last week. He flew to the USA to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine,…

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Yamamoto and Puljujarvi. Who Takes a Step?

With Kailer Yamamoto signing a one-year, $1.175m AAV contract on the weekend, the Oilers have all their players signed and ready to start training camp when it begins tomorrow with physicals and medicals, and on the ice Thursday. Oscar Klefbom is on LTIR, while Dmitri Samorukov suffered a broken jaw during Saturday’s rookie game against…