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Kassian Prepared to Excel in Top-6 Role

Zack Kassian sat in his stall with a huge grin talking about his baby daughter Ellery. He also spoke with much pride in regards to how much work his wife Cassandra has had to do compared to him since Ellery arrived on March 10th. Kassian’s life on and off the ice in 2019 is so…

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GDB 77.0: Chiasson Contract (7pm MT, SNW)

Alex Chiasson was drafted 38th overall by the Dallas Stars in the 2009 entry draft and began his NCAA career with Boston College three months later. He played three seasons with the Terriers before debuting in the AHL with the Texas Stars for the 2012/2013 season. He was recalled by Dallas late in the season…

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Game Notes Stars @ Oilers: Double Hatties

I have a question regarding the Oilers’ offensive outburst against the Los Angeles Kings. If you were there, what was your reasoning to not throw your hat after Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a first-period Hatty, but then when Leon Draisaitl scored his in the third frame you decided to let it fly? Did you get caught…

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GDB 76.0: Scouting Report (7pm MT, SNW)

Watching a game in full speed, even with slow motion replay, we often miss things. You can then look at what the stats and analytics say, but they too will miss specific details. Often you have to watch video repeatedly to get a better understanding of what is going right, or more often, what is…

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Game Notes Kings @ Oilers: Finding Leadership

We are two weeks away from another “important off-season” in Edmonton Oilers history. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Oilers should not be closer to the draft lottery than a playoff spot, but that’s their reality. A new GM will be hired, followed by a new coach. But what about other changes. Will…

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GDB 74.0: SpOiler Role (7pm MT, SN1)

Stop me if you’ve read this before. The Oilers are once again in the unenviable position to play Spoiler. In case you’ve forgotten, you likely read about it here, or many other places over the past decade. I won’t get into the painful details of how they got here, and in fact, after reading the…

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Game Notes: Playing out the Season and Trade Talk

When you are out of the playoff race players look for different things to motivate them. I don’t buy into the play-without-pressure theory and how it is easier to play games when there is nothing on the line.  Opposing players and coaches have said this for years, only because they don’t want to say the…

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GDB 73.0: Reduce the Risk (6pm MT, SN1)

AHOY Some idioms are more popular than others. There are the often used “hit the hay,” or “kill two birds with one stone.” I’ve found males like to use them more often, specifically fathers. I guarantee you can quote a saying or idiom your father used throughout your childhood and into your adult life. You…

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GDB Game Notes: Koskinen

Mikko Koskinen has allowed some goals on his glove hand side. Some have looked stoppable, no question, but he’s also made many great saves, and while he isn’t Andrei Vasilevskiy, he isn’t near the bottom of the NHL goalie tree either. He is pretty much right around average. Ideally, he will need to improve his…

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Monday Musings…

The weather is warming up and the snow is melting. Soon you’ll be golfing, firing up the BBQ, wearing shorts and enjoying the summer scenery, but before that, playoff hockey is all around you. Oilers fans will once again be watching from the outside, but if you want to experience playoff hockey firsthand you can…

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Marody Having a Great Rookie Season

On March 21st, 2018, the Edmonton Oilers acquired the rights to Cooper Marody from the Philadelphia Flyers for a third round pick in the 2019 draft. It was the draft pick they received in the Patrick Maroon trade a few weeks earlier. Marody, the Flyers’ sixth round pick in 2015, finished his NCAA career and…

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Oilers Best Players Need to be Better

It is clear from my seat that the Oilers management’s handling of assets during the past many seasons is reason number one, two, three (and four and five…) why the Oilers have not been able to ice a competitive team. Do not confuse that with what I’m about to write. Management has done a terrible…