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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…

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This Prospect Will Play In The NHL

Projecting prospects is difficult, but I’m a glutton for punishment so I’ll wade into the murky waters. The harsh truth about watching prospects in rookie camp, or main camp, is that only a handful of them will become regular NHLers. In the 20 years I’ve been watching rookie/training camps there were some obvious choices like…

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Oilers With Legit Prospects at All Three Positions

For the first time in franchise history the Edmonton Oilers have legitimate prospects at forward, defence and in goal. Even in the Stanley Cup days of the 1980s Edmonton rarely had legitimate prospects at all three positions developing at the same time in the American League. It is long overdue, but it looks like Edmonton…

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Uncertainty for Unvaccinated Players

The NHL regular season begins Tuesday, October 12th, with two games, followed by five on the 13th, nine games on the 14th, three on the 15th and 14 on Saturday the 16th which include Boston, Calgary, San Jose and St.Louis finally playing their first games of the season. But all the teams are still uncertain…

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Expectations for Oilers Goaltending

I’m sure you’ve heard the following statement at least a thousand times this summer: “Mike Smith won’t be as good this season. He will regress.” Quick question. Can you name the goalies who posted a .920sv% or better in 2020 and again in 2021?

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Pacific Division Preview: San Jose Sharks

Doug Wilson was named general manager of the San Jose Sharks on May 13th, 2003. In 17 seasons as GM no team has more wins and points than the Sharks. They’ve won 731 of the 1,322 games. Only Pittsburgh (727), Boston (718), Washington (712), Nashville (707) and Tampa Bay (703) have won 700+ games. (In…

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Early Look at Canada’s 2022 Olympic Roster

It is official. NHL players will be participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics. The men’s hockey tournament will run from February 9th to the 20th. The National teams will submit their “long list” of players by October 15th and the provisional playing rosters will be announced in January, 2022. Unlike previous Olympics, there will be…