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After One Quarter: Has Chiarelli Blown This Season?

The Oilers have played a quarter of their games this season and the results have been disastrous. The team finds themselves in 29th place and ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes in the Western Conference. This team needs a fundamental change of results in order to challenge for a playoff spot.

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Trading Good Process for Shooting Talent

With the Oilers making an actual trade there will be lots of focus on the players as they leave and enter Edmonton. Surely there will be many different perspectives on both Jussi Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri as well as why they were traded for each other. To me, it comes down to the Oilers desperately…

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Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

I have a lot of time for Kailer Yamamoto. He earned the right to play for the Oilers in October with his performance in September. After training camp, he was no worse than the second best right winger for the Oilers. Today, that may still be the case but the best thing for Edmonton is…

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Report: Oilers Unhappy With Strome Deal

Sometimes you’re just sitting there, watching Hockey Night in Canada — minding your own business — and someone says something that makes you think, “Well what were you expecting?” It happened to me when Nick Kypreos said that the Oilers were already disappointed with the Eberle/Strome trade and were thinking about moving Ryan Strome already.

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Calm Down Already

Alright, things aren’t good right now. I think it’s fair to say this start is concerning to everyone, even the really optimistic people. That said, we can afford to acknowledge the issues without scrambling for the ejector seat button. There are reasons to believe the team will push through this skid.

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Kassian is…the best?

We are three games into this season and the never ending tryout on the right side of the forward lines is still happening. Time to panic? Debatable. Time to evaluate the life choices that brought us here? Definitely.

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Early October Air

If there is a more hopeful time than just before the season starts then I have surely not experienced it. Everything is possible and pure in early October. The dreams of children and grown men are restored once again. Only the ice is fresher than faces of the rookies wearing sweaters that hang off them…

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It Wasn’t The Plan

The reality is that I didn’t think it would be this way either. Even more so after the Young Stars tournament, I thought “It’s just not his year.” However, after the quality of linemates improved (drastically) and the structure of a professional environment kicked in, he really started to shine. Kailer Yamamoto looks like a…

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Heavy Expectations for Edmonton’s Newest Project

We find ourselves standing directly in front of the 2017-2018 Oiler season. Coming off the heels of a second round exit, some individual awards for the Captain, and another year of development for what was still a relatively young team, the expectations are high. And that’s understandable. Except when it isn’t.

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Call Them Again

Hockey season is upon us and once again we are reminded that we live in a world where Connor McDavid is an Edmonton Oiler. Coming off his first full season in which he won the Art Ross and the Hart trophies as well as a playoffs where he was not as offensively proficient as he…

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Some Quick Comparables For Russell Post-Thirty

I’ve had a nice quiet summer. I got to do a little travelling around Europe and spent many weekend days cooking large pieces of meat with fire. Everything was wonderful and then my good friend Baggedmilk decides to remind me that Kris Russell is probably going to be the Oilers’ number 3 defender until Christmas…

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The Dream

Malkin and Crosby. That’s the dream, is it not? That’s the kind of one-two punch the Oilers want to have with McDavid and Draisaitl. All 31 teams in the league dream of having two top centres to build a team around. It is a matchup destroyer in a league as big as the NHL where…