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Fighting For Foo

As per a tweet from Darren Dreger, the Oilers had Edmonton product Spencer Foo in attendance as a guest last night. Foo is an undrafted right-shooting right winger who has been plying his trade at union College. He is one of the most sought after college free agents available and the Oilers are clearly making…

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Benning or Gryba?

For a very large portion of the season, one of the best and most surprising stories was Matthew Benning. The first year pro player that Peter Chiarelli lured away from the Bruins (fair trade off for the second round pick we lost if you ask me) has exceeded all of my expectations. However, questions remain…

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Which Corporation Do I Get Mad At?

Thanks to the NHL I’m experiencing a little bit of a bummer about the 2018 Olympics. Now, I actually understand a little bit from both sides of the argument, so I’m not ready to pick a side here except for my own side as a fan. I’m getting a raw deal here. You’re getting a…

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Scrutinizing The Lineup

The season is winding down. The Oilers continue to trend towards the playoffs for the first time in a very, very long time. What will this team’s lineup look like when they get to the post-season? Are we getting a preview of the kinds of decisions that McLellan is going to make now in the…

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Sportsnet Mocks Ryan Smyth

Last night the Sportsnet panel took some time out of its busy schedule (not even during an Oiler game) to mock Ryan Smyth and his tearful goodbye to the city of Edmonton, the city that he adopted and whose citizens treated him like one of their own. It was a touching moment to remind you…

Unsung

Embed from Getty Images On any top 10 team in the NHL (and that’s what the Oilers are) there are stars and there are role players. There are over and underrated players. For a team like Edmonton that hasn’t impressed anyone with a playoff showing in a decade, a lot of skaters have been underrated….

The Window

Embed from Getty Images It hasn’t happened since I was six and a half years old. The Oilers are leading their division (or tied for the lead) going into the All-Star break. The last time that happened was when I was in the first grade. You can say, fairly, that no time in my life…

Trading Brandon Davidson

Embed from Getty Images Brandon Davidson is a great story. He’s also a pretty damned good young defender. He’s been one of the best defensemen developed by the Oilers using their farm system since Jeff Petry and he’s grown into a verifiable NHL player. He’s determined, a fighter in the best sense of the word,…

The Same But Different

Embed from Getty Images Yesterday the Oilers sent Jesse Puljujarvi down to the AHL, finally owned up the fact that he wasn’t quite ready for the NHL even though they cleared a spot for him and sheltered him as much as possible. But we’ve seen this a lot from the Oilers. It’s basically the exact same…

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Adding A Player Before Expansion

New Year’s Eve is around the corner and one resolution for the Edmonton Oilers might just be to do everything in their power to become a playoff team. Good news, this team is in position already to that (crazy, I know). So the next step is to be more than a team that just makes…

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The Case Against Kris Russell Part 2

Embed from Getty Images As we discussed yesterday, Kris Russell is dragging down almost every player on the team when they share the same ice as him. This is why it’s alarming, for me, to see and hear people like Drew Remenda, Jack Michaels, and most recently Jim Matheson praise Russell so profusely and in…

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The Case Against Kris Russell Part 1

Embed from Getty Images Alright. I’ve been overly damned cheery for weeks on this site. I think it’s a pretty much non-stop stream of happiness since the season began, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Oilers are on the verge of doing something incredibly unadvisable: Extending Kris Russell. It makes so little sense for…