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Remembering life before the first overall picks?

I spent this past weekend in Kelowna watching some good old fashion junior hockey. I even had the chance to say hello to former Oiler captain Jason Smith, who’s now the coach of the Kelowna Rockets — I wasn’t thinking at the time, but I should’ve squeaked in an interview with him. It was a…

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Taylor Hall is just going through the stages of a breakup

Every few months it feels like someone pokes the bear that known as Taylor Hall. They ask him something about his days in Edmonton and of course, he responds with a comment that lights up like a golf club held up in the sky during an electrical storm. I usually don’t pay much attention to it. Taylor…

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Someone drafted outside the first round is a gem

No, this post isn’t about Brandon Davidson — we’ve known for a while that the Oilers really did find a hidden gem in him during the sixth round of the 2010 draft. But while we’re chatting about Davidson, let me just quote that old saying, “If you love something set it free. If it comes back it’s…

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Does Talbot need more help?

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being on The Oilers Live podcast, whom you can follow on Twitter @oilerslive. If you haven’t listened before, he has a variety of guests that make each episode different and entertaining. For my episode, we didn’t have an agenda, the topic changed direction a lot and to be…

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What to do as the Oilers approach the deadline?

What a season it’s been for the Oilers. The ups and the downs have been all over. Emotionally, I’m sure lots of fans agree. It’s hard to understand a team that destroys the Tampa Bay Lightning but then gets blown out by bottom feeders like the Sabres. While many have mailed the season in and…

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The Oilers net is empty and….

It can be frustrating to watch the Oilers at times, to say the least. At some points, there’s a slow start, followed by desperation towards the end of the game as the clock ticks down. I’ve gotten used to it this year. You have to, or else you’ll be too frustrated to watch it happen. Last…

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It’s gotta be rough being the Great One

Over the last couple seasons, we have been treated to shots of the greatest hockey player of all time in luxury boxes during games. While the emotions on his face are easy to read, it’s not as easy to tell exactly what the Great One exactly does around the Oilers. Wayne made his triumphant return to…

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Where do we go from here?

As I sat watching the Oilers game, I ran through possible story ideas and they seemed to get more and more negative as time ticked away in the game. It felt like déjà vu, in a sense. There was a lack of desperation by the Oilers until the final moments of the game, but how…

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All I want for Christmas is…

A couple of weeks ago, I took a look at the Oilers schedule and grimaced when I saw the list of teams they would have to face. The Oilers had a murderers row consisting of the Blue Jackets, Nashville, San Jose and the Blues, all happening before the Christmas break. I won’t lie, I was…

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Could Auvitu play forward?

It’s about to get real crowded on the Oilers blueline once Andrej Sekera and Adam Larsson return from the injured reserve. Captain obvious here: we really need those two guys on the ice, but what happens with the others? Well, the two names at the top of the list of Oilers defencemen on the outs…

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It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas for Todd

There’s so much for Todd McLellan to be happy about. He gets to coach Connor freaking McDavid, he has the keys in his hands to what is supposed to be one of the most exciting franchises in the NHL, a young team, a new barn, and a passionate fan base. Yet, just like Charlie Brown,…