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PAY IT FORWARD

When I retired from hockey I knew I wanted to spend more time with my family, but I also loved the sport of hockey. I had opportunities to make coaching hockey my next career, and I was very interested. The idea of working with a group of players to build them up, and make them better,…

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Stanley Cup Finals Musings

As a player I always enjoyed analyzing the way both Stanley Cup Final teams were built. It was a good way to compare my own team to the elite squads in the league and to see how far (or close) we were to real success. There were springs where I felt my team wasn’t too many pieces away. There were other…

Missed Opportunity

#460147368 / gettyimages.com Tyler Pitlick has been granted the skills needed to play in the NHL for a long time. He can skate, shoot and has size. Those three traits have translated into ten year NHL careers for many players. Unfortunately there have also been many players with those three traits that have had a cup…

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Losing and the long walk through hell

Saturday night after the Oilers lost to the Blackhawks, I witnessed an event that unfortunately we have seen here too often and one that I have been on the receiving end of. Oilers fans loudly booed the players the last minute of the game and it did not stop there.

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THE NUGE IS COMING ALONG

#458744182 / gettyimages.com What a difference a full off-season of working out can do for a player, especially a young one. The Nuge has evolved this season into a much different player. Most of the change has come through his physical development.

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Here comes the BOOM!

#457688420 / gettyimages.com There is no shortage of talented forwards for Eakins to run for the power play. The additions of Purcell, Pouliot and Draisaitl have really bolstered the pool of talent he can choose from. Fitting the pieces together, creating a dangerous, above average and momentum building power play is the challenge for Eakins.

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FINAL PRE-SEASON GAME THOUGHTS

#468441129 / gettyimages.com The Oilers iced a thin lineup in Vancouver. Many of their top players were not playing. Hall, Nuge, Pouliot, Fayne, Perron sat out. Although we knew this was coming from Eakins comments Thursday post game, I was still surprised and left scratching my head at the decision.

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Where does Yak fit?

#478498809 / gettyimages.com Nail Yakupov is the wild card the Oilers have up their sleeve. The problem is they don’t really know what kind of a wild card he is. He could be a strong offensive force and be a legit NHL scoring weapon. He could also be a streaky player with defensive lapses like we…

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NHL Rule Adjustments

On Thursday the NHL announced numerous rule tweaks. A few of them will have an impact on the play, others most people won’t even notice a difference! Let’s take a look at what it will mean for the players.

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My Gino Odjick story

When I heard of the health situation of Gino Odjick I felt very sad for him and his family. Although we never played together on the same team, I always felt we had a unique bond.