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The Hitch Effect

It’s been ten games since the Oilers made the switch from Todd McLellan to Ken Hitchcock and the team is winning. It feels good, doesn’t it Oilers fans? Yet, there are still some of you who aren’t satisfied. Some of you say that Ken Hitchcock has made this a boring team and some of you…

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GDB 29.0 Wrap Up: EVERYONE GETS A GOAL! DOWN GO THE WILD!

With the Western Conference and the Pacific Division as tight as they are, every single game has massive implications on the standings. Tonight’s opponent, the Minnesota Wild, sat just two points ahead of the Oilers in the wild card standings. It was a good ‘ol four-point swing and those points were ripe for the picking….

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What to do with the goalies?

When a team has two goaltenders that are struggling, it’s not really as much a goaltending “controversy” as it is a straight up goaltending “problem”. Cam Talbot came into this season as a lock to be the Oilers number one goalie, but that title quickly evaporated as Talbot struggled and Mikko Koskinen began to surge.

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Looking into the Oilers lack of depth scoring

Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Stars was a sobering reminder of what this hockey club looks like without Connor McDavid. They are a dull team, who can stay competitive in any given game, but lack their offensive engine. There was no ‘wow factor’. There was not one point in that hockey game where I was…

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What are the Oilers getting in Chris Wideman?

Over the past month, we’ve heard Peter Chiarelli say on multiple occasions that the group of defenders that the Edmonton Oilers have simply don’t move the puck well enough. Today, he made a move to address that, acquiring Chris Wideman from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2020…

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Chiarelli Speaks to the Media (Part Two)

Earlier today, at 11:45am to be exact, Edmonton Oilers General Manager Peter Chiarelli held a conference call with members of the local and national media to address the firing of Todd McLellan and subsequent hiring of Ken Hitchcock. I watched the earlier press conference which featured Chiarelli and some of the local travelling media. In the…

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The Easiest Jobs on the Team

There is plenty of blame being thrown around and almost all of it is deserved. Fans are mad at Chiarelli, they want McLellan fired, and Cam Talbot’s play has been a constant headache. Those are legitimate reasons to be mad at this organization. Right now, I want to focus on a different part of the…

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What are the Oilers getting in Ryan Spooner?

The deal is fresh, but on the surface, it’s two teams simply swapping struggling players. Ryan Strome played a total of 259 minutes in 18 games with the Oilers this season and he managed just one goal and one assist. It was an ugly start for Strome, who carried a cap hit of $3.1 million…

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Oil Kings Update: What Changed?

I have not been ‘covering’ hockey for very long, but my short time doing so, I haven’t been around a team that has gone from one extreme to another the way the 2018-19 Edmonton Oil Kings have.