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PTO Talk and a Big Hypothetical

Did anyone else get super tired of watching that dude drink a beer through his hot dog last night? It was straight up like every second video on my timeline for a solid 30 minutes so I tweeted my rage about it and then turned off Twitter notifications for the night. It was peaceful. However,…

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Weekly Rumours – Sam Gagner and the Golden Knights Crease

ALERT: WE FINALLY HAVE AN OILERS RUMOUR! It sounds like Sam Gagner could be returning to the Oilers on either a PTO or a straight-up one-year contract. Tom Gazzola first dropped the nugget on an episode of ‘The Oil Stream’ and then confirmed the rumblings on Twitter when Wanye pressed him for more details.

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It’s time to lock up Evan Bouchard

There is one year remaining on Evan Bouchard’s entry-level contract. Even though this won’t become a front-burner issue until next summer, the Oilers need to start thinking about how they want to handle the defenseman’s future. He won’t have arbitration rights next summer when he’s an RFA for the first time (he needs to play…

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Weekly Rumours – The Quiet Days

Things are pretty quiet around the league right now. We got the big Matthew Tkachuk trade a few weeks ago and since then, there’s basically been no news except a few teams and players settling to avoid arbitration. For the Oilers specifically, I applaud Ken Holland for avoiding arbitration with both Puljujarvi and Yamamoto. I…

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Which Oilers could regress in 2022-23?

Last week, I looked at which Oilers could reasonably be expected to improve next season. That list included names like Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, and surprisingly, Connor McDavid. Now, it’s time to look at the not-so-fun side of this conversation: players who could regress next season.

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Taking A Step Forward

Last season was wildly successful for the Edmonton Oilers. Even though they fell short of making the Stanley Cup Final, they made the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2006 and that’s still a big positive in my books. Now, the team will look to build on that success in the 2022-23 season…

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What’s left on Ken Holland’s checklist?

Oilers GM Ken Holland has been a busy man this summer. From bringing back key pieces like Evander Kane and Brett Kulak to improving the goaltending by signing Jack Campbell to a long-term deal, Holland has checked a lot of important boxes over the last two weeks. More recently, he even found common ground with…

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Weekly Rumours – 24 Hours Until Silly Season

We are officially within 24 hours of the NHL’s free-agent window opening and the madness is only just beginning. Johnny Gaudreau, Evgeni Malkin, Claude Giroux, and John Klingberg are just a handful of star players who could have new homes by this time tomorrow.  Before we get into some things that could happen elsewhere around…

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Draft Diaries: Leaving Montreal with lots of questions

As I fly back to Edmonton from Montreal, I can’t help but feel like we got more questions than answers regarding the Oilers over the last 48 hours. I’ll get to that in a second. First, the experience of covering my first NHL Draft was awesome. Canadiens fans brought the noise on night one and…

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The Duncan Keith Decision has Been Made… Now What?

After an absolutely legendary career that saw him play in over 1200 regular-season games and 151 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, Duncan Keith is calling it a career. The defenseman won two Norris Trophies, three Stanley Cups, and a Conn Smythe trophy. On the international stage, he captured two Olympic Gold Medals with Team Canada. He’s…

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An Oilers Draft Preview with Chris Peters

To get you totally set for tonight’s NHL Draft, I sat down with Chris Peters, an analyst with Flo Hockey. We talked about the drama surrounding the first overall pick, how the rest of the top five could play out, and we dug into what the Edmonton Oilers could do with the 29th overall pick….