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Life, death, and contract holdouts

Warm summer nights start to cool off around the end of August here in Alberta. The grass will soon start to brown as leaves fall off the trees and the apples on the trees in your backyard will soon fall to the ground.

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Tobias Rieder and his road traveled home

Tobias Rieder was a steal of a pick for the Edmonton Oilers when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He had just come off a season in which he notched 49 points in 65 games and played in both the U-20 and U-18 tournaments. The U-18 tournament saw…

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Oilers sign Tobias Rieder

It’s an Oilers reunion! According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Oilers are signing Tobias Rieder to a one-year, $2-million deal.

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Oilers sign Kevin Gravel

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, the Edmonton Oilers have inked defenceman Kevin Gravel to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector says Gravel will get $450k guaranteed and would make $300k in the minors.

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Oilers sign Kyle Brodziak

The Edmonton Oilers appear to be ready to make their first free agency splash. St. Louis Blues writers Andy Strickland and Jeremy Rutherford have both said on Twitter 34-year-old Kyle Brodziak is expected to sign with the Oilers.

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Joe Veleno: The one who got away

The Edmonton Oilers had a good draft weekend. They got a fantastic prospect in Evan Bouchard, who will be a great defenceman for this team in the future. He checks a lot of boxes as a defenceman and moreso for the Oilers. His big frame, strong shot and scoring ability will patrol the blue line…

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Will Andrej Sekera rebound?

It’s now been 13 months since Andrej Sekera tore his ACL during game five of the 2017 playoffs when he-man Ryan Getzlaf crashed him into the boards. The hit was innocuous seemingly just a routine finishing of a check. Sekera went on to miss a large chunk of the Oilers past season and ended up…

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Have faith in Strome

Peter Chiarelli made a bad trade a year ago by trading perennial 50-60 point man Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome. Why was it bad? Well, the Oilers had hoped that Strome would step up and put up point like Eberle did. On top of that, the cap space cleared was used to sign Kris Russell…

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Manufacturing a Milan Lucic move

Milan Lucic had a bad year. We know it, you know it, the team knows it, and he sure knows it. He put up a mere 34 points playing in 82 games — the worst offensive season he had since his rookie season including a 29-game goalless stretch. With five years left on a deal paying him…