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Monday Musings…

History tends to repeat itself, until a drastic change is implemented to change course. It is why we have seen, in any sport, the good franchises stay competitive or well-run for years, while the losing franchises stink for years, sometimes decades. Improvement only occurs when a major change in philosophy, approach or personnel is made….

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NHL Should Listen to Theo Epstein

In 2002, Theo Epstein became the youngest GM in Major League Baseball history when the Boston Red Sox hired him at 28 years of age. He won two World Series with the Red Sox, before stepping down to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs in October of 2011. The Cubbies won…

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Can the Oilers Score More “Gritty” Goals

The Edmonton Oilers scored 3.14 goals/game last season, which ranked 15th in the NHL, and they managed that despite being 29th in shots on goal/game with 29.6. Their power play was a league best 29.5% and they led the NHL with 59 power play goals, which helped their overall offence significantly. At 5×5 the Oilers…

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The Way Ray Sees It…

While we sit and wait to find exactly out how and when the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL might get up and running again for another season, Bryn Griffiths and I took some time to chat this morning with TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, whose takes on hockey are as solid as anybody I know.

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Next Season: My Two Cents

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants a season. Fans of the Edmonton Oilers want a season. I want a season. Thanks, Captain Obvious. The trick is figuring out when that season starts and what it looks like, given everything is a moving target and a pain in the backside because of COVID-19. I’ve got some thoughts…

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Let’s get it on!

Having known former Edmonton Oilers’ tough guy Georges Laraque going on 25 years, suffice to say the buzz I came across while surfing the internet on Monday grabbed my attention. Stuff like “Laraque wants to fight Mike Tyson” and “Laraque calls out Tyson.” I said, pardon?