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Thank you…

One of things I’m most proud about living in the Edmonton area is how generous readers of Oilersnation and listeners to my radio show on TSN 1260 are. You are diehard sports fans and even when your favourite team is frustrating you, it doesn’t stop you from wanting to help others. Thank you.

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What will Bob Nicholson do?

Bob Nicholson has never been in this position before. As President of Hockey Canada, he never had to contemplate firing a head coach or general manager during the tournament. The U17, U18, U20 (World Juniors), World Championships (men and women), and the Olympics (men and women), were so short once the decision was made on who…

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Kris Russell had a good first half

Kris Russell had a solid first half of the season. He leads the Oilers defencemen in scoring with 16 points. He is +4. He has a 52.54 FF%, trailing only Oscar Klefbom 52.6% and Darnell Nurse 56.5%. He’s played every game, has skated the second most EV minutes among defenders and he’s only played 180…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Fernando Pisani (3)

For eight weeks during the spring of 2006, the Edmonton Oilers treated their fans to a roller-coaster ride in the NHL playoffs that took them to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was a thrill that the faithful in Edmonton hadn’t experienced since 1990, when the Oilers sipped from…

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Three Thoughts: What happens in Vegas…

Las Vegas has always been a lot of fun — too much fun in a lot of cases — but I’ve got to admit I wasn’t convinced hockey was a fit for Sin City when the NHL handed the expansion keys to the Vegas Golden Knights. Losing your shirt (and pants) gambling? Sure. Night life? Duh! The…

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Top 10 Unsung Heroes: Ethan Moreau (4)

It’s only mid-January during a season in which many people, me included, were confident the Edmonton Oilers would build on their long-awaited return to the playoffs last spring. That long ago went sideways. Fans are pissed. They want answers. What they don’t want is the latest instalment of our ongoing Unsung Heroes list. I get…

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The Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic

If you’ve ever wanted to see the crew at Nation HQ ‘play the game’ then this is your opportunity. Next month, we’ll be heading out to Lake Louise to join in on the Annual Lake Louise Pond Hockey Classic and you’re all invited to join us.

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Oilers midterm report card: Defencemen and Goaltenders

The Oilers are on their bye week right now, which is a good thing for the team and fans alike. I think we all need a bit of a break. 2017-18 hasn’t been kind to the Oilers as the team has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that stemmed from their breakout season…

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WWYDW: Time Travel

Last week after Peter Chiarelli made his way through Edmonton’s media gauntlet to explain what went wrong this season, I asked the Nation what everyone would ask the Oilers’ general manager if they had an opportunity to ask one question. A lot of people wanted to know what the hell he was thinking when he…

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Stop Using Plus-Minus

I had an interaction this morning that hurt my brain and my soul a little. It was about the difference between Plus-Minus (+/-) and Goal Differential (5v5, Even Strength, and All Situations). My takeaway from the interaction was that we still have a long way to go in dispelling the awful mythology of plus-minus.

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Kris Russell: Another Perspective

Fellow Oilersnation writer Jason Gregor wrote a piece on Kris Russell that really highlighted the positives behind Kris Russell’s play this season. As we’ve never seen eye to eye on the job Russell has done here as an Oiler, I thought it might be interesting to do a response piece. Sort of another perspective touching…

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Cody Ceci???

I’m pretty critical of people in positions of power. Sometimes I’m accused of being too critical, perhaps even a touch negative when it comes to the Oilers, a team that appears poised to miss the playoffs for the 11th time in 12 years. So often before I write these things I sit back and think…

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The sky is falling vol. 15035

There is always one person on the rollercoaster that gets to the end of the ride and says, “That’s all there is?” For as long as there have been ups there have been downs and there are always people who are going to bitch and complain right to a Stanley Cup win, then immediately start…

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The Era of Squeee is Over

With news that Jordan Eberle was traded to the New York Islanders today for Ryan Strome a chapter of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club book has officially closed. The era of Squee is over.

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PLAYOFF DRAMA

For the first time in the 2017 NHL Playoffs (which the Oilers are in for the 1st time in 11 years btw) we find ourselves trailing in the second round (meaning we got past the 1st) and people be TRIPPIN! Since when does an NHL record for collapse mean we panic around these parts?

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The RIP ELC Photoshop contest

Whether you’ve been a Nation citizen for a while now, or have just started following us, you should know that we’re big fans of photoshop contests. Photoshops give us another avenue to cheer/rant about the Oilers and some of the work you guys come up with is absolutely hilarious. As you all probably have heard,…

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Report: Anton Slepyshev on trade block

According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, earlier today Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli informed general managers around the NHL that Anton Slepyshev is available in a trade. The 23-year old Russian winger was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft by the Oilers. In 70 NHL games, he has scored only 14 points and in…

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Playoffs?

It was November 25, 2001 when the Indianapolis Colts lost to the San Fransisco 49ers dropping the team to 4-6 on the season. The Colts made five offensive turnovers, one of which resulted in a touchdown while three others set up field position for touchdown-scoring drives.

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GDB 45.0 Wrap-up: Comeback Kids

Is Al Montoya the new Goalie Of The Future? FINAL SCORE: OILERS 4, COYOTES 2 THE RUNDOWN The Oilers came into their Friday night game against the Arizona Coyotes on the tail end of a three-game losing streak, looking to right the ship against one of the league’s most miserably performing franchises so far this…

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In Search of the Real Milan Lucic

Most interviews with hockey players, and really all pro athletes in North America, are immediately forgettable. The player says little of substance, usually throws in a cliché or two, and the whole things is over relatively quickly, and wiped from my memory shortly thereafter. There are exceptions to this obviously, but nine times out of…

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Spend the money and find this year’s Kris Russell

Yesterday morning I stepped outside to light my barbeque and begin my preparations for the Eskimos annual Labour Day game in Calgary (for me the barbeque was the best part of the day), and I noticed that it didn’t feel like summer anymore. That I was barefoot and standing on concrete helped drive the point…

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Forecasting the Second Half

The Oilers entered the second half of the season with playoff hopes dashed and fans enraged. Offseason bets haven’t worked out, and the long-term effects of downgrading in skill each summer are showing.