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What if the NHL Doesn’t Play in 2020/2021?

No fanbase in pro sports is more equipped to handle the disappointment of a season without their favourite sport than the NHL’s. In the past 30 years, you’ve endured three lockouts/strikes. The 1994/1995 season was reduced to 48 games, so too was the 2012/2013 season, and the entire 2004/2005 was washed out as the players…

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NHL Alignment Options for Next Season

Yesterday, Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley got people’s attention when he said, “Yeah, but they’re going to be playing in the Canadian Division next year,” in response to how it would be facing Nate Schmidt and the Vancouver Canucks. Many interpreted Foley’s comments as though a Canadian division is guaranteed. Is it?

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Help Me Understand…

Welcome to another edition of Help Me Understand. Sports, hot takes and narratives. Some make sense, others perplex me.

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A Clean Slate

Having seen stubbornness ignite a tire fire more than a time or two over the years when the relationship between a team and a player goes sideways, I wasn’t very confident just a few months ago that Jesse Puljujarvi had any kind of a future with the Edmonton Oilers.

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Money Well-Spent

We’ll probably see general manager Ken Holland open up the Edmonton Oilers’ wallet a little wider in coming days as he looks for a goaltender and a defenceman. He’s made that possible while staring a flat cap in the face by signing value contracts through the first day of the free agent season.

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The Way I See It…

In the normal course of business, the NHL Entry Draft gets its own window for buzz and speculation before the free agency season takes over the spotlight a couple of weeks of later. Of course, 2020 has been anything but a normal year in terms of timeline thanks to COVID-19.

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Nielson’s Notes: Oilers – Golden Knights Edition

We are closing in on the middle of March and the Oilers hosted the Golden Knights with a chance to move into first place in the Pacific. Thanks to an amazing performance from Mikko Koskinen the Oilers managed to pick up a point and increase their cushion in the race for second place in the…

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The Numbers Game

Ladies and gentlemen, another round of applause for Ken Holland, please. One of the best off-season bets for Holland has paid off and now Josh Archibald has two more years to work his ass off with the Oilers here in Edmonton.

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The Mother of All Months

After tonight’s game against Winnipeg, the Oilers have 17 games remaining on their schedule, 16 of those will take place in March before wrapping up against the Flames on April 4th.

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The waiting is the hardest part…

Does anyone else feel like this is the strangest and longest offseason ever despite the fact that it on;y just started? We’re getting the mid-July lull in October and it’s really starting to mess with my head.

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Monday Mailbag – Is Ken Holland done making moves?

Welcome, friends, to a fresh edition of the Monday Mailbag where our panel of expert bloggers answers all of your Oilers related questions and give you a few minutes of time killing distraction from whatever you have going on today. This week, we’re looking back at Ken Holland’s work at the NHL draft, free agency,…

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GDB 40.0 Wrap-Up: Koskinen Comes up just short in 4-2 Christmas Heartbreaker

Mikko Koskinen did his absolute darndest to give the Edmonton Oilers their shot to potentially head into the holiday break first in the Pacific Division. Some unlucky bounces, a controversial goal, and a deflated third period worked against his best efforts, though. So although the Oilers got themselves off to a fairly nice start against…

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GDB 31.0 Wrap-Up: Back on Top (Oilers 2, Kings 1)

Well, well, well. Good to be back on top, isn’t it? The Edmonton Oilers briefly slipped from their spot atop the Pacific Division on Thursday and through most of the day on Friday, getting temporarily usurped by the Arizona Coyotes (2015 seems to far away!) to look down upon [most of] the rest of the…

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Building a Better Bottom Six

The recent success Leon Draisaitl’s had with Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gives the Oilers a one-two punch they haven’t had in McDavid’s career before (though, that trio won’t be together tonight). Ken Holland added wingers Andreas Athanasiou and Tyler Ennis at the trade deadline. Can the Edmonton Oilers create a scary group of forwards…

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Oilers Through 80 Percent: Three Up, Three Down

The Edmonton Oilers are through 80 percent of their games in the 2019-20 season. Their 36-23-8 record is very solid and leaves them on track to make the playoffs for the second time in 14 years. I last wrote about which Oilers were trending up or down at the 40-percent mark. Let’s check in which Oilers…

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Caleb Jones is playing well in Oscar Klefbom’s absence

As far as big stories on defence go, Ethan Bear takes most of the spotlight in 2019-20. Bear is averaging almost 22 minutes a game and has five goals and 21 points playing in a top-four role with Darnell Nurse. Bear is logging big minutes and the Oilers do well with him on the ice…