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GDB 19.0: Cammalleri Back Where It Started (7pm MST, SNW)

Mike Cammalleri was drafted 49th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2001. He played his first NHL game in Ottawa against the Senators on November 8th, 2002. He’d started the season in the AHL, but after scoring 20 points in only 13 games, the Kings recalled him. His fifth NHL game was in Edmonton…

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Breaking Down the Cammalleri for Jokinen Trade

An actual hockey trade. In November. They don’t happen very often. This wasn’t a major move, and neither player will be looked upon to be a difference maker for his new team, yet any trade in the NHL is a welcome topic of conversation. Let’s look at the trade.

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Shoot to Thrill

Jesse Puljujarvi threw everything but his jockstrap at Henrik Lundqvist at Madison Square Garden today in his first game with the Edmonton Oilers since being summoned from the Bakersfield Condors. That’s good news, indeed, despite a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers that put an end to a modest two-game winning streak by the…

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A Foothold?

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” That old axiom is obvious enough, and it’s also tried and true. The complication, history tells us, is that it’s easier said than done. That was the challenge facing the Edmonton Oilers when they headed out on this four-game road trip standing eye-high in a hole.

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The way I see it

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan started the trio of Mark Letestu, Zack Kassian and Iiro Pakarinen to open the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Place Sunday afternoon because they’d been his best line in the first 40 minutes of a must-win game. It that’s not a problem, I don’t know what…

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Chiarelli talks Oilers struggles and #GeneralDisappointment

Over at ESPN, Greg Wyshynski transcribed a quick scrum with Peter Chiarelli where he describes feeling disappointed in the Oilers’ season so far. While he didn’t get too specific about what’s gone wrong, he did help spawn a new hashtag for us that will live on for as long as the Oilers are struggling. Ladies…

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Zack Kassian’s on ice trash talk is savage

If you’re a fan of on ice shenanigans and trash talking, then you’ll enjoy the tasty little nugget about Zack Kassian that dropped on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast this week. I will say, though, if you’re easily triggered by grown ass men being mean to each other then you probably should be here. Don’t say I…

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Blues 4, Oilers 1 post-game Oil Spills: Outclassed by the best of the West

After last week’s solid Eastern road trip and the subsequent thrashing of the Golden Knights, most of us wanted to tell ourselves everything was turning around. But that wasn’t the case. The Oilers got badly outclassed by the St. Louis Blues, who rolled into Edmonton and proved why they have the best record in the…

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Trading Good Process for Shooting Talent

With the Oilers making an actual trade there will be lots of focus on the players as they leave and enter Edmonton. Surely there will be many different perspectives on both Jussi Jokinen and Mike Cammalleri as well as why they were traded for each other. To me, it comes down to the Oilers desperately…

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Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

I have a lot of time for Kailer Yamamoto. He earned the right to play for the Oilers in October with his performance in September. After training camp, he was no worse than the second best right winger for the Oilers. Today, that may still be the case but the best thing for Edmonton is…

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Report: Oilers Unhappy With Strome Deal

Sometimes you’re just sitting there, watching Hockey Night in Canada — minding your own business — and someone says something that makes you think, “Well what were you expecting?” It happened to me when Nick Kypreos said that the Oilers were already disappointed with the Eberle/Strome trade and were thinking about moving Ryan Strome already.

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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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Oilers assign Yamomoto, recall Malone

On Monday morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced the assignment of Kailer Yamamoto to the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League. The Oilers also recalled Brad Malone from the AHL.

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Laurent Brossoit’s usefulness hindered by infrequent starts

On Sunday evening, Laurent Brossoit played in his fourth regular season game of the year for the Edmonton Oilers. In it, he made just 18 saves, but allowed just one goal; he and the Oilers saw the Washington Capitals fail to hit 20 recorded shots through regulation and overtime, falling eventually in the shootout after…

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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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Mike Cammalleri and Other Old Guy Additions from the Last Decade

The Edmonton Oilers weren’t very good for the large part of the past decade. When you’re not making the playoffs you’re usually sending players out instead of bringing them in. Despite this, the Oilers still managed to add an older, useful veteran every so often that would make the last half of the season more…

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Separating McDavid and Draisaitl

Is it time for Todd McLellan to split Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl up 5-on-5? McDavid and Draisaitl have played together virtually all season, and both are on pace for stellar individual campaigns again, but the Oilers remain dead last in the league in goals scored. They’re a wonderful combination, but loading up one line means…

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Darnell Nurse and the Defence

Edmonton had a massive hole to fill when Andrej Sekera tore his ACL during the playoffs last season. Sekera played the second most minutes among Oilers defencemen behind Oscar Klefbom in all situations. Peter Chiarelli chose to re-sign Kris Russell and bet that Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning could take on more minutes, instead of…