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Don’t Panic on Koskinen

Don’t ask players to do more than they are capable of and then be upset when they fall short. This applies perfectly to Mikko Koskinen. Koskinen is not capable of being an every day starter for long stretches. He is best when he is the backup or when he has to split duties. Don’t ask…

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Are the Oilers Better?

I don’t know if the Oilers are a better team overall, but they certainly will be different when the puck drops for the 2021/2022 season. Edmonton had 28 skaters and three goalies play a game in Oilers silks last season, and there will be at least seven new faces on the 2021/2022 opening night roster,…

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Barrie Signing, Bear Trade. What does it Mean?

Does re-signing Tyson Barrie and trading Ethan Bear help the Edmonton Oilers? There isn’t an easy answer, but to look at it correctly we need to look at all angles. Let’s start with the basics. Barrie has been a regular NHLer for the past eight seasons. So let’s look at what has occurred to date.

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Off the Top of My Head

The old saying is you only get one chance to make a first impression. From everything I saw after the Edmonton Oilers acquired former Toronto Maple Leafs’ left winger Zach Hyman when the UFA season opened Wednesday, he aced his introduction to local fans and media.

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The Early Bird

Like Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland, fans of the Oil Drop were revved up and ready to roll this morning. Holland had made three separate deals and fans were complaining about at least two of them BEFORE the UFA season officially opened at 10 a.m. The early bird gets the worm. Much debate to follow.

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Off the Top of My Head

Unless Xavier Bourgault develops more quickly than most forwards taken in the bottom-third of the first round in any given NHL Entry Draft, we won’t know what kind of impact he’ll have with the Edmonton Oilers until fans have had two or three seasons to judge the deal that’s going to bring Zach Hyman to…

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For better or worse, this is now Ken Holland’s team

When we see general managers take over organizations, it usually takes a bit for them to make their mark on the club. They’re often left with a mess to clean up. Bad contracts, lack of prospects, and a team typically further away from winning than not.