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GDB -7.0: Battle of the Backups (8:30 pm MST, SN1)

I can understand if there was a collective shudder across Oilersnation last night as Mikko Koskinen allowed a goal on the first shot of the game, and then allowed a goal on the first shot of the second period. Giving up a goal on the first shot of the game is never ideal, and it…

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GDB -8.0: First Impressions

Tonight will be the first opportunity for Oilers players to make a first impression on their new coaches. Head coach Todd McLellan hasn’t shared his opinions of players with Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney or Manny Viveiros. He wants the coaches to form their own opinion before sharing how he views the strengths and weaknesses of…

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Oilers Training Camp: Day One

The Oilers hit the ice at 10 a.m. this morning, with 59 players split across three groups. Scottie Upshall (knee) and Drake Caggiula (illness) didn’t skate today. Caggiula has the flu and will be on the ice soon, while Upshall could return this weekend. The line combinations give us a pretty good insight into how…

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Opportunity and Redemption

At what is a clearly a crossroads in his NHL career, it’s not lost on Ty Rattie that he is never going to get a better opportunity to prove he belongs in the best league on the planet than the one that awaits him playing on the right wing alongside Connor McDavid with the Edmonton…

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Three Things: Day One

So, the Edmonton Oilers opened their 2018 training camp today with physicals and defenceman Darnell Nurse wasn’t among the players pumping the bike and being poked and prodded with the ink still damp on the two-year bridge deal everybody expected to be done by now. How does this happen? Even as August turned to September…

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Real Life

Every so often, whether it’s here in the city the Edmonton Oilers call home or elsewhere, we are reminded that hockey, a pursuit so many people are passionate about, is just a game. No matter how greatly it stirs the emotions, which is one of its endearing qualities and speaks to our emotional investment, it…

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Oilers trim training camp roster, send 15 players to Bakersfield

After sending back a trio of prospects ahead of yesterday’s pre-season game against the Flames, the Oilers continued to trim down the roster today by sending back 15 players to the Bakersfield Condors. With the Oilers heading over to Europe to start their 2018-19 season, the coaching staff isn’t wasting any time in getting their…

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Oilers cut three from training camp roster

With the pre-season underway, the Oilers started their roster cuts early with three players already being sent back to their respective junior clubs. Ahead of yesterday’s pre-season game against the Flames, Kirill Maksimov, Olivier Rodrigue, and Dmitri Samorukov were all sent back to their respective junior teams. Considering the team will be leaving for Europe…

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WWYDW: Managing the blueline

Darnell Nurse! He’s signed! Though I don’t think there was really any doubt that Nurse would get a deal figured out before the start of the season, it’s nice to know that the Oilers are rolling into pre-season action at full strength. Well, mostly at full strength.

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Pacific Preview: The Kings need their stars to dominate

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the teams of the Pacific Division from an Oilers perspective.  The Kings have spent their past four seasons since winning the 2012 Stanley Cup bouncing in and out of the playoffs. Will that trend continue in 2018-19?

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Trading Lucic to a Floor Team

This morning, I looked at a tweet from Andy Strickland and found myself compelled to write about it. It was a one-liner about a potential Lucic deal that filled me with more hope than dread and here we are.

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Looking back at Strome’s season

At the beginning of the season, I thought the expectations that the team and many fans were placing on Ryan Strome were unrealistically high. He played all 82 Oiler games this year and now we have a chance to review what he accomplished and try to project moving forward.

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Puljujarvi to the Top Six

Based on the lines from practice, the Oilers — after 80 games — have finally decided on letting Puljujarvi get another taste of the top six. I know what you’re thinking: “What if this kid blows it for the Oilers in these critical games?” I’m here to rest your mind at ease.

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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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“I think he’s gotten even faster” – Nuge on McDavid

We’ve talked about this endlessly but I just can’t stop thinking about it. Connor McDavid is already the best player on the universe. He’s said time and time again that he wants to become an even BETTER player and you always end up snickering to yourself because you think: “how can the best player we’ve…

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Life, death, and contract holdouts

Warm summer nights start to cool off around the end of August here in Alberta. The grass will soon start to brown as leaves fall off the trees and the apples on the trees in your backyard will soon fall to the ground.

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Tobias Rieder and his road traveled home

Tobias Rieder was a steal of a pick for the Edmonton Oilers when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He had just come off a season in which he notched 49 points in 65 games and played in both the U-20 and U-18 tournaments. The U-18 tournament saw…

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Farewell to Laurent Brossoit, the backup that never panned out

When the Edmonton Oilers picked up goaltender Laurent Brossoit in the trade that sent defender Laddy Smid to the Calgary Flames, the first few years post-trade seemed like a home run for the Oil in a slew of years that didn’t pan out. Of course, things didn’t work out quite the way they looked like…

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GDB 82.0: A somber farewell to the 2017-18 season

In Game 82 of the 2017-18 Edmonton Oilers season, the ending was bittersweet. With a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks in the final seconds of the season, the beleaguered Oil managed to end on a somewhat high note. They scored two goals in regulation, both earning points for Connor McDavid to earn him…

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Is this the Plan?

Back in March, Oilers Entertainment Group Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman Bob Nicholson hopped on Hockey Night in Canada to discuss the Oilers’ disappointing season with Sportnet’s David Amber, Cassie Campbell, and Doug MacLean. Nicholson wasn’t happy with the season, and talked about evaluating, high expectations, and patience. Twitter blew up. Oilers fans heard it all…

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Offseason Moves: Oilers vs. the Pacific

Last week, I asked if the Oilers really improved this offseason. They signed Kyle Brodziak, Tobias Rieder, and Kevin Gravel (Mikko Koskinen earlier, too), but most of those players simply replace players sent away at the trade deadline. If the Oilers are going to move up the standings it will be based off internal development…