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GDB 60.0: Final Goodbye? (7pm MST, SNW)

Mark Letestu and his wife Brett will be bringing their three children to tonight’s game. Their oldest is six, and usually they don’t come to weeknight home games, but tonight is different. It most likely will be Letestu’s last game in Edmonton as a member of the Oilers and his family wants to share that…

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GDB 59.0: McDavid v. Bergeron (7pm MST, SNW)

Will we see a marquee matchup tonight? The reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross winner, Connor McDavid, versus the best defensive forward in the NHL, Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron has won the Frank Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) in four of the last six seasons. He finished second in 2016 to Anze Kopitar and was second…

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At Random: Trade Deadline

“Patty is not traded.” Edmonton Oilers’ coach Todd McLellan felt compelled this morning to clarify for the nosy and curious that winger Patrick Maroon had not been traded on the occasion of him sitting out for a second straight morning skate with an undisclosed injury. McLellan did not include the word “yet.”

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A step back

Enough with the consolation prizes. All that really matters is wins and losses. If I heard that once from fans of the Edmonton Oilers during the decade of futility leading up to a long-awaited return to the playoffs last spring, I heard it 1,000 times. As a bottom line it is, of course, true. Except…

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Three Thoughts: The vote

So, it would appear Peter Chiarelli, Edmonton Oilers’ GM and president of hockey operations, is the man boss Bob Nicholson feels comfortable moving forward with despite what’s been a desperately disappointing 2017-18 season. At least that’s my takeaway from Chiarelli’s interview on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown a couple of days ago.

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GDB 62.0: Duck Hunting (6pm MST, SNW)

The California road trip continues with a Sunday evening affair in Anaheim against the Ducks. After winning a thriller in Los Angeles last night (including a real life goal review!), you wonder how the Oilers fare will in the second half of a back-to-back weekend? Can they find the juice needed to extend the winning streak…

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Don’t Fight Destiny: Tank

I’ve been fighting it for a while, but sometime between the sixth and seventh goals against the Panthers it hit me like a bolt of lightning sent down from heavens: I’m ready for this tank.

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Doubting Drake

Every team has one. He’s the guy that the coach seems to favor and give prime opportunities to despite a total and complete lack of evidence this person deserves it. When we were kids, it was probably the coach’s son. In the NHL, it’s a lot less likely the favored player will be related to…

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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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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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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…