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The Backup Goalie Market

The list of needs for the Edmonton Oilers this summer is pretty much agreed upon by most who follow the team. They need one or two wingers, a right shot defenseman and maybe another depth forward. The other item that’s sometimes thrown on the list is a backup goalie that’s better than Al Montoya and…

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RFA Profile: Drake Caggiula is still carving out a niche

Part of the reason Peter Chiarelli viewed Jordan Eberle as expendable, I think, was what appeared to be a glut of secondary scoring on the wings ready to take a step forward. One of those wingers expected to take on a bigger role on the team after the Eberle trade was Drake Caggiula, Edmonton’s big…

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Love the D

There has been a lot of discussion about the Oilers need to get their hands on an offensive d-man, preferably one that was forced to shoot right as a child.

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Ties that bind

Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan spent the last two seasons on opposite sides of the Battle of Alberta, but that didn’t stop them from picking up the telephone, having a chat and deciding they’d travel back to Saskatchewan, where they both have roots, together to see what they could do to help in the wake…

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Fun Debates and a Big Thank You

April is a wonderful time to be a sports fan. You have hockey playoffs in the AJHL, WHL, AHL and NHL. You have NBA playoffs. MLB has begun, the NFL draft is next week, followed by the CFL draft, and the NHL will announce the finalists for player awards. There is no shortage of topics…

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Oilers aren’t helping Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson is the CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group, which consists of sports and entertainment entities. Under the OEG umbrella is the Edmonton Oilers, the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Oil Country Championship (golf tournament), and the OEG operates Rogers Place. Las week, Nicholson announced Peter Chiarelli would be staying on in…

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The Oilers and Kovalchuk

Ilya Kovalchuk’s birthday was a little more important this year. When the Russian sniper turned 35 years old, he officially became an unrestricted free agent. The story around Kovalchuk has been well documented. He signed a historic 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils in 2010 only to walk away from it in 2013 and…

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Five reasons I’m excited about next season

Alright, so the season is done and we’re all salty about the way things went, which is expected and understandable, but I wanted to try to bring a little sunshine in this otherwise dreary Oilers-world we’re living in. I wanted to try and turn the narrative a little bit and give you guys five reasons…

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Three Thoughts: On the way?

To understate, it’s been awhile since the Edmonton Oilers drafted and developed a goaltender who turned out to actually be worth the wait. That would be Devan Dubnyk, who was taken 14th overall in 2004, navigated the minefield that was Edmonton’s minor league maze, graduated to the Oilers’ crease on a bad team during the…

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The Ducks are bad and it makes me happy

I need to preface this article by saying that yes, I understand that the Oilers are not in the playoffs this year and the Ducks are. They earned more points than us in the regular season, I get it. BUT I don’t care what you say about me being a salty Oilers fan because that’s…

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RFA Profile: Ryan Strome gave the Oilers what they should have expected

Ryan Strome was thrown into an unenviable situation this year. After back-to-back disappointing, sub 40-point seasons with the New York Islanders, Strome was sent to Edmonton in a deal for Jordan Eberle. The trade was one-for-one. No matter what, whether it was fair or not, Strome was forever going to be linked to the player…

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Oilers Upper Hierarchy Needs to be Better

Daryl Katz purchased the Edmonton Oilers on June 18th, 2008. Under his watch, the Oilers have been the worst team in the NHL. They have missed the playoffs nine times, finishing in the bottom ten all nine years. Their success under Katz has been almost non-existent, except during the draft lottery. Since Katz purchased the…