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WWYDW: The coaching staff

On Tuesday afternoon, the Calgary Flames announced that they were relieving Glen Gulutzan and his staff of their duties. After a disappointing season in which the Flames missed the playoffs despite going all-in in the off-season with the acquisitions of Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic, management decided the coaching staff deserved to take the fall…

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WWYDW: How to get that defenceman

Peter Chiarelli addressed the media today after an incredibly disappointing 2017-18 season. The Oilers were expected to contend for a Stanley Cup, but, instead, they’ll be golfing early this summer. There wasn’t a hell of a lot of interesting stuff to come out of this press conference, which isn’t all that surprising. They’re evaluating, they’re disappointed,…

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WWYDW: Jesse Puljujarvi

The Oilers will play their second-last game of the season tomorrow against the Golden Knights. Jesse Puljujarvi and Jujhar Khaira are sliding into the top six as Leon Draisaitl’s wingers. It’s been an excellent season for Khaira, the third-round pick from 2012, but it’s been a somewhat disappointing season for Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick…

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WWYDW: Cam Talbot’s next contract

There’s no way around it — Cam Talbot has had a bad season. He’s at the top of the list of disappointments among this group that has ultimately massively underperformed expectations. After his first two seasons with the club and a 2016-17 season in which he finished fourth in Vezina Trophy voting, starting goaltending was never an…

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WWYDW: Ilya Kovalchuk

Alright, I’m very aware I’m going to completely contradict an article I wrote on Monday, but there’s something incredibly exciting about the idea of the best player not currently playing in the NHL, another former first overall pick, playing on Connor McDavid’s wing.

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WWYDW: The Playoff Format

The Oilers are going to miss the playoffs this year. But there’s a silver lining: The league’s general managers are considering adding more teams to the playoff structure. You might not have faith in Pistol Pete’s ability to pull this team up from the gutter, but if the league actually does go through and expand the playoffs,…

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WWYDW: Line Combinations

The Oilers have all but been eliminated from playoff contention at this point, so they’re riding out the season playing spoiler and doing tryouts for next season. After selling Patrick Maroon and Mark Letestu at the trade deadline, Todd McLellan has a few open spots to test out different players in different roles.

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WWYDW: Milan Lucic

For Milan Lucic, our large adult son, the bad times are compounding these days and there doesn’t look to be any relief in sight. The veteran winger has now gone 27 straight games without a goal. It’s the longest such streak he’s ever had in the NHL outside of his rookie season in Boston. So the…

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WWYDW: TANK CITY

Oh, you think the tank is your ally. But you merely adopted the tank; I was born in it, molded by it.

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WWYDW: Shut down Klefbom?

Oscar Klefbom hasn’t been the same this season. Last season was a breakout for Klefbom. He appeared to be on his way into evolving into a top-pairing defenceman. This season, though, has been a step backwards. It was expected that he was going to fill into Andrej Sekera’s role as the team’s top defender while…

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WWYDW: What does a successful finish to the season look like?

Have you heard? The NHL’s trade deadline is in two-and-a-half weeks and the Oilers are on the outside of a playoff spot by a large margin. Of course you’ve heard. The Oilers’ strategy when it comes to navigating through the deadline is the biggest story surrounding the team right now. But after a commanding win against…

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WWYDW: All-Star Weekend

We just wrapped up the NHL’s 63rd annual All-Star weekend in Tampa Bay, an event in which the league’s brightest stars come together for a largely apathetic celebration of hockey greatness and fans gather on The Twitter to complain about how boring it all is. What a tradition!