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This, That and the Other Thing

With competition for eyeballs being as hot as it is, a lot of pundits in various sports have taken to calling themselves “insiders.” When it comes to consistently predicting what’s happening or is going to happen with the Edmonton Oilers, I can probably list all the people who have the real inside dope on one…

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A Night of Thanks

I was sharing a few laughs with Barrie Stafford last week at the gala for Craig Simpson’s Never Say Never Golf Tournament and the conversation ended the way it always does whenever I see the former Edmonton Oilers’ equipment manager. “If there’s anything you need, let me know,” Stafford said.

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An Open Letter to the Minnesota Wild

With rumours circulating that former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli could be in the running for the vacant manager job in Minnesota, I wanted to sit down and write a letter to our friends in Minnesota to let them know how wonderful of an idea I think that is. In fact, I think hiring Chiarelli…

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Joe Murphy: A Year Goes By

It’s been over a year since we first found out former Edmonton Oiler Joe Murphy was destitute and homeless, living rough on the streets of Kenora, Ont. It’s a revelation that was as stunning as it was sad. Former NHL players, Stanley Cup winners, men who’ve earned millions of dollars, just don’t end up this…

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Weekly Rumours – Could the trade market heat up?

A day late, but regardless, I’m here to deliver some of the most interesting rumours from around the NHL! Is it the middle of August? Yup! But this offseason has been a very busy one and with teams still looking to either shake up their roster a little bit or simply get cap compliant, I…

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An Open Letter to Jesse Puljujarvi

With all the craziness that’s surrounding Jesse Puljujarvi this summer, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to sit down and write a letter that expresses my frustration about what’s going on. And before you complain that we’re beating this story to death, I actually tend to agree with you, just remember that we’re in…

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What About Sam?

Much of the talk as these dog days of the NHL off-season drag on is that the next order of business for Edmonton Oilers’ GM Ken Holland is to find himself a third-line centre. I wonder, might Sam Gagner be a reasonable facsimile if Holland can’t find the pivot he’s looking for?

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At Random: Trading Places

With former Edmonton Oilers Milan Lucic and Cam Talbot wearing Calgary Flames jerseys this coming season, there’ll be an extra couple of storylines added to the mix when the 2019-20 edition of the Battle of Alberta unfolds.

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Random Thoughts… Puljujarvi Doubles Down

NHL training camps open six weeks from today. Rookies will report a week earlier and will play games against other NHL rookie teams in various different tournaments or simply home and away games like the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames rookies when they play Saturday, September 7th, in Red Deer, and Tuesday, September 10th, in…