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Kailer Yamamoto is signed but now what?

On Wednesday afternoon, the Oilers announced that the team had re-signed Kailer Yamamoto to a two-year, $3.1 million contract extension and I was pumped to see it. I personally think Yamamoto is a big part of moving this ship forward and that’s why getting him done for two years was important, but as much as…

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Off the Top of My Head

If we’re finally doing this right, Saturday’s announcement that Michael Brind’Amour had stepped down as a member and chair of the Hockey Canada board of directors is just the first shoe to drop in the wake of the scandal that’s come to light about the 2018 sexual assault of a woman. Since the initial story…

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Where Can the Oilers’ Offence Improve?

The Edmonton Oilers scored 285 goals last season, the most the organization has scored since 1992. They averaged 3.48 goals/game in 2022 which tied them with Tampa Bay for seventh best in the NHL and had them behind Florida, Toronto, St. Louis, Colorado, Minnesota and Calgary. The offence was a strength last season, and should…

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Weekly Rumours – The Quiet Days

Things are pretty quiet around the league right now. We got the big Matthew Tkachuk trade a few weeks ago and since then, there’s basically been no news except a few teams and players settling to avoid arbitration. For the Oilers specifically, I applaud Ken Holland for avoiding arbitration with both Puljujarvi and Yamamoto. I…

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Next Chapter

It was one year ago almost to the day, Aug. 2, 2021, when I was poking some fun at Kevin Lowe over the barn fight that never was with Brian Burke. It was a beef that started in 2007 when Lowe put an offer sheet on Dustin Penner when Burke was running the show with…

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Which Oilers could regress in 2022-23?

Last week, I looked at which Oilers could reasonably be expected to improve next season. That list included names like Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto, and surprisingly, Connor McDavid. Now, it’s time to look at the not-so-fun side of this conversation: players who could regress next season.

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Hockey Canada and Hockey Culture Needs to Change

Rarely is sexual abuse covered as publicly as we’ve seen with the case(s) involving Hockey Canada. Even when former CHL head coach Graham James’ history of abuse, which spanned decades, came to light, there was no House of Commons committee. Maybe this is a sign that the hockey community, and society overall, is ready to…