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Many things need to change

It is December 2nd, and once again the Oilers’ hope of a playoff spot is officially over. The Oilers have accumulated a paltry 16 points in their first 25 games. They would need 76 points over their final 57 games to reach 92 points, the current pace for 8th place in the west. It isn’t…

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HOW GOOD IS CONNOR MCDAVID?

There are two things most hockey fans agree on: Connor McDavid is a generational talent and the Edmonton Oilers shouldn’t be awarded another No. 1 overall pick. In the NHL, ‘fair’ doesn’t exist.

Picked 1st, Used Last

#146700555 / gettyimages.com Being selected 1st Overall in the NHL Entry Draft is a major accomplishment and an acknowledgement of the potential that those few who have been taken 1st have within them. It’s actually pretty rare that there isn’t consensus on who the 1st pick should be. These players dominated in their eligible years…

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Will Kane and Toews’ contracts change NHL pay scale?

The Chicago Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to identical eight-year, $84 million contracts last week. They are the face of the Blackhawks so it made sense to re-sign them, just not at that price for Toews. With a combined $21 million cap hit the new deals will limit the Hawks ability to add proven depth…

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WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR (AND THIS TIME WE MEAN IT!)

Another spring, same shopping list. A big center, a defenseman with a mean look and hair on his ass and maybe a shot from the point. WHY did they send Sheldon Souray away again? Anyway, Craig MacTavish has a busy summer ahead and he needs to be active. When he goes to market, what will…

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Nugent-Hopkins Non-Starter

I don’t really believe in untouchable players. If the right deal comes along, any player is moveable. But it has to be the right deal, and I don’t think there’s one out there involving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

WTF? The Dany Edition

If you’re asking me, let’s hope the done deal for Dany Heatley that came undone last night stays that way. The Edmonton Oilers will be better off without him.