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Painful to Watch…

I love hockey, but the Stanley Cup Playoffs have become a snooze fest. Unless you like very few scoring chances, barely any goals, never ending blocked shots and no-risk hockey. If you are a fan of the Islanders, Lightning, Stars or Golden Knights, you probably disagree, but that’s likely because you have an emotional connection…

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Tuesday 10 Thoughts: NHL Draft, RFA Concerns and More

The 2020 NHL draft is three weeks from today. There will be the usual hype and excitement, as 217 players will hear their name called. It will be a thrill for them and their families, and maybe a bit more special as they had to wait an extra 106 days to enjoy the moment due…

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Finding a Third-Line Centre: The Trade Options

In my opinion, the Oiler’s two biggest needs heading into this coming offseason are upgrading their goaltending and finding a solid third-line centre who can give them a solid third scoring line. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been going through some of the players that could be available for them to acquire. I started…

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Best NHL Forwards at Carrying The Puck into Offensive Zone

Puck possession has become more of a focus in the NHL over the past few seasons, and I don’t see that trend changing. A well placed chip-and-chase, or even a dump-and-chase, can also be effective, but successful coaches have encouraged puck possession more than ever recently. A few weeks ago I looked at defencemen who…

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Never Forget

Time passes so quickly and I find that my recollection of scores and statistics from all my years covering the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL beat fade. I need to look them up. Not so my memories of the people – whether I knew them well or just in passing — who I met along…