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THE HUNT FOR CONNOR MCDAVID

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Brad Hunt from the minors this morning. The club is looking for ways to improve their 5×4 play and it’s likely they consider Hunt’s shot from the point the best available in the organization. The recall brings us many questions, including: Where does Martin Marincin fit in with this organization?…

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Sitting Down with Ryan Robinson

Right now, you may be asking yourself who the hell is Ryan Robinson?  Well… Ryan is the guy behind the emotional “Life As An Oilers Fan” video that has been making the rounds of the Oilogosphere in the past few days.  If you haven’t watched Ryan’s video, take a few minutes to do that today….

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Sitting Down with Yukon Jack

The Oilers are crumbling, and sometimes it can be tough to write about the same things over and over again.  I wanted to get a fresh perspective on what’s happening, so I reached out to local radio legend Yukon Jack to see if he could make some sense of what’s going on with the Oilers….

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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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NHL DRAFT TALK WITH KYLE WOODLIEF

Kyle Woodlief is the chief scout and publisher of the Red Line Report. He is a former NHL scout and has been involved in the draft for years. The Red Line Report has been a very good source for the draft in the past, and I caught up with Woodlief to get his thoughts on…

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Getting to know Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett will turn 18 one week before the 2014 NHL entry draft. His belated birthday present to himself will be hearing his name called early in the draft, most likely within the top five picks. Bennett told me is 6’1″ and 180 pounds, and that he plans to add between 5-10 pounds this summer…

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Sitting Down with Gene Principe

I got a chance to have a chat with Gene Principe and find out what makes the Prince of Puns tick. I used some of your questions and some from around Nation HQ to find out the history behind his pre-game segments, what keeps him going, who’s the best Oiler to interview and some other…

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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.