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Found Money

The prospects who get drafted are the ones who work hard, produce well and have the dimensions that NHL clubs want. It’s an uphill battle even for the players whom an NHL club has already put their stamp of approval on — they won’t all make the NHL. Then there are the ones who didn’t get…

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Protecting Connor McDavid

It took all of one game for questions about the Edmonton Oilers’ ability to protect Connor McDavid to surface. It wasn’t a regular season game, which would have been too much to hope for, but I had been optimistic that we’d at least be able to wait until the preseason before the inevitable hair-pulling about…

Is There Room for Gazdic?

Luke Gazdic is the most skilled Oilers forward when it comes to fisticuffs, but if he is going to be a regular in the lineup he’ll need to be more than just a fighter. Gazdic lost a few pounds — not that he was too heavy, he simply wanted to get leaner and quicker. But…

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Skipping School

We’ll keep calling it the McDavid factor until someone else comes up with something catchy. He’s been the catalyst for sweeping changes in Oil Country. Even before being drafted he was responsible for the end of the Glory Days Oilers in management and the turnaround in respectability that the Oilers experienced. He’s unquestionably the reason…

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Sitting Down With Gord Steinke

If you’ve watched TV in the last two decades the chances of you seeing Gord Steinke is an absolute certainty. The man is a legend in our city. Whether he’s talking current events, riding his motorcycle, or slappin’ the bass with his band, Gord Steinke is a fixture in our city, and I was lucky…

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Sitting Down With Jonathan Torrens

Whether you know him as J-Roc from Trailer Park Boys, from Mr. D, or as the host of Jonovision, Jonathan Torrens has been a mainstay on Canadian television for over two decades. What you may not know is that he is a massive Oilers fan despite being born on PEI. I was lucky enough to sit down with…

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Edmonton Oilers pass on buyout window

Tuesday was the last day to place players on unconditional waivers prior to a buyout, and the Oilers passed on the opportunity, meaning that the obvious candidates for severance will either have to be moved in some other manner or will be around next season. And that’s just fine.

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A CONVERSATION WITH PAUL AND GRIFFIN REINHART

On the weekend I had a chance (along with Paul Almeida) to talk with Paul and Griffin Reinhart. It was mere hours after the trade that brought Griffin to the Oilers and both men were pleased with the opportunity.

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Sitting Down with Eric Johnson

Whether you know him from his current show ‘The Knick‘ or as young Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall, Eric Johnson is an iconic pillar of entertainment. Not only is he a great actor, he’s also a massive Nation fan. Fortunately for all of us, Eric cleared some time in his schedule to sit down and…

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The NationDrafts Winner Is…

You picked your team. You watched the playoffs. You hoped to score prizes and Internet glory. Today, we make a dream come true as we announce the winner of the 2015 NationDrafts Playoff Pool.

Connor McDavid and the value of superstars

One of the recurring themes in the comments section here is that the Oilers need to make sure they have the necessary cap space to re-sign Connor McDavid when his contract expires. It’s a valid point; obviously if things go as the Oilers hope the team will have to juggle the contracts of several outstanding…

CONNOR MCDAVID: CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED

Connor McDavid as a prospect has been on the radar for a long time. Everyone knew he was special, but there’s a rather large range of possible outcomes when we talk about 15-year old whiz kids. Is he good? Very good? Exceptional? Generational? The answer should always be ‘too soon to know’ but in McDavid’s…