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Our Long National Nightmare Is Over

In the storied history of the Edmonton Oilers, few trades have turned out better than Colin Fraser and a 7th round pick for Ryan Smyth. Hell, I’m not even certain there IS a 7th round! I’m not sure it’s the biggest trade in Oiler history, but it’s the longest and that’s for sure.

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Reasonable Expectations

David Staples caused a little conversation today with his recent article "Ryan Smyth rocks it on the road, while Nugent-Hopkins drops it." I’m thrilled at the title, which is at least as long as some of mine. As for the idea behind it, well what is reasonable? What should we be expecting after 17 games?

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NATION RADIO – NOVEMBER 12, 2011

The many Nations in the Commonwealth are represented this week on NationRadio with a litlle something for everyone. Oklahoma City provides an Oilers related AHL update. Calgary and Toronto receive sound analysis. And some new people you know from around the interwebz also make an appearance on the Big Show with Fleet Commander Lowetide. Finally…

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You’re Doing Fine! Oklahoma! OK!

A picture is worth a thousand words. For instance, I’m fairly certain the Barons coaching staff would have had this defensive sequence drawn up a little differently, but stuff happens in the heat of battle. Checking the standings, OKC’s Barons are flying to historic heights, but the boxcars look pedestrian. What’s that about? Who’s the MVP?…

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MR. POOPY PANTS IV: ROAD KILL?

Not to yank the big jug of Kool-Aid from the blue-stained lips of giddy Edmonton Oilers fans, but they might want to take a snapshot of the gaudy 7-2-2 record the 2013 Stanley Cup champs are boasting as they open a six-game road trip in Los Angeles Thursday.

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To Whom It May Concern

There is a growing market for inexpensive forwards who can help move the needle offensively. Detroit, Carolina and possibly Boston, with the list growing daily. Throughout the NHL, the word is out: the goalies are ahead of the snipers and teams are looking for solutions. One of those possible solutions is available via Edmonton.

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GDB 11.0: HALLOWEEN KHABBY REFUSES TO DIE

Michael Myers refusing to buy the farm again and again in that seemingly endless series of Halloween slasher flicks has nothing on Nikolai Khabibulin and the Edmonton Oilers when it comes to scripts that are absolutely unbelievable.

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GDB 10.0: UNCHARTED TERRITORY

  Indeed this is unchartered territory for the Nation. Since this site debuted in the spring of 2007 you have mostly been witness to losing seasons, an endless parade of players to the infirmary, skilled players who weren’t that skilled, a lack of size, questionable goaltending and you’ve sat through four seasons of losing hockey,…

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GDB 8.0: NORTHWEST STRUGGLES

The Oilers are winless in four NW division games thus far, and tonight they will try to change that against the current three-time NW division champion, Vancouver Canucks. If the Oilers have any hope of making the playoffs they need to start beating teams within their division.

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GDB 7.0: SAMWISE TO THE WING

Sam Gagner will play the right wing with Eric Belanger and Magnus Paajarvi tonight. It will be Gagner’s first game since March 9th, and while he did dress v. Calgary in the preseason, it has been over seven months since he felt the pace of regular season action. Gagner is fired up to play and…