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DEFENCE FIRST: EAT YOUR BROCCOLI

Coaches preaching defence-first hockey to their players aren’t the exception, they’re the rule. Tom Renney of the Edmonton Oilers isn’t different or odd or out in left field by insisting on that approach.

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GDB 6.0: SEARCHING FOR OFFENSE

  If you haven’t seen the movie you probably assumed it was about the great chess player Bobby Fischer. It wasn’t, it was based on the life of chess prodigy, Josh Waitzkins. Basically his teacher wanted him to be like Fischer. Waitzkins didn’t have Fishcer’s meanstreak and wins with more diplomacy. I had no clue there…

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What We Can Learn from the Detroit Wheels (Vol 3)

The good news for Edmonton Oiler fans is that many of the things management could do to improve has been fast tracked by an aggressive draft strategy that punished heavily short term in the hopes of delivering riches on the other side.

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GDB 5.0: BATTLE OF ALBERTA

  Through four games it looks like the Oilers might not need a life preserver to avoid 30th place. They are a fwe pieces away from being a contender, but with the youthful exuberance of the H2E line, the veteran savvy of a Smyth/Horcoff/Jones (until Hemsky retuns) and the potential of Paajarvi and Omark this team will,…

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AT RANDOM VI: THE WAY I SEE IT

Are the Calgary Flames as bad as they’ve looked and the Edmonton Oilers as good as they’ve looked early this season? Likely not on either count, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition going into the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta tonight in the City of Cows.

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GDB 4.0: CAN ANYONE ELSE SCORE?

  Lost in all of the love and praise for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is that the raw rookie is the only player who has scored on home ice; well he’s the only one who has been credited with a goal. This replay one this one shows Hall definitely touched the puck, (final five seconds), but was…

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GDB 3.0: THE RIVALRY CONTINUES

Former Oiler, Jason Strudwick, told me on my show yesterday that he hated the Canucks more than any other team. They are cocky, arrogant, mouthy, chippy and good. Toss in their riot-happy fans and you have a combination that ranks the Canucks #1 as the biggest rival for the Oilers and their fans.

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The Barons: Building A Stronger Tomorrow

David LeNeveu (goalie) and Kirill Tulupov (also in photo) are two of the men "on the farm" for the 11-12 season. A minor league team that housed talents like Jeff Petry and Linus Omark a year ago is brimming again with talent. Who are these guys? 

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GROUNDHOG DAY: HEMSKY HURT

 At least in Groundhog Day Bill Murray eventually escaped from his daily routine, but Ales Hemsky seems unable to escape the inevitable trip to the injured list. Hemksy re-aggravated/re-injured his shoulder last night in Minnesota. He is getting an MRI today and Tom Renney said he wouldn’t know the results until later today.

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GDB 2.0: END THE INSANITY

  For the past 57 months, every time the Oilers play a regular season game in Minnesota you’ve witnessed many more Wild celebrations than Oiler ones. The Oilers are 0-14-2 in their last 16 games in Minnesota and they’ve been outscored 58-21 in those games.  There are a few different theories as to why the…

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BLUES CLAIM CHORNEY..UPDATE ON INJURIES

In a surprising move, the St. Louis Blues claimed Taylor Chorney off waivers today from the Edmonton Oilers. Chorney, the 36th overall pick in 2005, tallied one goal, seven points, 16 penalty minutes and was -30 in 56 games as an Oiler. I don’t see Chorney’s departure as a big loss for the Oilers. It…

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GDB 1.O: ANOTHER BABY FACE DEBUTS

  The Oilers wrapped up their 2nd consecutive 30th-place finish on April 10t, 2011. Two days later Ryan Nugent-Hopkins turned 18, and 73 days after he became a man the Oilers drafted him first overall. Today all Oilers fans woke up giddy with anticipation of tonight’s tilt, thinking that the last six months have seemed like an eternity. Now imagine…