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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…

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THINGS THAT MUST IMPROVE: POWERPLAY

Dave Andreychuk played 1,597 games before winning the Stanley Cup – the longest streak in NHL history. Keep in mind only eight other players have ever played that many games, so it likely will never be broken. Roman Hamrlik is the active leader, 1,311 games without hosting the Cup, but he’d have to play almost three and a…

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Brule, Four Others Cut

The Edmonton Oilers have announced the demotion of five players on their official website: Gilbert Brule, Josh Green, Teemu Hartikainen, Ryan O’Marra and Ryan Keller.  Brule, Green, O’Marra and Keller will need to clear waivers before being assigned to Oklahoma City.

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GDB -1: WAIVER WIRE OR THE PHONE?

Preseason victories don’t mean much, but last night’s victory over Minnesota had to be one of the most empty victories the organziation has ever had. Taylor Fedun’s season is over, and his career possibly in jeapordy, after a horrific collision fractured his femur. It is hard to fathom why the NHL didn’t institute hybrid icing…

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Blue On Blue

A young man’s playing career is in jeopardy, the injuries keep piling up and the Edmonton Oilers aren’t even at the starting gate. Is the story of the season being written before launch?

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GDB -2: THE FINAL CUTS

Yesterday the Oilers sent Antti Tyrvainen, Yann Danis and Colten Teubert to OKC leaving the Oilers with 32 players in camp. With Ryan Whitney likely not ready for opening night, and Sam Gagner highly questionable, Tom Renney will probably only make four or five more cuts after the weekend. The openings are more for the pressbox than…

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Beware the Moops

It’s a big weekend for the Oilers bubble boys. Thirty-two names are still in the hat, but this time next week the Oilers 23 man roster will be set. Here’s a guideline of things to look for this weekend.

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GDB -3: HEMSKY THE SHOOTER

  Ales Hemsky will suit up for his first action of the preseason tonight, and yesterday he thought he might have to be the shooter on his line. Hemsky said he was going to skate with the Ryans, Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins and was prepared to add a new wrinkle to his game. "I think i’m…

Oilers Cut 12; Of The Leftovers, Who Has The Best Chance of Sticking?

The Edmonton Oilers continued to separate the wheat from the chaff this morning, shipping 12 players off, most of them to Oklahoma City. None of the players sent out are particularly surprising – Chris VandeVelde might have been expected to stick a little longer, and Kirill Tulupov appears destined for an AHL contract, but on…

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GDB – 4: SHOWDOWN IN COWTOWN

After a rather calm Battle of Alberta last night, the Oilers and Flames meet for the 2nd and final time this preseason, and with Darcy Hordichuk dressed you can expect some fireworks. The veteran has been a wrecking ball in his two games thus far, so you know he’ll be trying to set the tone…