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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…

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Bulletproof Hartikainen

Despite a depth chart that appears unkind, despite more one-way contracts than Carter has pills, Teemu Hartikainen has that "look" about him. It’s the same look that thrust Kyle Brodziak from "also in photo" to opening night lineup in 2007 fall. Can the Finn make it?

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Win The Day

This is no time for the faint of heart. NHL jobs are in play, futures are being decided, riches and glory are within reach. This is the time to go balls out, to make an impression so indelible there is no question who wins the day. Lose that worried brow, step up today and secure a…

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SOME HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK

For the second consecutive preseason home game, Oiler fans and Tom Renney must have felt like they were in a time warp. And not the cool type of time warp/machine that Marty McFly got to use in Back to the Future. Last night was a trip down memory lane that many never want to see again, or…

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GDB -6: GAGNER’S NEW STRIDE & A CHANCE FOR DUBNYK

Tom Renney is dressing a veteran-laden lineup tonight, and possibly giving Oiler fans a glimpse of what his opening night roster will look like. Too bad the Canucks are dressing a motley crew of players who are either here on PTOs, are draft-busts or guys destined for the AHL.