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Searching for Stopgaps

Laurent Brossoit held in, with help from a TJ Brodie own-goal, for the win against Calgary Saturday night. Brossoit has let in five goals in two starts since Cam Talbot was placed on injured reserve. It’s hard to blame him for all of the goals. The Russell own-goal can be forgiven, but the goal-line flubs…

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It comes with the gig

Jordan Eberle’s comments to veteran writer Tim Pannaccio about the pressures of playing for the Edmonton Oilers ignited quite a debate among fans here Saturday. It’s a debate I’ve heard countless times over the last 25 years and one that almost always splits opinion into two very distinct camps. Only the names change.

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A Cure for an Ailing Offence?

The Oilers offence has become the butt of every joke. “They couldn’t score in a brothel,” seems accurate. “They couldn’t run a bath,” is fitting. “Their offence is about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle,” is stingily true. Despite only scoring eight goals in four road games, the Oilers managed to go 2-1-1…

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WATCH: Jesse Puljujärvi scored his first goal of the season (AHL)

The Bakersfield Condors defeated the Manitoba Moose last night by a score of 5-2. Manitoba went up 2-0, but Bakersfield battled back with five unanswered goals to take the victory. Why am I talking about this? Because top prospect Jesse Puljujärvi buried his first goal of the AHL season mid-way through the third period in what…

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Nation Network Geographical Paper Championships

The great poet William Smith of West Philadelphia once wrote: Summer, summer, summertime Time to sit back and unwind And unwind we shall with a little game of “which team would win in a best-on-best tournament of the cities” within the Nation Network.

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Free Agency 2017: The Market For Goaltenders

Free Agent Frenzy is almost upon us. We’ve gone through an Expansion Draft, the Entry Draft, and on Saturday, the annual tradition of throwing a bunch of money at players will begin. Over the next few days, I’m going to dive into the unrestricted free agent market and map out who’s available and who’s going…

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The Era of Squeee is Over

With news that Jordan Eberle was traded to the New York Islanders today for Ryan Strome a chapter of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club book has officially closed. The era of Squee is over.

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Future Free Agents: Ryan Miller

When the Vancouver Canucks signed Ryan Miller back in July 2014, it was surely a move that was expected to make the club competitive. But things didn’t work out that way. Miller was solid for the Canucks, save for an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, but the team only made one playoff appearance during his three years…

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Since the Oilers last played a playoff game…

The world is a completely different place since last time the City of Edmonton got to watch playoff hockey. It’s been a long time. A really, really long time. How long, you ask? Let me walk you through it.

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WWYDW: Should Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be in the Oilers’ long-term plans?

It wasn’t all that long ago that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was regarded in many quarters as the Oilers’ most important building block, the first-line centre the team’s rebuild would hinge on. With the arrival of Connor McDavid and the emergence of Leon Draisaitl, however, the idea of trading RNH has a certain currency among segments of…

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TOP 100 OILERS: ADAM GRAVES (40)

There’s a handful of players on this Top 100 list who made it based on what I saw, on the ice and off it, as opposed to the raw numbers they amassed during their time with the Edmonton Oilers. Adam Graves, who played a key role in Edmonton’s fifth Stanley Cup win in 1990 as…