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TOP 100 OILERS: ANSON CARTER (46)

Embed from Getty Images While compiling this list of Top 100 Oilers, I’ve been trying to think of a more complex character than Anson Carter, the soft-spoken winger who was much more than a damn good hockey player during the 211 games he played over parts of three seasons with Edmonton. I can’t come up…

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2016-17 STAR SELECTION

Given the fact 97% of my dreams for the past month have been Connor McDavid related, this isn’t going to be a very complicated pick now or basically ever again for the next 10-15 years. But after taking the courageous route yesterday and declaring nothing and no one in particular to be my GOAT for…

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TOP 100 OILERS: BLAIR MACDONALD (47)

Embed from Getty Images For those too young to remember, stand-up comic and actor Rodney Dangerfield carved out a nice career in the 1970s and 1980s with his bug-eyed, tie-tugging “I don’t get no respect” shtick. For those who don’t remember Blair MacDonald, he was pretty much hockey’s version of Dangerfield as a member of…

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TOP 100 OILERS: RISTO SILTANEN (48)

As the Edmonton Oilers of today continue to search for a right-handed defenceman who can move the puck and generate points from the back end, I can’t help but hop into my hockey time machine and think how perfect a fit diminutive Finn Risto Siltanen would be now, just as he was when the Oilers…

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Monday Mailbag – Trouba?

Once again, the weekend has left us yearning for retirement but we’re all years away from getting there. Not that the Mailbag will kill off the last 10-30 years of your working career, but it will help you get a few minutes closer to that magical day where you’re able to hang up your work…

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TOP 100 OILERS: MIKE GRIER (49)

Embed from Getty Images There isn’t a single player on this list of Top 100 Oilers who was more of a longshot to play 1,000 games in the NHL than Mike Grier, and there hasn’t been anybody who did it with more professionalism and class during his time in Edmonton than the guy teammates called…

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EARLY RETURNS

Embed from Getty Images Hard-luck forward Tyler Pitlick made the most of an unexpected appearance and looked like a keeper instead of a long shot. At the same time, heralded blue-chip rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, deemed by many to be a sure thing to crack the Edmonton Oilers’ line-up out of training camp, looked anything but….

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TOP 100 OILERS: MARTIN GELINAS (50)

Embed from Getty Images He was a hotshot prospect drafted seventh overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, but it turned out the only time he’d ever wear the team’s black and silver jersey was on draft day. A couple months later, he was told he’d been traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Wayne…

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TRAINING CAMP 2016: THE WAY I SEE IT

A new rink. A new season. New faces. And, of course, a new sense of optimism for long-suffering fans who’ve been counting the days since last season ended. Absolutely no surprise there, and as the Edmonton Oilers take to the ice at Rogers Place for their second day of their 2016 training camp today, that’s…

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NO STOP SIGNS, SPEED LIMIT

Watching Team North America fly around the ice like a bunch of hot-wired Ferraris and Lamborghinis at the World Championship of Hockey these last few days has been nothing short of a treat. No more so than Wednesday’s crowd-pleasing 4-3 overtime win over Team Sweden.

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POOL PARTY

There’s a Pool Party in Penticton starting tonight. Sounds like fun. Count me among the many who are looking forward to watching Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Jesse Puljujarvi hit the ice with 26 other hopefuls for the Young Stars Classic.

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AT RANDOM: WHY NOT?

A photo posted by OilersNation (@officialoilersnation) on Sep 9, 2016 at 6:59pm PDT There’s no such thing as having too much depth or too much competition for jobs at any position in professional sports, so there’s absolutely no downside to the potential addition of Kris Versteeg by the Edmonton Oilers by way of a PTO….