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Monday Mailbag – September 28th

Can you believe the regular season starts next week? With the pre-season in full swing it seems like the days are flying past but it’s still not fast enough. I want regular season McDavid and I want him now. Despite my impatience there are no time machines on Amazon. We have to act like adults…

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Oilers vs. Jets recap

I don’t worry too much about the score in preseason games, especially when the opposition ices a lineup with minimal NHL players. The Jets roster had limited NHL talent, but the players who dressed are still trying to impress Paul Maurice, so the Oilers, despite having more skill, still needed to work hard.

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GDB -6.0: Here Come the Jets

The good news about split squad games is that it eliminates two preseason games in one night. Todd McLellan is not a fan, because he didn’t get to watch 20 players up close to see how they reacted on the road against a more established NHL roster, and I can understand his frustration, but selfishly, I…

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Oilers vs. Canucks: Young Stars game one

The Oiler rookies stepped on the ice at 10:45 this morning in Penticton, and there were fans in the stands well before practice started, but the lineup outside the box office to purchase a few seats that just went on sale was much longer. McDavid Mania is alive in Penticton.

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ANTICIPATION

It’s not surprising that during the slowest part of the NHL off-season a couple of speed demons hogged the headlines Monday as Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers took a twirl together at the BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp in Toronto.

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One Two

View image | gettyimages.com When the Oilers got their hands on RNH it was pretty clear after his first season that the team had found a keeper. He’s defensively responsible, elusive, extremely quick and agile on his skates, and he has top drawer vision. The Oilers had found their 1C for the foreseeable future. None…

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2003-04 SEASON

View image | gettyimages.com **The fourth post in an ongoing series – Lowetide re-lives the 2003-04 Oilers season ** The 2003-04 season was a disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers. They were in 12th place on February 1, a full 10 points out of the playoffs before charging hard and missing the postseason by an eyelash. The real pain…

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2002-03 SEASON

**The third post in an ongoing series – Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2002-03 Oilers season **  In an era when the Oilers were either just in or just out of the Western Conference playoffs, the 2002-03 season started badly and ended worse. In between, it was a campaign that would see the Oilers just in again with…

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2001-02 SEASON

**The second post in an ongoing series – Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2001-02 Oilers season ** The 2001-02 season really began in the summer with the trade of captain and leading scorer Doug Weight, who became yet another casualty of economics during a difficult era of tight budgets and cash calls for team ownership.

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 2000-01 SEASON

**The first post in an ongoing series – Robin Brownlee re-lives the 2000-01 Oilers season ** Aside from Edmonton’s unlikely run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final, Craig MacTavish’s first year as head coach after moving up from assistant coach and taking over from Kevin Lowe was probably his most successful behind Edmonton’s bench.

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TCGD: Putin it all on the line

View image | gettyimages.com Canada’s performance against Russia in the past few World Juniors tournaments leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, every year the roster is completely turned over and there isn’t any reason to believe that trend has to continue. Nonetheless, the Russian’s still have the same head coach in Valeri Bragin that…