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SO LONG!

The Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish have been flushing players at an incredible rate, and that’s not going to slow down this spring. Here’s a quick look at the exits over the last 12 months.

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Long Lost Lander

Twenty-two games into 2013-14, Anton Lander remains stuck at one assist. I can’t help thinking that’s going to kill his Oilers career, and possibly his NHL ambitions.

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Playoffs?

The Edmonton Oilers are not going to be a playoff team this year, obviously. But it is equally apparent that the parent club has high hopes that the farm team in Oklahoma City can make a fourth consecutive postseason appearance.

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THE MOTHER OF ALL TRADE DEADLINES

I cannot imagine a more effective trade deadline than Kevin Lowe’s in 2006. The Oilers of 2005-06 were an outstanding club sans goaltending, so Lowe went out and addressed it. Then he got busy.

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REAR WINDOW UPDATE

  The last time we looked at the AHL-to-NHL pipeline through Oklahoma City, Jeff Petry was the only clear NHL calibre player to begin his pro career with the Barons. Has this improved since September?

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Out of Time

The NHL gives every team a finite amount of time to determine whether its draft picks are NHL-ready or not – as a rule, three years of professional hockey for skaters and four for goaltenders. After that, those players become waiver-eligible and any team in the league can take them. For the Edmonton Oilers, that […]

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GDB: 58.0: FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Once again the Oilers find themselves in a battle for the basement of the NHL standings. For the fourth time in the last five seasons the Oilers will spend February, March and April jockeying for draft positioning rather than a spot in the playoffs. Fans are frustrated of watching it, we are fatigued of writing […]

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Ryan Martindale and the Edmonton Oilers’ Drafting

The Edmonton Oilers traded away Ryan Martindale today. Martindale was the 61st overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, a big centre with good hands who, if all had gone well, might have been a perfect fit as the second line pivot in Edmonton. All didn’t go well, and it’s a move that’s going […]

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POST GAME: NO MORE DISTRACTIONS…

It is time for the Oilers to stop the distractions. They need to stop believing that a consistent rotation of head coaches, 4th liners and 3rd pairing defenders will help them become a winner. The organization and some pundits also need to stop expecting goalies to cover up all the weaknesses in front of them. […]

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Are the Edmonton Oilers overvaluing their players?

Last night on Sportsnet, television analyst Mark Spector made a couple of claims. The first wasn’t surprising; according to him “people around the hockey world” think Edmonton overvalues its players. Further, he said that the Oilers should not expect to get more than a third round pick for pending free agent Ales Hemsky.

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Context and Mark Arcobello

One of the Oilers’ pleasant surprises this year has been the play of centre/right wing Mark Arcobello. The minor-league journeyman got an opportunity early thanks to some injuries at centre, and made the most of it, playing so well that it was impossible for the Oilers to demote him to the minors. Given that Edmonton […]