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Blast From The Past

Cleaning out my office the other day, I stumbled upon an old copy of The Hockey News – the publication’s 2002 Draft Preview edition. It didn’t take much reading to see that NHL hockey in Edmonton had changed dramatically over the decade since it came out.

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THE COURAGE FOR THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD

First time I saw Shawn Horcoff was fall 2000, one dozen years ago. It was a pre-season game, he marked his man at center ice after a turnover and shadowed him down the ice, tied up his stick as a perfect pass came flying through the slot and rode the man out the scoring area….

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REAR WINDOW

The lottery work being done by the mountain of losses at the NHL level are having the desired impact: stunning talents unavailable any other way are walking through the door for free every draft day. The "fail-fall" strategy is near an end, and the real business of developing players the traditional way comes into focus.

Was Justin Schultz Leaving the Anaheim Ducks Unfair?

It’s a scene that fans of the Edmonton Oilers know all too well: a general manager shaking his head at the steadfast refusal of a player to either join or stay with his team. This time, however, instead of Kevin Lowe or Steve Tambellini flabbergasted by the departure of a Mike Comrie or the refusal…

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CHANGES: COACHES, RULES AND PLAYERS

It is great for fans and the media to get ready for another off-season full of change for the Edmonton Oilers, but is it beneficial for the Oilers? Since the spring of 2009, the Oilers have made significant changes every off-season, on and off the ice, but despite all of those changes the Oilers haven’t…

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Tracers: Oilers Rookies (06-10)

Big Matt Greene headlines a solid group of rookies that made their NHL debuts with the Oilers in the 5-year period after the lockout. Greene and a few others no longer play for the Oilers, but several are still productive NHLers. THE ROOKIES 05-06 The spring of 2006 was a wonderful time to be an…

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GDB 57.0: WHAT NOW?

How sweet would it be if Blade showed up and crushed Edward and Jacob ( I honestly just googled their name, because I’ve never watched an entire movie or read the book), who seemingly pop up everywhere. Compared to Blade, or Lost Boys, these new  vampire movies are a bore and way too sappy. I…

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TRACERS: OILERS ROOKIES VOL 5 (00-04)

This is Ales Hemsky. In the history of the Edmonton Oilers, he ranks 6th in career assists (forwards) and averages 46 assists per 82 games. Hemsky is a headliner in this edition of tracers, Oilers rookies volume 5.

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HEMSKY AND KHABI LIKELY TO MOVE?

What are the chances Ales Hemsky and Nikolai Khabibulin are moved by the Edmonton Oilers by the NHL trade deadline? I don’t know for sure, but their names came up in a conversation today between two people I trust, so I’m paying attention.

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GDB 42.0: CAN THEY IMPROVE?

  The Oilers start the second half of their season hoping they can find some consistency and learn how to play better in the 3rd period. The Oilers have been outscored 44-31 in the 3rd, despite outscoring the opposition 36-32 in the 1st and 43-40 in the 2nd. They need to be smarter and sometimes…

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THE NEW TARGET..UPDATED OILERS RECALL THREE

  Reality has hit Oilersnation, the Oilers still aren’t very good, and with 41 games left to play, many want to find someone to blame and it seems Tom Renney has become a popular target. For years many some of the same fans and media clamoured that Craig MacTavish needed to go, because allegedly he…