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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…

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NO REINFORCEMENTS

Expecting a trade before the period around the deadline is folly for Oiler fans. It is a very rare thing–in fact, the last major trade in the deep fall for this organization was Guerin for Carter. What would it take for the Oilers to change their modus operandi?

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GDB 25.0: PLEASE BE EXCITING

  I googled "Minnesota Wild+Exciting" and very few exciting photos came up. There was one of Dany Heatley in a media scrum, which I can honestly say is never exciting, one of Cal Clutterbuck scoring, but very few action shots. Even though Mike Yeo got defensive last week when Rob T from the Sun said…

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What we can learn from the Detroit Wheels (Vol 1)

When it comes to putting together a competitive NHL team year after year, the Detroit Red Wings are the league’s gold standard. How DO they do it? Minor league system? Free agents? Luck? Mike Ilitch knows Sam Pollock’s ghost? ALL of the above? Let’s have a look.

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STARS THRU THE AGES

It`s the best day of the season when you are cheering for the 30th place team two years running. The Oilers enter the game undefeated. Tom Gilbert is as good as anyone on paper. Memories of last season`s opener echo in our minds and hearts. Not only is it game day bitches, but it is…

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Beware of Preseason Heroes

With the preseason opening tonight for the Edmonton Oilers with a pair of split-squad games, it is worth noting that the tournament can give fans a misleading view of specific players.

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IN DEFENSE OF KAY-Z

Is this really how the arena talks are going? Now some tiny minds on City Council and the long ignored factions in the Edmonton Media are upset that Katz bought a condominium in Vancouver? Good heavens.

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THE HUMAN TOLL: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

With Sidney Crosby’s hockey career hanging in the balance because of concussions and Marc Savard’s apparently over, the NHL’s overdue decision to address headshots in the game is a classic case of being a day late and a dollar short.

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Rear Window

Miles and miles from the lottery, Edmonton’s NHL team is drafting good hockey players. That is rarely enough, as we all know that 99% of life’s success comes from following through.