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Chest Fever
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The NHL doesn’t make many trades from mid-July through the final days of September, so we’re in Death Valley for the next 10 weeks. How scarce is it to see a legit trade this time of year? The last deal to move the needle made between July 15 and August 1 came in 2016 when […]
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The Farm
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When we moved to Maidstone in the winter of 1971, it was a major adjustment. Moving from Haney BC, where the weather was mild and Stanley Park was a rather common occurrence, the prairies had less curb appeal. I am generally a positive person, and cast about trying to find something to hold on to...
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Hallelujah, Amen
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If you’re looking for good signs, look to the draft and the group of players coming up behind Connor McDavid. If the Oilers had drafted in 2013 and 2014 like they have in 2017 and 2018, the organization would be on a far more promising trajectory. Unless there’s a DeLorean hanging aro...
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Waive Babies
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Everyone has their favourite subjects, one of mine is acquiring players via waivers. Edmonton claimed Brandon Davidson and Nathan Walker last season and I’m going to bet there will be some impressive offensive forwards sliding through waivers in the fall. Will Edmonton grab one? THE ATHLETI...
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It’s a Fast Train
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In watching Oilers management after every draft, one gets the feeling the club goes through a series of mood swings right after their first selection. Before the draft, the usual conservative tones are used, draft night is filled with excitement but the proper route is acknowledged and by Saturda...
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Dream Comfort Memory to Spare
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We’re mostly through the procurement portion of the summer, meaning the RE estimates can begin. Pain in the ass is what it is but for me it helps make sense of the season to come. It actually makes me angry truth to tell, because balance and depth remain out of sight. The last two drafts [&...
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Shoot the Moon
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Todd McLellan values volume shooters and the Edmonton Oilers are procuring forwards who match the vision. The biggest development: Connor McDavid increased his volume, but there are others pushing. Some of these shooters could arrive on a skill line as soon as this fall. Is the next 50-goal score...
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Sweetener
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My mother-in-law is Helen. She and her husband couldn’t have children of their own, so they adopted nine kids just to keep themselves busy. It’s an amazing story, I’ll tell you about it one day (including the day Helen stood and delivered to keep four girls together in a life an...
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Boys of Summer
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Based on previous behaviour and current roster holes, we will see some activity by the Edmonton Oilers over the summer. The signing of Ryan Strome yesterday gets us closer, with Darnell Nurse the last man standing from last season’s roster. There is plenty of room on the 50-man and many rum...
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Drive
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How many 20-goal scorers are on the current Oilers roster? Three? Let’s say three. Let’s say Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl all score 20+, and let’s further assume the trio scores 90+ goals between them. That’s a handsome start. The Oilers problem i...
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