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Thoughts on the hiring of Ken Holland + CBC Edmonton News segment
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Thoughts on the hiring of Ken Holland + CBC Edmonton News segment
  Professional hockey  remains in the dark ages when it comes to managing teams and looking for competitive advantages. Whenever there is a job opening for a general manager or when club re-structures itself to have an executive overseeing hockey operations, you realize that the list of pote...
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Thoughts on the Oilers’ GM search
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Thoughts on the Oilers’ GM search
One thing that following the Oilers has done to me is change my overall perception of general managers and the value I place on them. It’s obvious that they have a significant role in the game, overseeing roster construction, contracts and the draft. But unless the organization itself is set-up p...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-capping round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Re-capping round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs
I joined host Nancy Carlson on the CBC Edmonton News to talk about the first round of the playoffs. Segment is here and starts at the 7:50 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, April 25) Topics we covered: Observations from the first round, and how unpredictable the tournament has been. The early depart...
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Next steps
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Next steps
After such a disastrous season, there’s going to be plenty to dig into in an attempt to chart out the necessary course(s) of action for the Edmonton Oilers. What’s important before looking for solutions and making roster and salary cap related decisions is to look at the overall resul...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers post-mortem, GM search and off-season approach
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers post-mortem, GM search and off-season approach
I joined Nancy Carlson, the new host of the CBC Edmonton News, for my weekly television segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 19:30 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, April 8) Topics we covered: The key reasons why the 2018/19 season was such a disaster. Included on the...
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Getting more out of the Oilers powerplay
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Getting more out of the Oilers powerplay
The Edmonton Oilers powerplay has been one of the few bright spots in a dreadful 2018/19 season. After 78 games, the Oilers have scored 46 goals with the man-advantage, scoring at a rate of 7.95 goals per hour – good for eighth in the league. They’ve also done a pretty good job at gen...
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Taking notes
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Taking notes
Unfortunate for the NHL that the Stanley Cup playoffs will begin without a couple of premier, 100-point players. Finding high-end talent is the hardest thing to do when building a championship roster, putting Edmonton in a very enviable position. But due to a lack of foresight and a series of poo...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Recent success, depth players and the GM search
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Recent success, depth players and the GM search
I joined host Lindsay Highmoor on the CBC Edmonton News for my weekly television segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 16:50 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, March 28) Topics we covered: Re-cap of Tuesday night’s 8-4 win against the Kings and the star players le...
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CBC Radio Active: The countdown is on to end of the Oilers season
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CBC Radio Active: The countdown is on to end of the Oilers season
I joined host Rod Kurtz on CBC Radio Active to talk all things Oilers. Full segment is here: CBC Radio Active (2019, March 21) Topics we covered: The season as a whole and the key factors for yet another season without playoffs. Bob Nicholson’s search for a GM, and his missteps and role in ...
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Trending downwards
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Trending downwards
With the Oilers currently on a decent run, going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games, it’ll be interesting to see how their recent success will impact the management group’s decision-making process going forward. The reality of the situation is that the Oilers are a bad team, and have been f...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Loss to the Devils, recent ten games and the general manager search
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Loss to the Devils, recent ten games and the general manager search
I joined host Min Dhariwal on the CBC Edmonton News for my weekly television segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 16:00 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, March 14) Topics we covered: Last night’s loss to the Devils and the playoff aspirations. For me, it’s...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers winning streak, Draisaitl’s performance and upcoming games
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Oilers winning streak, Draisaitl’s performance and upcoming games
I joined host Alicia Asquith on the CBC Edmonton News for my weekly television segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 17:45 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, March 7) Topics we covered: The Oilers recent road trip, with three straight wins against Ottawa, Columbus and B...
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Drivers and anchors on the penalty kill
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Drivers and anchors on the penalty kill
In case you missed it, I recently dug into the Oilers recent powerplay success as well as their penalty killing failures. Special Teams Link – The SuperFan (2019, March 3) Aside from seeing the powerplay shot generation and penalty kill shot suppression rates increase, oddly resembling one ...
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Special Teams Link
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Special Teams Link
One area of the club that has be driving the Oilers coaching staff crazy is the special teams. While the powerplay has been solid, generating shots and ranking 9th in the league scoring 8.10 goals per hour, the penalty kill has been the complete opposite. The Oilers rank 29th in the league allowi...
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Loss against the Leafs, trade deadline re-cap and the penalty kill
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CBC Edmonton News (TV): Loss against the Leafs, trade deadline re-cap and the penalty kill
I joined host Alicia Asquith on the CBC Edmonton News for my weekly television segment to discuss all things Oilers. Clip is here and starts at the 19:15 mark: CBC Edmonton News (2019, February 28) Topics we covered: Wednesday night’s loss against the Leafs on national television. Good remi...
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