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Rocket Man
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The NHL chronicles its history via awards, post-season All-Star teams and Stanley Cups. Each of these measurements are important and all of them rely heavily on individual greatness and peak performance. Last night, in the flashiest place on earth, Connor McDavid continued his assault on all avai...
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Bennie and the Jets
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Matt Benning is a good young NHL defenseman with a solid future. He’s already a solid third pairing rearguard, and there may be more responsibility in his future. Benning is the most successful of Peter Chiarelli’s college free agents and signed a reasonable two-year contract with the...
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Draft Post No. 6: Letting The Days Go By (Water Flowing Underground)
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The Bob McKenzie list is unique, it’s the industry standard. We can argue amongst ourselves, read Pronman, Button, Red Line, et cetera, but BM comes at it from the other way. He isn’t projecting talent, he’s tabulating votes and telling us what the hockey industry sees. My bet i...
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Nowhere to Hide
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A pre-draft inventory of the Edmonton Oilers organization shows great depth at center at the NHL level and something resembling depth on defense across the NHL and AHL clubs. Everywhere else is either a slight weakness or a glaring hole badly in need of repair. This week, management gets another ...
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Draft Post No. 5: The Week to Come
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This is a massive week for the Edmonton Oilers. They’ll find out the cap limit early in the week, continue to pursue trade options and on Friday and Saturday draft six new prospects. It looks like trades will build this roster from where it is today, and we’ll find out if Peter Chiare...
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Draft Post No. 4: 10 Items or Less
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In past summers, the Oilers have telegraphed exits. We knew in 2016 Hall was in play, certainly by the time the name Lucic leaked. A year ago, we were running Strome’s numbers against Eberle’s 10 days before the deal was done. This year? Milan Lucic. And? THE ATHLETIC! Give The Athlet...
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Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold
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Every morning sunrise to reach your eyes is another gamble won. If you feel like lost, you’ll end up found, so amigo, lay them raises down. Matt Cane’s free-agent AAV model had Drake Caggiula making $1.3M times two, the young winger landed at $1.5 per year for the next two seasons. No...
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The desert’s quiet, Cleveland’s cold
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Oilers fans have enjoyed a few interesting news items this spring (Cooper Marody, Mikko Koskinen, new coaching staff) but the next three weeks are going to be like watching a raging river run. Peter Chiarelli says he won’t tear it down, but he’s an incredibly aggressive executive. Wha...
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These are the days of miracle and wonder
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On the day the Edmonton Oilers signed Milan Lucic, it wasn’t at all clear the move improved the team. In a post called Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats, I wrote: The Edmonton Oilers are a far different team than they were a year ago, but are they better? The team has more balance—and that is [&...
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Draft Post No. 3: Midnight Rider
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We all have our favorites and that’s a fact. I’ve always enjoyed watching undersized centers outsmart the big kids, from Dave Keon to Gregg Sheppard to Pavel Datsyuk. When it comes to the 2018 draft, my own opinion is there’s a wide swath of players who are of similar quality. T...
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You can go sleep at home tonight (If you can get up and walk away)
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The Oilers went into last year’s draft with seven picks and in dire need of making them count. One year later five of those picks are signed and one of the other selections had a solid year in college. Music! Now. Do it again. THE ATHLETIC! Try The Athletic on for size free and see if they ...
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Strange Brew
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The 1979-80 Oilers were a discombobulated crew and that’s being kind. Expansion left the team with gaping holes hither and yon, while also gifting the organization with some of the most outstanding building blocks in history. It was a strange brew and Glen Sather cast about looking for solu...
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Good Year for the Roses
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The Edmonton Oilers are adding players to the 50-man list at a rapid clip these days, we’re seeing the Bakersfield Condors’ roster come into view. A couple of Friday transactions have us closer to a full boat. THE ATHLETIC! Great playoff special! try The Athletic on for size free and ...
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Draft Post No. 2: Took Him Minutes, Took Her Nowhere
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One year ago almost to the day, we were talking about trades. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Strome were front and center, although the actual transaction was two weeks away. My suggested trade that day worried mostly about money, but also addressed goaltending. To New York: Jordan Eberle ($6 million tim...
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Draft Post No. 1: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
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We’re inside the trade window now, teams positioning themselves for the draft and free agency by using assets great and small to acquire talent. Yesterday we discussed a Terry Jones article that put everyone on notice: Edmonton is about to do something in the procurement market. What would ...
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