Jul 232014
 

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Make no mistake…The Edmonton Oilers are a better team today than they were at any point last season and I expect this team to take take one giant step forward this season.  The goaltending is better.  The back-end actually resembles an N.H.L. defence.  The stud forwards will all be better.  Both wings have skill, depth and are grossly improved.  I truly believe every sentence that I just wrote.

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Jul 032014
 

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Next Season- Right from the outset, I’ll admit that last season tested my resolve in continuing to be a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. While I didn’t feel the Oilers would make the playoffs, I felt strongly that the team would be good enough to be in contention until the final weeks of the season. They were out of the hunt by the end of November. After spending thousands on tickets and hundreds on domain hosting during the rebuild, I wanted a reward. The reward was a 28th place finish and some of the worst hockey I can remember watching. I was so dejected I watched one period of the entire 2014 NHL playoffs. I stopped reading blogs, the newspaper, and even switched radio stations for my commute to and from work. However, the passion started to mildly stir leading up to the draft and gained some momentum going into free agency. For a short time I thought my time as a fan may be over but it has survived, though it is still coming off life support.

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May 222014
 

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The Edmonton Oilers are clearly a flawed team and general manager Craig Mactavish has the extremely difficult job to try and fix it and in short order.   The collective group on the back-end was horrific, the size in the top six was embarrassing, the lack of depth on the bottom end was painfully obvious and the list goes on and on.   Is it even possible for Mact to fill all the holes in one offseason??? Continue reading »

Jan 132014
 

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The Edmonton Oilers had a great team effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night where they played smart and patient hockey, rarely turning pucks over and playing the “right way” for most of the game.  The Oilers decided not to play that way again against the Chicago Blackhawks last night in Chicago.  Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

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The Edmonton Oilers are on a two game winning streak and aim for three straight tonight against the Florida Panthers. Last time they played each other the Oilers came out with the win and the Panthers management decided to fire the coaching staff shortly thereafter which I found quite comical. Continue reading »

Oct 302013
 

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Last night the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town and embarrassed the Oilers with a 4-0 victory.  I mentioned yesterday that the Oilers would need to shut down Phil Kessel if they had any chance at a victory…and that clearly did not happen.  Continue reading »

Jul 082013
 

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Is GM Craig Mactavish loading up for a trade? - This morning over breakfast I was reading the Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey Blog. Bruce McCurdy posted an article Sunday night referencing the Oilers latest pickups on defense. Organizationally, the Oilers have had a number of moves on defense this off season. Gone are Ryan Whitney, Theo Peckham, Colton Teubert, Alex Plante, and Kyle Bigos. Additions include:  Anton Belov, Philip Larsen, Darnell Nurse, Lee Moffie, Ben Betker, and Brad Hunt. The additions and subtractions so far even out, but I was still left to wonder why the emphasis on organizational defensive depth early this off-season when there is so much need in other areas? Is it possible that Mactavish is loading up for a trade? Continue reading »

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