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Nashville Predators: Character Doesn’t Count When It Comes to Alexander Radulov

May 1st, 2012
This was supposed to be the Nashville Predators year. The organization had loyally stood by Head Coach Barry Trotz and General Manager David Poile as they rose from expansion team through middling playoff contender status to now, where they have legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations.  Of all years, 2011-12 was supposed to ...

2011-12 NHL Success Stories: Jaroslav Halak Used to Competition in the Crease

March 13th, 2012
In a first round chock full of future NHL All-Stars, the 2003 NHL Entry Draft may go down as one of the league's finest classes ever.  Mike Richards, Corey Perry, Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Suter and Eric Staal are just a few of the names that were called.  Jaroslav Halak had ...

NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Why the Edmonton Oilers Lost the Dustin Penner Trade

March 1st, 2011
The Edmonton Oilers are a mediocre NHL organization, and one that is desperately trying to shed that label.  But then you have yet another failure by the organization—the Dustin Penner trade.   The Oilers were said to have gone into this year's NHL trade season with no pressure and the ability ...

NHL Trade Deadline Day: and the Award for Stupidest NHL Executive Goes To…

February 24th, 2011
No one ever wants to get branded as the worst of their profession but it is inevitable that in every job, some are very good and others, well, not so much.  In the midst of one of their worst seasons in franchise history, Bryan Murray, GM of the Ottawa Senators, ...

Montreal Canadiens: Why Dustin Penner Makes Sense

February 3rd, 2011
Trade deadline time has drawn near, and with it the rumours and speculation that come with Canada's second favourite day to July 1 (free agency opens).   On the Oilers end of the spectrum, another long summer of golf is ahead.  However, we are hearing that Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky ...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: An Overview Of The NHL’s Next Star

November 25th, 2010
With the Oilers season going as expected, the future still looks bright.  Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and the rest of the bunch have the potential to accomplish great things for the City of Champions.  Another exciting piece of news is that once again our franchise will own the rights ...

Is Shawn Horcoff the Real GM of the Edmonton Oilers?

November 17th, 2010
Forget Jordan Eberle, Linus Omark or Sam Gagner; the legacy of the Kevin Lowe managerial era is the albatross of a contract he gave to Shawn Horcoff, a contract with a cap hit of $5.5 million until 2014-15. It was a contract Charles Wang would disapprove of. But for all the ...

Linus Omark: Will He Ever Make The Edmonton Oilers?

November 10th, 2010
We used to know him by his YouTube videos, scoring goals that made Sidney Crosby stand up and applaud. Now we know him by his five goal coming-out party in the AHL against the Toronto Marlies.  A mystery 4th round pick no longer, all of Oiler Nation knows the name ...

Edmonton Oilers: A Preview Of the Second Battle of Alberta This Saturday

October 13th, 2010
We all know the story by now.  "Eberle with a two on one, toe drags over Ian White, back hand for hand, top shelf over Mikka Kiprusoff, what a goal!" After a memorable debut in the Battle of Alberta, Jordan Eberle and the Oilers face their provincial rivals yet again, this ...

Edmonton Oilers: Bandwagon Jumpers Be Warned

September 26th, 2010
  My favourite hockey memory happened two years ago.  I was at a game between the Oilers and the Minnesota Wild, with my grandpa; who hadn’t been to a game in over twenty years.  Less than 10 minutes into the first period, the Oilers had already scored three times; sending Wild ...