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Oilers: Taylor Hall and reasonable expectations
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Edmonton - Apr. 17, 2014:
As good as Taylor Hall has been during his first four seasons in the National Hockey League, there are those who feel he still has a long way to go before becoming one of the top players in the game today. While the Edmonton Oilers star winger certainly has room to grow as a player, this notion of him being this irresponsible kid who refuses to conform his game is almost laughable. FULL STORY


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Oilers: The one that got away
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Oilers: The one that got away
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Edmonton - Apr. 16, 2014: When NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly opened up the final envelope of the 2014 Draft Lottery and pulled out the card of the Florida Panthers, all I could do was shake my head. Through 81 games the Edmonton Oilers sat in 29th spot in the overall standings, one point ahead of the Panthers but that changed after Game 82. Back in 2007, a similar situation cost the organization a chance at drafting Patrick Kane and it looks as though it will happen yet again in 2014. FULL STORY



Oilers: MacTavish keeps expectations low in year end presser
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Oilers: MacTavish keeps expectations low in year end presser
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Edmonton - Apr. 15, 2014: No one should have been surprised with the approach Craig MacTavish decided to take to his year end press conference. After promising big changes and letting the entire hockey world know he wasn’t an overly patient man during his introduction as the Edmonton Oilers general manger, the fifty-five year old tried putting a positive spin on what was a disastrous 2013-14 campaign. FULL STORY



Edmonton Oilers: A Season to Forget
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Edmonton Oilers: A Season to Forget
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Edmonton - Apr. 15, 2014: It wasn’t supposed to go like this. 2013-14 was the year the Edmonton Oilers were going to play meaningful games deep into the season. While few had them slated to qualify for post-season play for the first time since 2006, almost everyone felt this team was good enough to compete for a spot. Unfortunately, that is not how things played out during Dallas Eakins rookie year behind an NHL bench. FULL STORY



Oilers: The Ryan Smyth Love Affair
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Oilers: The Ryan Smyth Love Affair
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Edmonton - Apr. 13, 2014: In the grand scheme of things, last night’s 5-2 win over the visiting Vancouver Canuck was nothing more than another meaningless season ending victory for the Edmonton Oilers but it was one hell of a special night for Ryan Smyth and his legions of fans across Oil Country and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most touching moments in franchise history FULL STORY



Oilers and other Main-Stream Media Directly Influenced by Main-stream fans
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Oilers and other Main-Stream Media Directly Influenced by Main-stream fans
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Edmonton - Apr. 11, 2014: This post is a response to a piece written by Pat McLean of Black Dog Hates Skunks Blog. As usual when reading through a BDP post, I find myself shaking my head, nodding in approval, having to re-read certain sentences or phrases because they were that good, and others because they didn't make sense to me. It was quite winded, but full of information. I never really felt like it dragged on. I did want to point out some things that I really liked, and some things that I disliked regarding your comments about the roles of storytelling in the main-stream media. FULL STORY



Oilers lose another but Ryan Smyth is now the story
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Oilers lose another but Ryan Smyth is now the story
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Edmonton - Apr. 11, 2014: The scoreline may have read Los Angeles Kings 3 and Edmonton Oilers 0 but in the end it really meant nothing, From now until Saturday night, all that matters in the hearts of Oilers fans will be Ryan Smyth. With the 19 year vet set to play his final NHL game, emotions will be running wild throughout much of Oil Country over the next couple of days. FULL STORY



Oilers: Is Andrei Markov worth going after this summer?
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Oilers: Is Andrei Markov worth going after this summer?
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Edmonton - Apr. 10, 2014: Heading into this year’s NHL Trade Deadline, there were many a rumour surrounding the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov. While such a deal would have made little to no sense for either team to even consider, the Oilers interest in the veteran blueliner was quite real and will likely be revisited this summer. FULL STORY



Avalanche are where the Oilers were hoping to be
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Avalanche are where the Oilers were hoping to be
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Edmonton - Apr. 9, 2014: There are those who will point to the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 loss to the visiting Colorado Avalanche as some sort of disappointment, when in reality it was nothing of the sort. If anything, perhaps the time has come for this organization to worry less about morphing into the Chicago Blackhawks of tomorrow and instead take a page or two out of the Avs playbook. FULL STORY



The Taylor Hall love-in will start once the Oilers win hockey games
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The Taylor Hall love-in will start once the Oilers win hockey games
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Edmonton - Apr. 7, 2014: It seems as though no matter what Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall does out on the ice, it is never quite good enough for many across the hockey world to give him his due as a player. Despite having just received First Star of the Week honours, it appears as though Hall will be looked upon as nothing more than an afterthought until this team starts winning hockey games on a consistent basis. FULL STORY



Oilers continue to make the most of their opportunities
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Oilers continue to make the most of their opportunities
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Edmonton - Apr. 7, 2014: While the Edmonton Oilers have come out with four consecutive solid efforts against teams either comfortably in or battling for a playoff spot in the Western Conference, it has been the play of the opposition’s netminder that has ultimately handed Dallas Eakins’s side back-to back victories. Last night’s 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks was exactly what this team needed from a confidence standpoint but at the same time, it was exactly what they didn’t need in the standings. FULL STORY



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Oilers win could prove to be rather costly
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Edmonton - Apr. 5, 2014: Despite coming out with two solid efforts against the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks earlier in the week, the Edmonton Oilers looked poised to finish the road portion of the 2013-14 schedule in style on Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. Unfortunately for them Thomas Greiss picked one hell of a time to go for an ill-advised stroll behind his net and subsequently ruin what had the makings of a perfect road trip. FULL STORY



The Edmonton Oilers Draft Day Conundrum
The Edmonton Oilers Draft Day Conundrum
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Edmonton - Apr. 4, 2014: On the last weekend in June Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is going to have to make a critical decision. It could be the biggest decision of his career as general manager of the Oilers. Who will he select first in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft? Will it be the hulking defenceman out of Barrie, Aaron Ekblad. Could it be the cerebral center playing for the Ice in Kootenay, Sam Reinhart? Might it Kingston Frontenac superstar, Sam Bennett? Or does MacTavish have his eyes set on German Joe Thornton, Leon Draisaitl? FULL STORY



Oilers fall to Ducks but the kids continue to impress
Oilers fall to Ducks but the kids continue to impress
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Edmonton - Apr. 3, 2014: Despite losing their second game in as many nights to one of the premier teams in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers have to be somewhat satisfied with their play over their last couple of outings. While last night's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks was likely tough to stomach, another great performance from the trio of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins should make it a little easier to digest. FULL STORY



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