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Oilers ink Draisaitl to entry level deal but should he start the year in the NHL?
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Oilers ink Draisaitl to entry level deal but should he start the year in the NHL?
Rob Soria
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Edmonton - Aug. 12, 2014:
It may have taken longer than many across Oil Country would have hoped but as of this morning, Leon Draisaitl is officially a member of the Edmonton Oilers. The two sides finally agreed to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” on a three year entry level deal that will likely all but guarantee the former Prince Albert Raiders star centre starts his NHL career in the Alberta capital this October. FULL STORY


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Oilers: Eakins will need to be much better in year two in order to keep his job
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Oilers: Eakins will need to be much better in year two in order to keep his job
Rob Soria
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Edmonton - Aug. 11, 2014: While the Edmonton Oilers organization might not say publicly, one has to think head coach Dallas Eakins will be on the hot seat in 2014-15. After leading this team to a last place finish in the Western Conference standings, the chances of Eakins surviving another year of under achievement appear to be almost zero. FULL STORY



Justin Schultz is going to cost the Edmonton Oilers a pretty penny
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Justin Schultz is going to cost the Edmonton Oilers a pretty penny
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Edmonton - Aug. 1, 2014: When the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenceman Jake Gardiner agreed to five year extension, many an Oiler fan felt Craig MacTavish had a fair comparable to use in his negotiations with blueliner Justin Schultz. While both play a very similar style of game and have many of the same shortcomings, there is one massive difference between the two that simply cannot be ignored. That of course is the fact Schultz signed with the Oilers as a free agent. FULL STORY



Edmonton Oilers: Wait and See at 2C
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Edmonton Oilers: Wait and See at 2C
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Edmonton - Jul. 31, 2014: The Edmonton Oilers are taking a big risk by putting their second line centre hopes on Mark Arcobello and Leon Draisaitl, but in doing so Mactavish is holding onto valuable assets and organizational depth, which will make this team perennial contenders. FULL STORY



TIMEOUT - What is your favourite NHL jersey?
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TIMEOUT - What is your favourite NHL jersey?
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Stoney Point - Jul. 31, 2014: In this week's installment of 30 Second Timeout we asked the following question: Almost every NHL team has a home, away and alternate jersey. In addition, there are a number of jersey styles that are no longer in use, meaning the current 30 teams have over 100 jerseys. Of all these jerseys, what are your top three and why? FULL STORY



Enigmatic Yakupov and The Bounce Back
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Enigmatic Yakupov and The Bounce Back
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Edmonton - Jul. 24, 2014: Nail Yakupov is primed for a bounce back season after a disappointing sophomore campaign. FULL STORY



TIMEOUT - Which current NHL coach will be fired first?
TIMEOUT - Which current NHL coach will be fired first?
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Stoney Point - Jul. 22, 2014: In this week's installment of 30 Second Timeout we asked the following question: It has been said that NHL coaches are hired to be fired. Which current NHL coach will be the first to be fired? Randy Carlyle, Dallas Eakins, Paul MacLean, Todd McLellan or who else? FULL STORY



Oilers and their fans need to show patience with Mitch Moroz
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Oilers and their fans need to show patience with Mitch Moroz
Rob Soria
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Edmonton - Jul. 21, 2014: The 2014-15 campaign will mark the first season in the pro game for Edmonton Oilers prospect Mitch Moroz. While the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward will find himself in the AHL to start his career, fans of the Oilers should not expect to see the twenty year old become a regular fixture in the National Hockey League for some time. FULL STORY



NHL Proposal - 2015-16 Expansion and Realignment
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NHL Proposal - 2015-16 Expansion and Realignment
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Stoney Point - Jul. 18, 2014: There has been a great deal of speculation in the media recently about Wayne Gretzky being part of a group that would bring NHL hockey to Seattle. Those rumours follow closely on ones that suggest that Quebec City is close to bringing back the Nordiques. Based on these two possible NHL destinations, I would like to make the following NHL expansion and realignment proposal for the 2015-16 season. FULL STORY



Oilers: It’s now or never for Tyler Pitlick
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Oilers: It’s now or never for Tyler Pitlick
Rob Soria
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Edmonton - Jul. 15, 2014: When the Edmonton Oilers decided to use the first pick of the second round on Tyler Pitlick back in 2010, they were hoping they were bringing in an important piece of their future. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way but Pitlick will be given every opportunity to crack this roster in October and he would be wise to make the most of the opportunity...if he has any real intention of remaining with this organization. FULL STORY



The Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov and Opportunity
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The Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov and Opportunity
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Edmonton - Jul. 9, 2014: While Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish made a point of going out and adding a pair of veteran wingers in Benoit Pouliot and Teddy Purcell to his roster for the coming 2014-15 season, one can't help but wonder how their arrival in town will affect how head coach Dallas Eakins ultimately decides to deploy Nail Yakupov. FULL STORY



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Oilers are missing the boat when it comes to Jeff Petry
Oilers are missing the boat when it comes to Jeff Petry
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Edmonton - Jul. 8, 2014: The Edmonton Oilers announced the signing of defenceman Jeff Petry to one year / $3.075 million deal on Monday morning and the move clearly signifies a watershed moment between the organization and player. From an organizational standpoint, Craig MacTavish would be wise to ink the American blueliner to a long-term deal come next January, as trading him away would be a major mistake. FULL STORY



Oilers will go another year without a true second line centre
Oilers will go another year without a true second line centre
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Edmonton - Jul. 3, 2014: While Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was a busy man on July 1st, he was unable to find the second line centre this team so desperately needs. With Leon Draisaitl now in the mix and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins about to enter his fourth season in the National Hockey League, expecting MacTavish to make any sort of major move would be nothing more than wishful thinking. FULL STORY



MacTavish adds more depth but nothing to the top half of the Oilers roster
MacTavish adds more depth but nothing to the top half of the Oilers roster
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Edmonton - Jul. 2, 2014: Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish wasted little time in making his mark during the opening day of the NHL’s annual Free Agent Frenzy, inking former New Jersey Devils blueliner Mark Fayne and New York Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot to long-term extensions, as well as depth defenceman Keith Aulie to a one year pact but he has still done very little to impact the top half of his roster. FULL STORY



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