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Somebody's Gonna Hurt Someone Before The Night Is Through - Grebs to Arbitration

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Denis Grebeshkov's decision to go to arbitration may be the tipping point for a team perilously close to the cap.

Extreme Makeover, Oilers Edition - Part I

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When I looked at the Oilers roster and cap situation, my conclusion was that Steve Tambellini will likely do a little bit of everything this off-season to get out of cap hell and remake the roster....

Penalty-Killing, 2007-08

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The Edmonton Oilers penalty kill this season went to work at a 84.7% success rate, good for fifth in the league. Penalty-killing is historically a strength on a Craig-Mactavish coached team, going...

Reason #1,334,354 to Ignore Eklund

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This is UFA defenceman Mark Streit. He's been credited this season as the catalyst to Montreal's potent powerplay.He's an interesting player, largely because when not on the powerplay he generally...

The Case for Another Defenseman

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I've been practicing cart-before-the-horse style thinking at this blog lately. My "UFA Option" pieces are posted with the assumption that the Oilers have two or three significant areas of need,...

Dodging Bullets

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I should preface this by saying that I typically like Kevin Lowe as a general manager. The organization's scouting and player development have improved leaps and bounds since he was installed as...

There Is a Market for Sheldon Souray

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Don't believe me? The evidence is all around us. NHL General Managers, a group that on an individual level can be very smart, can be very, very stupid when free agency roles around and there is a...

The Glaring Weakness Almost Nobody's Talking About

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The Oilers defense corps currently looks something like this:LD: Grebeshkov, Souray, Smid, RoyRD: Gilbert, Visnovsky, StaiosWe can toss in some of the kids on whatever side (Hrabal, Peckham,...

Edmonton Oilers Powerplay: 2008-09

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One of the consistent weaknesses of the Edmonton Oilers under Lowe/MacTavish has been the team’s consistent inability to ice a successful powerplay. The highest the powerplay has ever finished is...

Sheldon Souray: Is He Really the Player You Think He Is?

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Too much emphasis has been placed on Sheldon Souray’s season in 2006-07, both by his detractors and by his supporters. The detractors point to his play 5-on-5; they look at his -28 rating, and...

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