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News and Notes: Best Case Scenario For The Oilers?

News and notes for the final pre-season weekend includes the Royal Canadian Navy playing hockey for NATO.

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SB Nation 2014 NHL Preview

SB Nation's NHL Season Preview 2014: Edmonton Oilers Best Case Scenario
"Imagine the following scenario: the Oilers avoid injuries to Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, David Perron, Boyd Gordon, Mark Fayne, Jeff Petry and Ben Scrivens. Martin Marincin continues his incredible level of play on the backend, giving the Oilers three solid options in the top four. Mark Fayne's steady presence brings Nikita Nikitin's game from three years ago back to Edmonton. Justin Schultz improves his defensive play to average"

And then what?  It's not new, but Oilers need everything to break right to be competitive.  Is that enough?

Royal Canadian Navy vs. Galaţi
What do Canadian NATO forces aboard HMCS Toronto do to pass time when they sail into port in Constanța Romania? They play CSM Dunărea Galaţi, a Romanian Hockey League team, of course!

Die By The Blade: Mikhail Grigorenko's journey a lesson in patience
"...but what at first looked like a petulant teenager taking his ball and going home instead turned out to be a young man taking some time to ponder his future with an organization that had mishandled his development at every turn."

Grantland: The Pirates’ Sabermetrics Road Show
"Fitzgerald wouldn’t want to do without either one of what he calls the "sabermetric world" or "the old-school coaching world." "They kind of get played up like they’re two polarizing ideas, but in reality I think they’re a lot closer than that," he says. "The cool thing for us … is that we’ve found the middle ground in there. From case to case, it’s an ebb and flow in terms of which side it may lean on, but both sides have stretched each other."

Silver Seven: Senators Re-sign Bobby Ryan to 7 Year, $7.25 Million Deal
This contract goes to show just how much of a bargain Taylor Hall is.

Defending Big D: Stars Sign Defenseman Brenden Dillon to 1-year, $1.25 Million Contract
This deal highlights just how overpaid Justin Schultz really is.

Defending Big D: Stars Roster Set For Opening Night
Looking at that defense with those forwards - the Stars are going to play a very exciting sort of hockey.