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Oil Spills: Monday Links - Happy Thanksgiving

All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. Nikitin isn't going to Russia, Ovechkin is pretty good, the Ducks are losing money, and more.

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About the Oilers

Nikita Nikitin is going nowhere - Jonathan Willis -- OilersNation
Everyone hoping that Nikita Nikitin would just quietly disappear to Russia will simply have to get used to disappointment. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 29-year-old defenceman will be staying in the Oilers’ system after all.

Early struggles for Edmonton Oilers defencemen Andrej Sekera - Rob Tychkowski -- Edmonton Sun
When the Edmonton Oilers signed Andrej Sekera to that six-year, $33 million contract, they were hoping he would be a stabilizing element on their blue line. And they are still hoping that.

Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos fans need to chill - Terru Jones -- Edmonton Sun
Take a pill, Edmonton. There’s a built in panic level in place because of Edmonton’s out-of-it-by-Halloween recent history. I get it.

No wins for Oilers goalie Cam Talbot despite good start to NHL season - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
Two solid individual games. No wins for the team. And none of it added up to a significant amount of satisfaction for Talbot, who faced 31 shots against the St. Louis Blues in his first game in his new role. He surrendered two in that game before the hosts scored into an empty net.

Is Nail Yakupov’s last, best shot with the Edmonton Oilers right now? - Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Nail Yakupov’s long-term future with the Edmonton Oilers is very much in jeopardy. Nearly 200 games into his NHL career, the 2012 No. 1 pick isn’t reliable defensively and isn’t a difference-maker offensively, and that makes it very easy to envision a scenario in which the bulk of his Oilers’ career is already in the rearview mirror. That’s what makes his current opportunity so tantalizing.

Can Edmonton afford to pass on Matt Irwin? - Jonathan Willis -- OilersNation
On Sunday, the Boston Bruins waived defenceman Matt Irwin, a mobile, puck-moving, 6’1", 207 pound defenceman who most recently played under Todd McLellan in San Jose. Can the Oilers afford not to put a claim in?

Bogdan Yakimov one of few bright spots as Bakersfield Condors get stomped - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
Like the Edmonton Oilers, the Bakersfield Condors have played two games and scored just one goal. But while Bakersfield cranked out numerous scoring chances and  deserved a few more goals in its 1-to-0 opening night win over Grand Rapids, the Condors got stomped by the Ontario Reign on Saturday. They were outscored 5-to-0 and out-chanced 21 to 10.

Oilers’ farm team waits for Ben Scrivens, Nikita Nikitin to be cleared to play - Jim Matheson -- Edmonton Journal
Because goalie Ben Scrivens and defenceman Nikita Nikitin still have to get their visa issues resolved, neither dressed this past weekend for the Bakersfield Condors after being assigned to the Edmonton Oilers’ American Hockey League farm team.

Around the NHL

Alex Ovechkin goes end-to-end for amazing highlight reel goal --
There's been a lot of talk about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel these days, and how the future of the NHL is here. Alex Ovechkin would like to rudely remind you that he is still the present.

Anaheim Ducks owners committed despite losses in ‘double-digit millions’ -- Los Angeles Daily News
The Ducks remain a money loser for the Samuelis, but they say they are willing to pay what it takes within a yearly budget to put a contending team on the ice.

Brad Marchand out indefinitely with concussion -- Puck Daddy
Captain Zdeno Chara (upper body injury) has yet to play in the team’s first two games – both losses – and now comes word that agitating forward Brad Marchand is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Happy Thanksgiving