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All the news that you can use from Edmonton and around the NHL. A surge of orange, blowing up the Oilers, Flyers fans mock Patrick Kane, and more.

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Oilers plan a year-long series to bid farewell to Rexall Place - Terry Jones -- Edmonton Sun
The great goodbye to Edmonton’s house of hockey history begins tonight. The final season of the Edmonton Oilers in the building that began as the Northlands Coliseum will be a 41-game emotional trip into history full of nostalgia, joy, sadness and featuring a plethora of players from the past.

Oilers hope ‘Orange Surge’ becomes new Edmonton tradition -- Edmonton Journal
Orange might be Edmonton’s unofficial colour. The pylons and barricades lining our roads, the safety attire borne by working men and women, the river valley in fall, the political party that ended a dynasty and this newspaper’s new colours are all tangerine-tinted. But the city’s crush on orange is set to deepen at the Edmonton Oilers home opener Thursday. The Oilers will sport orange sweaters and want fans to follow suit.

Taylor Hall hammered in social media after fighting illness to play for the Edmonton Oilers |- Jonathan Willis -- Cult of Hockey
Taylor Hall almost didn’t play in Tuesday’s loss to Dallas. He missed the morning skate with illness, with head coach Todd McLellan saying at the time that he wasn’t feeling well but that the team hoped he would be up to playing that evening. As it turned out, he was well enough to dress and along with the rest of the Oilers get thumped by the Stars. What was incredible during the game was how quickly fans on social media started savaging the player.

Is it time to blow up Edmonton Oilers? That’s what Craig Button suggests - David Staples -- Cult of Hockey
This just in from former NHL GM Craig Button, now a hockey insider on TSN, his spiel on Leafs Lunch that it’s time to blow up the Oilers: "The same group of guys has been instrumental in helping them be one of the worst teams in the league for the last half-dozen years. So, you know, I think Todd McLellan is an elite coach. I think Peter Chiarelli, the change in the manager’s offices has got a chance to be real positive, but they have to start moving out players."

Give 'em Enought Rope - Lowetide -- OilersNation
It's early days, but Andrej Sekera's performance three games into the season doesn't match the expectations placed on him. He's not alone -- the entire defense has been wobbly at times this year. That's good news. Why? The future of this Oilers defense is finally coming into view.

There is no quick fix for Oilers - Jason Gregor -- OilersNation
The Oilers and their fans had to endure a heavy dose of reality last night. After two games decent games, albeit both losses, the Oilers reverted to their old ways in Dallas. They lost battles, they spent too much time in the defensive end, they made wrong reads, they made bad passes and wrong decisions and the Stars fired 51 shots at Anders Nilsson in a 4-2 loss. Fans watched in horror thinking "here we go again." The wise hockey fan will realize this is not a coaching issue. It is on the players to play better, and until the are committed to making the right play more often than the wrong one this team will continue to lose.

Five things we’ve learned about the Oilers after the season’s first road trip - Joanne Ireland -- Edmonton Journal
It was never going to be an easy start for the Edmonton Oilers, not with road games against the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars. But the team returned to Edmonton without a point. Joanne Ireland looks at five things worth noting now that the first three games are in the books.

After a winless season-opening road trip, the Oilers look to turn game around for home opener - Rob Tychkowski -- Edmonton Sun
The Edmonton Oilers won’t be home for long, but they’re definitely longing for home. After a three-game road trip that got worse with every stop, culminating in a stinker that brought back chilling memories of the Dallas Eakins era, they will try again for their first win of the season at Thursday’s Rexall Place home opener.

Around the NHL

Senior NHL lawyer advised league to ‘leave dementia issues up to the NFL’ -- TSN
A senior National Hockey League lawyer wrote in an email to commissioner Gary Bettman that the league should not put an emphasis on exploring the alleged link between concussions and long-term brain injuries among retired NHL players, and should instead "leave the dementia issues up to the NFL!"

Flyers fans chanted 'She said no!' at Patrick Kane -- Broad Street Hockey
You've got to hear it to believe it.

Longing for the Old-School Waiver Draft -- Grantland
For 27 years, hockey fans could look forward to an (almost) annual leaguewide draft of has-beens and never-weres, all held just a few days before the start of the regular season. And it was magic — a world of wasted picks, shady backroom deals, and "I didn’t know that guy was still playing" wonder. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights.

New York Rangers Analysis: An Anchor Named Tanner Glass -- Blueshirt Banter
My criticism of Tanner Glass and the way he plays hockey is not an attack on him personally. Off the ice and in the locker room Glass is an exceptionally good person and he is beloved by his teammates. He's easy to like and will do whatever he is capable of doing to help his team win a hockey game, unfortunately the things that he is capable of doing are not correlated to winning games. This is not a critique of Tanner Glass the person, it is a critique of Tanner Glass the hockey player.

Lance Bouma suffers broken fibula, out for three months -- Matchsticks and Gasoline
When you're as tough a player as Bouma is, you try to play through anything. You can't exactly play with a broken leg, though.