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Ho hum, ho hum, there’s much work to be done.

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7
“So you just, don’t tie your tie? That’s all you have to do?!” - Bob Nicholson, probably
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Good morning!

Not much to talk about today as our heroes stood pat once more. It’s only July, but it’s also almost August, which is the month before training camp... Anyway, it’s fine. I’m sure it’s fine. It’s probably fine. It might be fine.

...Will it be fine? I’m thinking no.

The Open Championship started this morning, and given the time change you’ll be able to follow the afternoon tee times along while at work if you can find a way to stream it. That’s how I’m gonna be spending most of my work day.

The Oilers’ farm club in Bakersfield added a few new bodies to their roster on AHL-only deals.

A story came out yesterday indicating Connor McDavid’s desperation to play in the playoffs. The buzzword of the summer, ‘stability’, is mentioned in the subhead. Yeesh. If only that buzzword was something like ‘being good’, or ‘not being bad’, maybe we’d have something of a competitive roster heading into the season. If they go another year in the bottom third though, I imagine that same article gets printed next summer but with the addendum: “Somewhere else.” If not next summer, it can’t be too many summers after that unless they get significantly better, relatively quickly.

Here’s hoping Gaetan Haas is actually Mario Lemieux, right?

From Us

Yesterday. (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Lowetide’s daily dose. (Lowetide)

Parkatti’s second piece in his series about goaltenders. (Boys on the Bus)

That McDavid story. (NHL.com)

More on the AHL deals. (Oilers.com)

Keep Nuge Forever. (Oilersnation)

Gregor sat down with new Director of Pro Scouting Archie Henderson. (Oilersnation)

One of our own: Frequent commentor bwar has written some Oilers articles. Check them out if you’re so inclined. (Scorum)

For Money

Lowetide on training camp. (The Athletic)

Young Willis on what Ken Holland might be thinking RE: 2020. (The Athletic)

Dom on every NHL team’s contract efficiency. The Oilers placing might surprise you, but the reasons driving their placement are obvious. And few. (The Athletic)

DNB on the work Ken Holland has left, and his only real avenue through which to accomplish it. (The Athletic)