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AND WE’RE BACK! NHL reaches RTP agreement, will start January 13th. PLUS: North Division is a go, Ethan Bear’s next deal, Captain Broberg, taxi squads, prospect updates, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

It’s a huge news day what with the NHL figuring its shit out and finalizing a Return to Play agreement that will see them play 56 games. Games will be played within these divisions only to reduce travel and, thus, risk to all involved, which means, among other things, that the Oilers will get the Flames 9 or 10 times this season.

It’s going to be insane.

Beyond that, there’s also this little nugget, courtesy Oilers radio man Bob Stauffer:

I always thought those were the lyrics to Kris Russell’s music but, to be fair, the Oilers haven’t really replaced Oscar Klefbom in any way — Tyson Barrie is not that, IMO — and there are some capable LHD still available. Like this one:

Of course, they still don’t have money to pay Ethan Bear, but if they are going to be bargain bin hunting for LHD, Slater Koekkoek would be a nice get for the Oilers.

EDIT - How did I miss this?

Per Google:

“Jesse Puljujärvi leaves the Flies and heads to Edmonton to prepare for the upcoming NHL season. Thanks to Jesse for the last seasons and good luck chasing the dream!”

2021 Return To Play Official: Oilers Will Play In All Canadian “North” Division (Copper and Blue)

NHL Tentatively Set To Begin 2021 Season On January 13th (Copper and Blue)

Oilers 12 Days Of Hockeymas: Revisiting 4 First-Overall Draft Picks (THW)

Tkachuk Says More Battles Of Alberta Will Be Great For Hockey (Score)

It’s Morning In Canada (Lowetide)

Taking Stock Of Edmonton Oilers’ Evolving Roster Situation As Training Camp (Theoretically) Looms (Journal)

Edmonton Oilers Prospect Phillip Broberg Named Swedish World Junior Team Captain (ON)

Big Opportunity (Lowetide)

Oilers And Flames Prospects Teaming Up For Team Canada (Sun)

21 Questions: Who Should Jesse Puljujarvi Play With? (ON)

We (May) Have A Season! (Lowetide)

2021 World Junior Championship Preview (ON)

Team Canada Names Kirby Dach Captain For World Juniors (SN)

Lowetide: Danger, Heartbreak Ahead For Oilers, Ethan Bear In Contract Situation (Athletic)

Lowetide: Tyler Tullio Is The Latest Oilers Draft Pick To Make An Impression (Athletic)