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#Oilers sign Shore and Stanton to PTOs, WJC updates, LTIR and the cap, Ethan Bear’s ceiling, defensive depth, and MORE! Happy New Year’s Eve Eve.

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Morning, folks!

Guess the old alarm was on holidays this morning, as yours truly woke up well behind schedule.

What actually happened is my giant’s body rolled on top of my phone last night, and suffocated even the notion of sound from my poor S10. To make matters worse, I slept entirely on my right forearm and only now, 20 minutes later, am I regaining the feeling in it.

Good morning, indeed.

C&B alum Alan hull had an interesting take on the state of the Oilnion this morning:

I think he might be right. I’ve long said that, despite the F group improving, the D group likely hasn’t and same with the G. But, even with similarly uninspiring D and G groups last year, they were middling, and the F group is significantly and obviously better. And who knows, maybe Caleb Jones outkicks even my high expectations and supplants Darnell Nurse to become the team’s most counted on LD by season’s end. Who knows?

I definitely agree that Ken Holland has, on balance, had a pretty great summer — apart from failing to meaningfully improve the goaltending, of course — and there is real cause for excitement heading into what will surely be one of the weirdest NHL seasons we ever witness.


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Edmonton Oilers Sign Devin Shore, Ryan Stanton To Professional Tryouts (ON)

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