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Hot Links: Wednesday, July 1

NHL approaching Hub City decision with Edmonton and Toronto all but official, a look at Ryan Huffner’s chances at camp, Darnell Nurse’s career so far, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

Excuse my tardiness I had to see a few dogs about a few different horses this morning. I’ve never known quite what that means but I do love its performance as a vague excuse.

The biggest story of the day is, unquestionably, that TSN’s Bob McKenzie all but confirmed Edmonton and Toronto as NHL Hub cities. There are still a number of important details to work out, but it’s basically official now.

I have mixed feelings about it, ranging from ‘I don’t like this, really’ to ‘I really don’t like this’, but it is what it is. What do you think? Or, if you’re living in Edmonton right now, what would you think if the circus came to your city?

Ryan Kuffner was an extra in the Andreas Athanasiou deadline-day acquisition, but might he have a shot at the first team at camp?

The crew over at Broad Street Hockey apparently woke up on the wrong side of the pissed in corn flakes with a real burr in their bonnet this morning. What gives, Philly?

The Athletic spoke to Wayne Gretzky, mostly about making and liking alcohol.

The Athletic also ran through every team’s best and worst Draft classes of all time. Which Draft classes represented the Oilers’ best and worst? Let us know in the comments.

From Us

Hot Links: Tuesday, June 30 (Copper and Blue)

From Elsewhere

Why we hate the Edmonton Oilers (Broad Street Hockey)

NHL Resuming Action In Edmonton And Toronto? (Sportsnet)

Training Camp Hopeful No. 1: Ryan Kuffner (Lowetide)

Building A Starting Line-Up From The Top One-Season Wonders In Edmonton Oilers History (Oilersnation)

Report: Edmonton To Be NHL Hub City (Oilersnation)

Hunter Vs Gritty On Robot Chicken (Oilersnation)

NHL History: Seven Years Ago Today, Edmonton Oilers Draft Darnell Nurse (Oilersnation)

For Money

Q&A: Wayne Gretzky on making whisky, learning to like IPAs and loving cheap wine (Athletic)

Wheeler: Every NHL team’s best draft of the last 20 years (Athletic)

Wheeler: Every NHL team’s worst draft of the last 20 years (Athletic)