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Hot Links: Friday, August 14

Who stays and who doesn’t? Trading Klefbom? No thanks. PLUS: goaltending, defending, Oilers goals from the qualification round, and MORE!

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Morning, folks!

In what I’d hope the punditry considers a bounce-back performance, we’re back at it bright and early on this fantastic Friday morning. Dare I say, on time?

Yesterday the Twitter account bore witness to some fervent debate sparked by comments from Elliotte Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts:


Which led me to wonder aloud:

Oscar Klefbom is the team’s best defenseman and he’s on a lovely contract for three more seasons. If there is any merit to these latest rumors, it’s probably time to fire Ken Holland. Of course, these are insider rumors and they’re probably not worth much right now, but if there is literally any truth to it, the Oilers might want to find themselves a new GM. When Peter Chiarelli suggested trading Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, he should have been let go immediately, before he could actually do that damage.

If Ken Holland truly believes that Nurse is more important than Klefbom — and more valuable to the Oilers moving forward — that’s a similar red flag for me. I don’t like it one bit.

Reviewing the Oilers performance against Chicago (Copper and Blue)

Lazy Links: Thursday, August 13 (Copper and Blue)

The Nation Bubble Roundup (Oilersnation)

Ken Holland Discusses Oilers Goaltending Situation (Oilers Rig)

Defending Was Main Issue (Oilersnation)

How Did Oilers Score Their Goals… (Oilersnation)

Random Thoughts: It’s Going To Get Weird Around Here Again, Isn’t It? (Oilersnation)

Who Stays? Who Goes? The Most Likely Players To Stay With And Leave The Oilers (Athletic)