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This little Larsson went to Market, Tyson Barrie’s imminent return, the Oilers’ expansion list, and MORE!

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Morning, everyone.

Well, Ethan Bear’s still an Oiler. There, that’s my positive thought of the day. That’s all I’ve got.

So the Oilers’ second pairing is, so far, slated to be Duncan Keith and Evan Bouchard. So much for the notion of him coming here to get away from all those kids dragging him down in Chicago.

Tyson Barrie coming back might change the configuration of the top four to something like Darnell Nurse and Tyson Barrie playing together, which would mean slotting Ethan Bear onto pair two beside Keith. Which will, inevitably, lead to:

Or this:

Of course, it’s entirely possible they’re still trying to deal Bear given Bob Stauffer’s apparent shift on him over the past week. As keen observers will note from the Seravalli quote above, Zack Kassian could be traded post-expansion. That means Bear could be, too, and even though Ethan Bear is among the best players on the team, that doesn’t seem to register for the masses.

In any case, Ken Holland has made it painfully and disappointingly clear that he’s not capable of making this team better. At this point, we have to hope he won’t make it significantly worse.

Godspeed to all of us.

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