1. 2011-12 NHL Season Review: Is Jeff Petry as Good a Defenceman as Drew Doughty?

    When the average hockey fan reads the headline above, their first thoughts are to question the brand of prescription pills the writer is on and whether or not a qualified pharmacist prescribed said pills...

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  2. Collective Bargaining: Summarizing the Current Rules of NHL Free Agency

    The NHL owners reportedly submitted their first proposal to the NHLPA. It was a move that some anointed as "the first shot in what could be an all-out war." Yahoo's "Puck Daddy" blog has an excellent summation of the offer here ...

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  3. 2012 NHL Mock Draft: Nail Yakupov to Go First Overall

    The season has concluded, and with it the attention of the hockey universe collectively shifts towards the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to be held in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...

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  4. NHL Coaches: What Lies Ahead for Former Edmonton Oilers Bench Boss Tom Renney?

    My favourite memory of Tom Renney came at the Edmonton International Airport last summer. I, being an obsessed 18-year-old hockey fan and budding sports journalist, was about to embark on my first vacation paid for exclusively by myself...

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  5. Edmonton Oilers: 5 Under the Radar Names to Consider in Coaching Search

    News came down this week that Tom Renney would not be back as Edmonton's head coach. The one-time New York Rangers bench boss will not be back for a third season coaching the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers ...

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  6. NHL Coaching Changes: Predicting What Will Happen in the Canadian Cities

    Three cities with three very different situations are in the market for new bench bosses for the 2012-13 season. The Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames suffered through seasons of regret...

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  7. Nashville Predators: Character Doesn't Count When It Comes to Alexander Radulov

    This was supposed to be the Nashville Predators year. The organization had loyally stood by Head Coach Barry Trotz and General Manager David Poile as they rose from expansion ...

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  8. NHL Playoffs 2012: Will Todd McLellan Be Fired After Sharks' Latest Failure?

    San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, much like his Philadelphia counterpart Paul Holmgren, played with fire last offseason...

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  9. Edmonton Oilers: Will Tom Renney Remain Head Coach Beyond This Season?

    Tonight, the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets do battle in a game that means very little in the grand scheme of the 2011-12 NHL season...

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  10. 2011-12 NHL Success Stories: Jaroslav Halak Used to Competition in the Crease

    In a first round chock full of future NHL All- Stars , the 2003 NHL Entry Draft may go down as one of the league's finest classes ever...

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  11. 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Defencemen Reinhart, Dumba Lead Strong WHL Class

    On Saturday night hockey fans in Edmonton were treated to a showcase of top-end 2012 NHL Draft talent. Griffin Reinhart, a defenceman on the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL), led the team against a Red Deer Rebels team featuring Matt Dumba...

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  12. Edmonton Oilers: What Does the Ales Hemsky Signing Mean for Other Forwards?

    We received news yesterday, through Twitter of course, that Ales Hemsky was not going to test the sometimes fickle waters of unrestricted free agency and that he had agreed to a new contract...

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  13. Edmonton Oilers: 5 Statistics That Put the Season in Context

    Before the season began, Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney was quoted that last year the team was "playing with house money" and that this year would be where winning and the formation of expectations would take place...

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  14. NHL Facts: Salary Cap News and Information Before the Trade Deadline

    With the NHL trade deadline just weeks away (Monday, February 27), teams will be looking to strengthen their organizations, either for an imminent playoff run or for the future (which never ends if you're an Edmonton Oilers fan)...

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  15. 2011 NHL Mock Draft: Busts, Sleepers and No.1 Overall Picks, Oh My!

    With the NHL Entry Draft being less than a month away, here is my version of how the events will unfold on June 24 at the Excel Energy Center in Minneapolis. Without further ado, here is how the first round will unfold in just a few weeks...

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  16. Edmonton Oilers: Should They Trade Jordan Eberle for Jordan Staal?

    In a previous article, I wrote how Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal has not lived up to the expectations of where he was selected in the draft (second overall in 2006); and that he is very close to being labeled a draft bust ...

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  17. Pittsburgh Penguins: Was Drafting Jordan Staal 2nd Overall in 2006 a Mistake?

    The 2006 draft, like every draft, presented its own set of intrigue. Erik Johnson, a defenceman playing out of the US National Development, was the consensus best player available and, with the St...

    Salim Valji Written by Salim Valji about over 3 years ago 1,354 reads 13 comments

  18. Washington Capitals: Why Hiring Craig MacTavish Makes Sense

    With the latest episode of "Washington Capitals Playoff Woes" having just finished shooting in Tampa Bay, the next step for this franchise revolves around head coach Bruce Boudreau...

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  19. Edmonton Oilers: Players to Consider in the First Round with LA's Pick, Part 1

    With the Dustin Penner acquisition not paying off the way Dean Lombardi would have hoped, the Oilers find themselves with the 19th overall selection at the NHL Entry Draft...

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  20. Loose for Larsson or Hope for Hopkins: What Should the Oilers Do Come Draft Day?

    Once again the Oilers will likely have the first overall selection at the NHL entry draft, where they will be able to draft another potential cornerstone for a franchise that surprisingly has, in fact, won the Stanley Cup before...

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  21. NHL Trade Deadline 2011: Why the Edmonton Oilers Lost the Dustin Penner Trade

    The Edmonton Oilers are a mediocre NHL organization, and one that is desperately trying to shed that label. But then you have yet another failure by the organization—the Dustin Penner trade...

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  22. NHL Trade Deadline Day: and the Award for Stupidest NHL Executive Goes To...

    No one ever wants to get branded as the worst of their profession but it is inevitable that in every job, some are very good and others, well, not so much...

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  23. Edmonton Oilers: Why Trading Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky Makes Sense

    Why should Steve Tambellini trade away his two best players? Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky are young, have manageable contracts and currently sit third and first respectively in scoring for a team that is looking to get more competitive...

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  24. Montreal Canadiens: Why Dustin Penner Makes Sense

    Trade deadline time has drawn near, and with it the rumours and speculation that come with Canada's second favourite day to July 1 (free agency opens). On the Oilers end of the spectrum, another long summer of golf is ahead...

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  25. 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships: Inside the Canadian Collapse, Part 1

    We all know the story by now. A 3-0 lead at the end of two periods so quickly became one of the biggest collapses in Canadian hockey history. So what exactly happened? This is the question that has consumed me for the past few weeks...

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