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Don’t Expect Dubnyk Back

It came as a shock to everyone this year the extent of and sheer success of goaltender Devan Dubnyk. Having bounced around from team to team, most hockey fans would have expected Dubnyk’s on ice performance to have suffered, this would have been an extreme blow to his confidence. Instead, Dubnyk has taken the moves and changes and flourished into one of the hottest stories of the NHL this season. This must of course mean that the Oilers are looking at their roster and picking up the phone right? Well… not exactly.

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Oiler’s GM MacTavish Has A Funny Bone

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was relatively quiet trade deadline day. Trading only the expected player, Jeff Petry to the Montreal Canadiens for a couple of picks in this year’s draft, MacT started the day off doing what was expected. What wasn’t expected came at his press conference Monday afternoon.

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Ryan Smyth Laughs About Good Old Days

Retired NHLer and Edmonton fan favourite Ryan Smyth aka Smytty aka Captain Canada has been enjoying retirement these days. He's still watching Oiler games and can sympathise with the team's struggles. In an exclusive two part interview with Jason Gregor of the Team 1260, Oilers Nation and the Edmonton Journal, Smyth talks his introduction to retirement, his introduction to the league and of course his iconic paddle:

Well, first of all, it’s a canoe paddle. (laughs). Second of all, Glen Sather came to me my first year after I had my stick, my heavy stick, thick blade, not much of a curve and he’s like, ‘give me that thing, let me look at it. You need more of a curve, and your lie is wrong.’ And as a young kid you nod. He grabs it and takes me back to Barry Stafford and says, “Staffy, change his stick out for him and get him something else.’ Slats heads back into his back room with his dogs and I said to Staff, ‘give me that thing back; it’s going to work for me. Just leave me alone, I’ll be fine. Thanks for the advice,’ and I continued using it.

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Tales From the Road: San Jose

Just a short drive from the city of San Francisco stands the tech giant city of San Jose California. Thriving on the advent of technology and relishing in the proximity to some of the world’s best produce and wine the city of San Jose has grown to also incorporate their love for sport, and especially their love for hockey.

The San Jose Sharks have been a team to beat season after season, and finally in April of 2014 we were able to cross this arena off of the list.

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Re-purposing Rexall Place

Edmonton is getting a new arena, that is something well known. What isn’t well known, well, it isn’t even known at this point in time, what should be done with the old arena?

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Oilers Break it off with the Barons

From Mike Johnston at Sportsnet:

The Oklahoma City Barons, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, announced Thursday it will cease operations at the end of the 2014-15 season.

The decision comes after the Barons were unable to complete a new affiliation agreement with the Oilers. The Barons have been the Oilers’ AHL affiliate since the 2010-11 AHL season.

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Oilers Struggles Intensify

The Edmonton Oilers made yet another mercy pull Monday. This time was different though, it wasn't one of the goaltenders that were a decided improvement on Devon Dubnyk last season, (are we so sure that was a drastic improvement now?) no it was head coach Dallas Eakins who was mercifully pulled from this season and it's losses.

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2014 Edmonton Oil Kings Teddy Bear Toss Draws Record Crowd

It took only 51 seconds for centreman Andrew Koep to find the back of the net, giving the Edmonton Oil Kings a 1-0 lead over the Moose Jaw Warriors and Santa's Annonumous thousands and thousands of bears. 

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Oilers struggles go deeper than on ice performance

The Edmonton Oilers are bad, really bad, so bad that they are quite literally the laughing stock of the NHL. But it shouldn’t be that way. They should be able to block shots, they should be able to play together as a team but the most glaring issue with the team seems to be their ability to stick together, to play together, and to be a team.

Jason Gregor from TSN 1260 and Oilers Nation has penned a very telling piece on the team’s struggles:
 

They don't play for another. They don't protect one another. They aren't willing to do whatever it takes to win for each other. And when a team doesn't have that, they are doomed.

The players have to be unified, even if the other team has more talent. If they don't believe in each other and aren't willing to defend one another this team will never win. They will never become competitive.

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Hall’s Injury Indicates Holes in Oilers’ Roster

Taylor Hall is out. Again. But of course, early in the season. This injury is not a statement about Taylor Hall’s health, athleticism or work ethic; this is about the Edmonton Oiler’s ability to fill in their roster.

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Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.

Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.

Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.

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