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Bruce McCurdy

  • joined Nov 07, 2008
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Oilers' Zone Differential

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Which Oilers were driving the play in the right direction? Which Oilers were getting crushed? Faceoff stats provide more evidence.

Liam Reddox Re-ups with Oilers

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Another solid AHL vet for OKC, and a possible injury call-up with a modicum of big league experience already under his belt. I still think there's a chance that Reddox has an NHL career as an effective bottom-sixer, though it may yet be a couple years away.

Verdammt! Tambellini Finds a Real Goalie

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Oilers address goaltending depth by signing Swiss veteran Martin Gerber

Taylor Hall: #1 in Edmonton's Top 25 Under 25

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No surprise at the top of the list, as Taylor Hall reprises his #1 role in the Oilers Top 25 Under 25.

Expected ZoneFinish

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What is the relationship between where a player begins his shift and where he ends it?

Edmonton's Top 25 Under 25 - #5 Ladislav Smid

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The only defenceman to crack the top 10, Ladi Smid is a key player in the Oilers' future.

Ralph Krueger named Oilers' associate coach

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Steve Tambellini and Tom Renney have gone outside the box in hiring long-time Swiss national team bench boss Ralph Krueger as Associate Coach. The 50-year-old Krueger is a Winnipeg native and WHL grad, but has spent the last three decades as a successful player and coach in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. During his 13 year tenure with Switzerland - the longest stint by any national team coach since Viktor Tikhonov - the Swiss moved up from 15th to 7th in the world rankings. Krueger also authored a book, "Team Life: Over Setbacks to Success", and is a frequent motivational speaker. The advantages of having a European voice in the room were recently discussed by Copper & Blue readers dazzer64 and Andrew W in the comments section of this post. Krueger brings both European sensitivities and Canadian upbringing to the position as Renney's second-in-command, and is an intriguing choice to fill this important post.

Remembering the Magic Man

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Kent Nilsson was a rarity: he starred for the Jets, Flames, and Oilers.

Edmonton's Top 25 Under 25 - #15 Chris Vande Velde

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Chris Vande Velde is the type of player the Oilers desperately need.

Smitty the First

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Despite his infamous moment, new Oilers asst coach Steve Smith was an outstanding rearguard back in the day.

Steve Smith, Kelly Buchberger hired as Oilers assistant coaches

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The Edmonton Oilers coaching staff gets tougher with the hiring of franchise PiM leaders Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith

Oilers Summer Camp, Day Four: Harski & Clutch

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Oilers' development camp winds down with three-on-three scrimmages before a large and appreciative crowd.

Oilers Summer Camp, Day Three: Belles & Whistles

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A review of the day's activities at Oilers' summer development camp.

Oilers Summer Camp, Day Two: Skills & Drills

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A brief synopsis of Day Two of development camp.

Shot Quality vs. Quantity II - The Playoffs Are Different, Who Knew?

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What works in the playoffs - outshooting your opponent, or riding the shooting percentages at both ends?

Oilers Summer Camp, Day One: Stu's Crew

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Oilers' prospects take to the ice for summer development camp before a jam packed house.

Hall Signs, Heads to Development Camp

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Led by the newly-signed Taylor Hall, a strong group of Oilers' prospects takes to the ice for summer development camp tomorrow.

Brule Files For Arbitration

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Darren Dreger tweets that Gilbert Brule has filed for salary arbitration before today's noon deadline. We at the Copper & Blue anticipated this development weeks ago, when we did a mock arbitration hearing, featuring opening arguments, rebuttals, and ruling.

Oilers Unveil New Training Staff

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T.D. Forss, formerly of the Edmonton Eskimos, has been hired as the Oilers' head athletic therapist. Jeff Lang and Brad Harrison will serve as head and assistant equipment managers, respectively.

LADIES AND ... gentleman? HHoF bungles its big day

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A review of the Hockey Hall of Fame's controversial inclusions and exclusions in its Class of 2010.

Hall-elujah

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A report from the Oilers draft party at Rexall Place Friday evening.

Class of 1980: Best Oilers draft ever?

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30 years ago this month, the #Oilers made a splash at the Entry Draft.

Oilers acquire Colin Fraser from Stanley Cup champs

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An in-depth look at Colin Fraser, acquired by the Oilers from Chicago late Wednesday.

The changing relationship between goals and winning in Gary Bettman's NHL

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"The changing relationship between goals and winning in Gary Bettman's NHL" or "More evidence on how the Bettman Point makes logic and reason cry"

Lander turns down Oilers offer, to remain in Timrå

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Latest developments concerning Oilers' prospect Anton Lander.

Oilers part company with Rob Daum

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The Edmonton Journal (among others) reports that Springfield Falcons head coach Rob Daum will not be returning to that position in Oklahoma City, and will not be returning to the organization in any capacity. No official announcement from the Oilers as yet, but it sounds like a done deal.

Stanley Cup 2010: Ruminations and Enumerations

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Ruminations and enumerations of the Stanley Finals, from the boonies of last place

Stanley Cup 2010: Observations and Vituperations

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Observations and vituperations of the Stanley Finals from the boonies of last place

There's a lot of areas, when you're in the position that we're in, you can mention any area. Aside...

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There's a lot of areas, when you're in the position that we're in, you can mention any area. Aside from I would say maybe our goaltending, we have two very good young goaltenders and Nik Khabibulin with uh Deslauriers and Dubnyk you know with him. Our defence will probably be we're gonna need to uh bolster that for sure. Down the middle I say um I would say is where we need a couple people inside to step up and be more prominent, but I'd say that would probably be the most uh area that requires um improvement and attention to maybe changing. The ever-eloquent Steve Tambellini, when asked on NHL Live (NHL Network) what areas of the Oilers needed improvement this summer. Key words seem to be "Down the middle would be the area that requires the most improvement". Say, isn't one of those draftable young hotshots a pivot?

Gilbert Brule Mock Arbitration - Ruling

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The rulling in the mock arbitration case of Gilbert Brule, featuring Scott and Ben bashing heads on behalf of the club and player respectively, and Bruce as arbitrator.

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