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Jonathan Willis

  • joined Nov 19, 2008
  • last login Aug 20, 2014
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Jonathan Willis has been covering hockey for a variety of websites since April 2008. He is the managing editor of Oilers Nation and writes regularly at the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey blog and Hockey Prospectus. He first covered hockey as the founder of the website Copper & Blue, and later as its managing editor under the SBNation banner.

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"It’s just a dirty play. We talk about the players not having respect and why are there so many c...

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"It’s just a dirty play. We talk about the players not having respect and why are there so many concussions. He didn’t have to do that. He plays hard. He’s not the brightest guy. He runs around a little bit."

Sean O'Donnell, commenting on Dion Phaneuf's hit on Anze Kopitar

Things Could Be Worse...

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The Oilers have been pretty bad of late, but then again their farm team is even worse. The Springfield Falcons have lost 15 straight games, 11 of them in regulation. Two more losses will put them 0-for-December; they haven't won since November 21st, and have won by more than a single goal only four times all season.

"Hitchcock just didn't give me a chance. You score the game winner with seven minutes of playing...

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"Hitchcock just didn't give me a chance. You score the game winner with seven minutes of playing time, and it means nothing. The next game you get four minutes of ice time. And it's normal."

Nikita Filatov, in an interview with Puck Daddy!

HI: So if they had ultimately given you an apartment, that would have been enough to keep you from...

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HI: So if they had ultimately given you an apartment, that would have been enough to keep you from fleeing to the NHL? Fedorov: I think so, yeah. Even if they had just provided me with a car, that probably would have been enough for me to stay.

Sergei Federov talks about how close he came to staying in the USSR

"I don't care what Mike Milbury has to say. He's on TV for a reason."

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"I don't care what Mike Milbury has to say. He's on TV for a reason."

Patrick O'Sullivan, via Dan Tencer's Twitter Feed

Ales Hemsky: Boat Anchor

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How bad has Ales Hemsky been for the Edmonton Oilers? A statistical examination.

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Steve MacIntyre on Waivers

Steve MacIntyre: How to Fight (via ABS1B) The Oilers have placed journeyman enforcer Steve MacIntyre, who joined the team after a prolonged career in the minors, on waivers.  Also on waivers...

I didn't much like the way Horcoff looked filing into the dressing room after he got starched by...

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I didn't much like the way Horcoff looked filing into the dressing room after he got starched by Sutton. Horcoff was definitely favouring his left arm after the game -- what I saw had shoulder separation written all over it. That's just speculation on my part right now, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Robin Brownlee, OilersNation

PDO Numbers

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Which Oilers are getting (or suffering from) the bounces right now? A look at save and shooting percentage.

First Line LW: Penner vs. Jacques

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Dustin Penner has established himself as the best left winger on the Edmonton Oilers.

A Quick Note on Rob Schremp

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Five games as an Islander shouldn't shift anyone's opinion of Rob Schremp.

If Chorney continues to show he's ready to play, does it make sense to trade Gilbert? Yes, I've...

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If Chorney continues to show he's ready to play, does it make sense to trade Gilbert? Yes, I've heard the rumours about a swap with Buffalo for Drew Stafford.

Robin Brownlee, OilersNation

WHL Stats Leaders

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Three players the Oilers released from their rookie camp are now demolishing the WHL.

Struggling?

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Sam Gagner: Struggling?

Two Games Is Too Early To Panic

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It's way too early to be worried. Still, if I were worried, I'd be worried about the same things I've been worried about for some time.

Liam Reddox Waived

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As per Dan Tencer. Rumour has it that the St. Louis Blues might be interested.

Rob Schremp Claimed

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By the New York Islanders. This is probably the best-case scenario for Schremp; a lousy team, desperately short of offensive talent (compounded by the recent injuries to Doug Weight and Kyle Okposo) and willing to put up with all sorts of deficincies to get some scoring. I've ragged on him a fair bit, but I have to confess that I'm eager to see what Schremp can do in the big league. I'd guess 40 points, 25 of them on the powerplay, and a minus-15 rating.

In Defence of Ethan Moreau

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Ethan Moreau took a lot of flack, much of it deserved, for his 2008-09 season. Despite that, he's an important - and possibly even underrated - player for the Oilers in 2009-10.

There's been some buzz that Brick Group founder Bill Comrie may step up to the plate [to help fund...

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There's been some buzz that Brick Group founder Bill Comrie may step up to the plate [to help fund a new arena], now that his son Mike is an Oiler again.

Gary Lamphier, Edmonton Journal
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Are Robert Nilsson or Fernando Pisani Nashville-bound?

The Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers are reportedly talking trade with each other.

[Gilbert Brule] has a new one-year, two-way contract and needs to play only three more NHL games...

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[Gilbert Brule] has a new one-year, two-way contract and needs to play only three more NHL games before he has to start clearing waivers. Trouble is, he needs to lock up a roster spot with the Oilers first.

Joanne Ireland, Edmonton Journal

Oilers Cut 13

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A look at who the Oilers cut, and which guys it's really bad news for.

Olivier Roy & Bryan Pitton Sent Down

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The Oilers have assigned a pair of players - both goaltenders - to the QMJHL and AHL.

"I'm happy to finally be among the experts where the issues are many and solutions obvious. I...

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"I'm happy to finally be among the experts where the issues are many and solutions obvious. I appreciate TSN providing a safe haven for unemployed coaches, as we rehabilitate ourselves towards future employability."

Craig MacTavish explains why I'll miss him

Of the five players on the executive committee who voted against dismissing Kelly, four of them...

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Of the five players on the executive committee who voted against dismissing Kelly, four of them were Chelios, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, Adam Burish of Chicago Blackhawks and Manny Malhotra of the Columbus Blue Jackets. For the record, Chelios would not say which way he voted and what his feelings were on the issue. It is interesting to note, however, he did deliver the statement from the NHLPA on the firing the day after it occurred.

Ken Campbell, The Hockey News

Training Camp Line Combinations

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Pat Quinn may be tipping his had as to how he plans to run the Oilers with his training camp line combinations.

"Power Forward" Cameron Abney

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I've never seen Cameron Abney labelled as a "power forward" before. There was probably a good reason for that.

Dany Heatley Traded

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Looking back now, did Ottawa get a significantly lesser return from the Sharks than they would have from the Oilers? I think the answer has to be yes.

Lowe, Comrie talk to Dan Tencer

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I haven't listened to the Comrie interview yet, but I'd like to clear up one thing that Kevin Lowe did not: The Edmonton Oilers are not over the salary cap.

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