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Jonathan Willis

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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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Mike Comrie: By The Numbers

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More analysis is coming, but for the meantime check out this article, where I ran down Comrie's statistics and debated whether he would be a positive addition to the Oilers.

The New SBNation.com

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Every so often, we're reminded that Copper & Blue is but one piece of an incredible network of sites. Tonight was one of those times, as the new SBNation.com launched. The link above goes to the NHL portal, which I personally think looks amazing.

Word is that winger Robert Nilsson has put on 15 pounds of muscle with some strenuous summer...

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Word is that winger Robert Nilsson has put on 15 pounds of muscle with some strenuous summer training.

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

I think the biggest mistake of all is organizations that really project a player as being in the...

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I think the biggest mistake of all is organizations that really project a player as being in the starting lineup on opening night, and that’s very dangerous.

Tom Renney, yesterday.

Promoted To Vice-President of Remembering The '80's

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That line was from one of the more acerbic Oilogosphere commentaters (Dennis, I believe) in reference to where Kevin Lowe would go when the Oilers' ownership tired of him in the general manager's...

Rexall Named 10th Busiest Arena in the World

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Rexall's 17.3MM in ticket sales (excluding all 41 Oilers games) put it second in Canada, behind only the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Tambellini's Comments on Comrie

Steve Tambellini talks a bit about the possibility of acquiring Mike Comrie.

I cannot stand by and allow this false and misleading attack on my character and reputation," Kelly...

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I cannot stand by and allow this false and misleading attack on my character and reputation," Kelly said in a statement released Thursday. "I spent almost 10 years as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting numerous cases pertaining to fraud and dishonesty, including one involving a former NHLPA executive director. My personal ethics and reputation are beyond reproach. "All of these stories, whether anonymous or by those seeking to protect their individual interests, intend to defame my reputation and good name. They not only harm me, but do harm to the reputation of the over 700 hockey players who make our sport the best in the world."

Paul Kelly denies accusations of spying on players
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NHLPA Names Worth Mentioning

A quick note about two more players in the NHLPA mess - a human resources consultant who spoke against Kelly and Glenn Healy, and an NHLPA front office worker who was terminated in the wake of Kelly's firing.

Oilers Hire Mike Sillinger

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The Oilers have named Mike Sillinger as their new Director of Player Development.

Glenn Healy resigns from NHLPA

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Glenn Healy is no longer the NHLPA's Director of Player Affairs. This means that within a few days of Kelly's termination, the NHLPA has lost Healy, Pat Flatley and Bob Lindquist. It would appear that the purge of the Kelly camp is now complete.

"On Tuesday Ales Hemsky and Robert Nilsson both said they’d like to see Comrie back and two veteran ...

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"On Tuesday Ales Hemsky and Robert Nilsson both said they’d like to see Comrie back and two veteran players yesterday said Comrie is indeed in talks with the Oilers."

Rob Tychkowski confirms that Mike Comrie is talking to the Oilers

Falcons Sign Riley Emmerson

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The Oilers and their AHL/ECHL affiliates added another enforcer to their collection today with the signing of Riley Emmerson.

The NHLPA is in a better place today than when I came aboard 21 months ago. I have enormous respect...

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The NHLPA is in a better place today than when I came aboard 21 months ago. I have enormous respect and admiration for the players and for the staff at the NHLPA -- they are a bright, energetic fabulous group of people. "My primary goal was to protect the players' interests. I wanted to make sure the players got their fair share, that they weren't being deceived or manipulated or having their rights violated." "I'm not going to talk about internal union matters. I subscribe to the theory that what happens in locker room stays in the locker room. I'm motivated by what's best for the players -- what protects the players and protects their interests."

Former NHLPA head Paul Kelly talks to Toronto's AM 640 about his firing

Ex-Oilers' Captain Jason Smith Retires

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Smith played parts of eight seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, and came into his own as a nasty shutdown defenseman. He was a mainstay on the pre-salary cap teams and an important presence on the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals team. He captained the Oilers for five seasons and was also named captain for one season in Philadelphia.

Forensic Accountant Quits NHLPA

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Bob Lundquist has resigned from his post as an NHLPA financial consultant on the heels of Ian Penny replacing Paul Kelly as executive director. Does this provide us with a glimpse into why Penny reportedly moved against Kelly?

Putting On The Foil

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I've added "Putting on the Foil" to the blogroll. They've been going strong since the end of July and there's quite a bit of good stuff over there. Racki, who pops up here and there is the writer.

Paul Kelly Fired: It's Kill or Be Killed

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A deeper look at the group behind the ouster of Paul Kelly on Monday morning, and what it means for the future of the NHL.

Oilers Rookie Camp

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The reason I didn't finish my Oilers Rookie Camp preview is because Guy Flaming has already done up one I can't top. All I'll add is that I think Dmitri Kostromitin's the most interesting free agent invitee. Torrie Jung's probably the most interesting goaltender.

How Big Might The New Arena Be?

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Patrick Laforge held a news conference today to answer questions about a proposed new arena for the Edmonton Oilers. During that conference, he was asked how big a new arena might be.

Rob Schremp's Finest Season

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A comparison of Rob Schremp's 2007-08 AHL season with those of Springfield's forwards from theis past year.

Springfield Falcons Quality of Competition Update

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A fresh look at the quality of competition faced by the Springfield Falcons.

Whitby was, at that time, one of the smallest, if not the smallest, AAA centres in Ontario. But...

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Whitby was, at that time, one of the smallest, if not the smallest, AAA centres in Ontario. But with Liam Reddox, Steven Seedhouse and Brandon Davis returning to their own age group after a year of minor novice AA, plus (our son) Mike and others moving up from the Select 7s, Coach John Velacich’s team was competitive with most of the teams they faced. A big part of the reason was Liam Reddox, who if he wasn’t the most dominant eight-year-old in southern Ontario was awfully close to it. Everything Liam did was at a higher level than everyone else. He was a very strong skater, extremely athletic, and his puck-handling skills, his shot and his competitive instincts were off the charts. It was difficult to imagine Liam not growing up to be a professional hockey player and that is, in fact, what he is. A fourth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2004, Liam scored his first NHL goal for the Oilers on Nov. 15, 2008. Unlike some of the stories you hear about kids who dominate when they’re very young and are never heard of by the time they get to peewee, well, that’s not Liam.

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Rob Schremp Explains Why He Isn't In The NHL (Updated)

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Rob Schremp's played well at the EuroCan Cup, causing some to say he's a shoe-in for the NHL roster. What he's told the press gives me an entirely different impression.

"It ain't happening ... he ain't coming here," said a well-informed source. "Mike doesn't fit any...

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"It ain't happening ... he ain't coming here," said a well-informed source. "Mike doesn't fit any need that we have right now."

Jime Matheson, Edmonton Journal on the Mike Comrie rumours

Report: Oilers Negotiating With Mike Comrie

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The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly negotiating with prodigal son Mike Comrie. While this is only a rumour to date, it has some legs and there are a numbr of media people hinting that it could happen. A look at what Mike Comrie would - and wouldn't - bring to the team.

Oilers Rookie Camp Part I: The Forwards

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The Edmonton Oilers have announced their rookie camp roster and it includes some interesting prospects who missed the cut for the 2009 draft.

Riley Nash Interview

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Riley Nash discusses his decision to return to Cornell for another season.

Oilers Hire Fleming

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The Oilers have hired Wayne Fleming to round out the coaching staff. I did a quick rundwon on his history and qualifications at the link above, and I'm going to go into more detail at some point in the near future here. Fleming's a solid choice.

Playing With Sam Gagner

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A look at which players were most effective and least effective while playing 5-on-5 with Sam Gagner.

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