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From the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma comes Tend The Farm, where the little seedlings called Barons one day hope to blossom into full time Oilers -- one season at a time. Oh, and, farming the Oilers ain't easy. - page 2

Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

Rocky Thompson Promoted To NHL Assistant With Oilers

One of the good guys (who was an on-ice “bad” guy) in the coaching game, Rocky Thompson, has been promoted from assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Barons to the third assistant alongside Dallas Eakins with the Edmonton Oilers. Known for his grizzly ways as a player, Thompson has blossomed into one heckuva “X’s” and “O’s” type coach who mostly watches Oklahoma City Barons games from the press box. For all the gushing I do over Todd Nelson, the two assistants who have worked alongside him for the first four seasons of AHL play in OKC are equally as capable and highly sought after.

Typical gamedays were spent with Gerry Fleming and Todd Nelson behind the bench. There were times where all three were behind the crowded player pine, but those times were rare. However, when Thompson was rinkside he was known for donning a fedora of masculine proportions. A nod, most likely, to his colorful tendencies of old.

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Tyler Pitlick & Curtis Hamilton Re-Signed, Protection Is Important

Tyler Pitlick & Curtis Hamilton Re-Signed, Protection Is Important

Following Andrew Miller’s resigning only hours prior, our attention shifted towards Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton. Issued qualifying offers, and likely “spreading their wings” just a bit, they eventually re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers for another season. Both have struggled to stay health in their early careers. For Hamilton it’s the knees, and for Pitlick it’s the shoulder. There is still a bit of a question mark attached to both players for the very reason mentioned in the previous sentence – health. So why re-sign these fellas?

Tyler Pitlick has only had one pro season (in three outings) where he played over 50+ games. That was his rookie season, and arguably a dandy of a first outing. This past season both Eakins and MacTavish liked him coming out of camp, but injury sidelined him quickly. His return to the farm was pretty impressive notching 22 points in 39 games. Not mind-bending for a third year pro, but a step in the right direction. His re-signing is a coin flip, but a less risky one than that of Curtis Hamilton.

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NHL Bound? Jujhar Khaira, All The Right Moves

NHL Bound? Jujhar Khaira, All The Right Moves

I pen you this piece as I watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. You will recall that it is the first chapter in the life of young Potter, his two good friends, and growing up questioning the backgrounds from which we’ve come. There is a fearlessness to which Harry goes about his curious ways. From constantly sneaking out at night to the invisibility cloak, Harry has a way of getting things done despite not having all the information. When he finally reveals the dreaded Voldermort, his arch enemy, he embraces the bravery that seems to be the X factor that not all wizards posses. He arrives, not only as a spell-caster, but as a human being in life. Alohomora!

To pull a page from J.K. Rowling’s books I too will fearlessly move into the darkness of uncertainty. I’ll pluck a prospect from near professional obscurity, and I’ll look into his future. My aim is true, but subject to debate. I don’t normally eat crow, but if I have to make it blackened.

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Andrew Miller Signs One-Year Contract With Oilers

Andrew Miller Signs One-Year Contract With Oilers

Andrew Miller, extended a qualifying offer what seems like an eternity ago, has signed a one-year contract as the RFA closing deadline approaches at 5:00 Eastern today.

Used mostly as a versatile right winger, Andrew Miller was an important piece in Todd Nelson’s game plan of suffrage. Miller caught the eye of Craig MacTavish coming out of the collegiate ranks, and seemingly was poised to play a bottom center role with the Oilers “one day.” A wrist injury sidelined him for a spell in Oklahoma City, and while he was out, the team moved forward. The youthfulness caught somewhat of a rhythm down the stretch, and when he was inserted back into the fold his role slightly changed.

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AHL Rule Changes & Re-Alignemnts, Off-Season Trolling

AHL Rule Changes & Re-Alignemnts, Off-Season Trolling

The American Hockey League Board of Gov’nas has approved a handful of rule changes as well as some tweaks to better re-align the changes in hockey destinations on the map. These things are all good, and things that are continually in flux. With rule changes, the minor leagues have always been a prepping ground for future NHL manipulations, and thus we see a ton of these “try and see” type of situations. I kind of like that. With hybrid icing we saw that it worked, and worked well, in just about every situation. In the end the goal is to keep players safe, healthy, and free from expensive, bone crunching procedures.

To the details.

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Richard Bachman Talks Europe, OKC, & (ugh) BTO

Richard Bachman Talks Europe, OKC, & (ugh) BTO

Recently signed goaltender, Richard Bachman, phoned in to the Oilers Now radio show yesterday, and it was a 6:00 golden nugget. Why? Because he is just so darn fantastic, that’s why. Man crush aside, he had some nice things to say about his recent one-year contract, the city of OKC, his potential in the NHL, and that dreaded BTO bumper music.

via Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now:

On that BTO song:

“I’ve heard it quite a bit since joining the Oilers, it’s a Canadian thing.”

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