Five Questions in Oil Country

Posted: 16th September 2009 by Scott Seymour in NHL
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The Edmonton Oilers missed the playoffs by six points in 2008-09. On paper, that doesn’t seem like much—but there were times last year that the Oilers made that six-point gap look so big that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade could have marched through it. After a springtime coaching change led to a summertime pursuit of Dany Heatley that fell short, the Oilers now embark on a season with some big changes behind the bench, a new goalie, but not many other differences from last year. Here are the five biggest questions the Oilers will face heading into the 2009-10 season:   5. Can They Put away the Proctor-Silex? When it became apparent early last year that Erik Cole either couldn’t or wouldn’t figure out how to play left wing with Ales Hemsky and Shawn ...

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