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Oilers' Taylor Hall unhappy with lack of passion

Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall accepts the first star after beating the Vancouver Canucks in NHL...

Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall accepts the first star after beating the Vancouver Canucks in NHL action at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta. on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013. The Oilers won 4-0. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

OK. Put the Edmonton Oil Kings logo at centre ice for their WHL series against the Calgary Hitmen which starts here Thursday evening. And leave it there.

They’re going for it.

The logo on the ice or the one on the front of their jersey obviously doesn’t mean that much to the Edmonton Oilers if what we watched Saturday night is their idea of playing for pride, playing to prove they’re a better team than they were last year, playing to try to convince free agents to come to Edmonton and be part of their future.

What other conclusion to do you come to when they lose 4-1 to the Calgary Flames at home on Hockey Night In Canada?

They’ve stopped going for it. A significant percentage of their players have checked out on the season. Not all of them. That would be terribly unfair to Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and four or five others.

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