A New World is Coming


Much like with any home, there comes a time when you have to throw some paint on the walls, replace broken fixtures, pull up the carpet, Febreze the place and do whatever you can to upgrade your living space. Why am I talking about renovations on a sports website? Well… Because, today, I’m here to tell you about the Nation Network’s renovations that we’ve been working on.

The last time the look of our websites (only one website then) was updated was back in late 2008. In those days, Wanye dubbed the look you’ve known for the past eight+ years as Nation 2.0 and it was all the rage for a while but its time is winding down. On Tuesday, the Nation Network will be relaunching with a brand new look for all seven of our team sites. 

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If you’re reading this, you likely already know why we decided that it was time to do a few upgrades around here. Whether you’re coming to read about hockey or baseball, looking at our websites has been like taking a trip in a time machine. The look was stale, the functionality is limited, and we have way bigger dreams for the Nation Network than our current platform can provide.

For the Network writers that are reading this, I don’t even have to tell you guys about why we needed this. The current backend is like a black hole that is almost as likely to erase all of your pictures and mess up the formatting as it is to publish your article. For our authors, this move will give them the ability to be more creative and input more intricate graphics/tables/whatever into their articles. It’s a game changer.


Frankly, there are more new features than I’ll be able to show you in one article I wanted to touch on some of the big changes that are coming on Monday. 


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As you already know, our current sites only have room for five posts on the front page. Without even clicking the “more” button at the bottom of the page, each website will feature the 14 most recent articles right on the front page. In addition, you’ll also see relevant articles from other sites around the Network that may peak your interest.


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You ever wonder how many goals/assists your favourite hockey warlord has? Of course you do. Starting Tuesday, you’ll be able to find all of that tasty info right on the sites themselves. Same goes for the standings. Want to know where your team is sitting in the wildcard? No problem. We’ll have that too. Gone are the days of opening up a new tab just to find out the basic numbers that you may be wondering about. 


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Before I get started, to the TLN and BJN readers, I’m going to apologize that we’re changing the commenting system again. After relaunching, the Disqus commenting style will be replaced by a new threaded system that will keep the conversations organized in a similar fashion. For everyone else, our new commenting section will get rid of those long quoted rants that take up space and annoy everyone. If you want to respond to something someone says, you’ll be able to jump in right underneath and let them have it. Won’t it be nice to be able to respond to specific conversations without having to go on a seek and destroy mission to figure out where it started? Yeah, I thought so.


I don’t know when the last time you tried to read an article on your phone was, but the days of pinching and zooming are nearly over. Once we relaunch, all of our team sites will be 100% mobile friendly which means you’ll be able to read, comment, trash people, and do all of the things you would want to be able to do from your phone. 


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One thing we’ll be putting a lot more focus on in the new year is video production and our new home will provide us more opportunities to do that. Whether it’s finding ways to make you guys laugh or presenting highlights in a different way, we’ll be working to get more moving pictures on your screens. Stay tuned for more Nation Network productions coming at you in the near future. 


At the end of the day, our new platform is much more powerful than what we’ve been using for the past decade. Our goal was to make sure that our readers and authors have the best experience possible whether they’re reading or writing an article. Behind the scenes, we’ve talked about rebuilding the sites for years and now we’re only a few days away from it actually happening and I can’t wait for you guys to see it. This is big news for all of our team and we hope that these upgrades will make your experience at the Nation Network much more enjoyable. 

On behalf of the Nation Network, I’m happy to be able to make this announcement and look forward to having you guys see the place and make yourselves at home.

  • Petrolero

    Sounds like we’re in for an abhorrent cross of tsn and reddit with a sprinkle of ads all over ala buzzfeed.

    Well at least it will be optimized for mobile. Can’t remember the Las t time I opened this site outside of my phone.

  • Killer Marmot

    I recommend removing the “Trash It” option, leaving only the “Cheers”.

    Opinions that are sincere but shaky are most constructively handled by rebuttal.

    And trolls like HW likely welcome a lot of trashes. It’s their way of keeping score.

    • Oiler Al

      Yes for sure that was low class stuff, by two
      fringe NHL’ers and even worse very fringe Sportsnet
      panelists. Whitney should not be on radio,nevermind TV, with is weird facial expressions and dumb commenmtary.

        • Aitch

          They weren’t trashing Smytty. They simply told a story about how an entire team razzed him for crying about leaving Edmonton.

          I’m not sure which fuss was more to do about nothing last night. This or the fact that HoSang wore #66. Both stupid.

        • Makaveli

          The guys on TSN 1260 this morning were pretty disgusted by it… they didn’t even want to talk about it.

          Aren’t Hall and Whitney really good friends? Not that I think there was an issue with Hall inside the Oilers dressing room but I’m not not thinking there was an issue with Hall in the Oilers dressing room.

          • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

            Just watched the video, and yeah, they were pretty clearly trashing Smitty. What a couple of plugs, Smyth is a hero and beloved by the entire city (and most of the province). Neither of those guys are fit to carry his jockstrap. Whitney just outed himself as a douchebag with a completely unremarkable career that no one will remember.

            I’m embarrassed that Whitney used to wear orange and blue, and I’m very glad he’s not around to share in the club’s new-found success. Smyth, on the other hand, will always be up there with Gretz and Mess as one of the greatest Oilers of all time, and 94 should be in the rafters alongside 99 and the rest of the dynasty.

            Sorry for the rant. 94 was the guy I grew up idolizing, I get touchy when it comes to people ragging on Smitty.

          • ComeAtMeDog

            Watching those idiots diss Smitty made me angry . And Whitney and hall dissing Anderson ??

            Hall was a douche . It’s plain to see he was the cancer . Lazy ebs is gone this summer and we will be better for it . He ain’t worth 6 mil . Hall ain’t looking worth it either now.

            Anyway smitty should pummel those plugs next time he sees them . They all hate Edmonton . Gonna be great to win a cup soon and laugh at them

            Also about new site , how about a oilersnation App ??

          • geoilersgist

            OK now I’m pissed off. Those guys are a freaking joke. Smyth is a legend. I would argue they are jealous they A) weren’t as important to any team as he was and B) never had an entire city love them as much as smytty did. The guy was from Alberta, grew up loving the Oilers and then was drafted by them. Those guys need to check themselves before they wreck themselves.

  • Craig MacTambeloweni

    I’ve been wondering for a while when the nation would track stats on it’s own, even made a request a few years back. A Cheers/Trashes tracker could also be fun, ya know for when the flames trolls come. Maybe a pair of tickets for the first to reach 50,000 Cheers/trashes lol

  • Jordan McNugent-Hallkins

    The new plans sound orgasmic. I’m gonna love coming here for stats and standings instead of suffering through the hellscape that is the new NHL.com layout.

    Good job on the Nation Dubs btw, I almost pissed myself at Bettman’s “Well I don’t speak gibberish, but maahemgabuhhmaahumm” part.

    Don’t forget about us when you’re drowning in gold chains and women, BM.

  • Will we be allowed to post racial epithets, unfounded accusations, and condescending misogynistic comments about other posters’ mothers on the redesigned site? I’d also like to see a drug and alcohol section.

  • Petrolero

    Hey Mr milk, if I could request one thing, please keep a quick link to the games’ schedule. I find it extremely convenient. Also will the new comments system finally allow to post links and gifs?

  • sathome

    Sounds awesome. I hope it’s one of those good rebuilds, and not like the (tries to think of a team nobody will yell at me for) Islanders’ rebuild.

    Also, please don’t have autoplay videos. For the love of Johnny and Connor and Auston and Patrick and whoever else, please no autoplay videos.

  • GoodUserName

    Im down with free speech, but an ignore option for trolls would be great. Im all for open discussion, but there are rare posters/ commenters that never add anything useful to a discussion, and in my opinion degrade the content because people engage with them. I would love to not see their posts, or replies.