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Oilers Thinking At Least One Point, But…

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Quinn Ready For His NHL Return

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Pat Quinn has just had a swishy salon haircut and pedicure – first-time ever for the latter.

Just sprucing up for his NHL coaching comeback.

“Show opens Saturday night,” he chuckles down the blower from Edmonton.

Back behind a big-league bench, where the 66-year-old belongs, after two seasons of quasi-idling. With the Oilers, a club that’s missed the playoffs the past three years, Quinn – despite the acquisition of netminder Nikolai Khabibulin and Mike Comrie – is the singularly bold-face cast addition.

“I won’t be coaching like I’m some kind of star,” he demurs. “If I start to believe that I’m coming in here on some kind of white horse – or worse, if the players think that – it will just make the job tougher.”

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Oilers Plan To Be Tougher To Play Against

from the CP via Sportsnet,

Dr. Quinn is in—just in time for the team everyone agrees needs a heart transplant.

The Edmonton Oilers and new head coach Pat Quinn open their NHL regular season Saturday against the Calgary Flames in what they hope will be a new beginning for a lurching franchise.

“We’re going to work hard, we’re going to be tougher to play against, and we’re going to be better because we’re going to have a better system,” said veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray.

Quinn, the longtime NHL coach hired this spring to replace the ousted Craig MacTavish, has brought in a system that focuses on puck pursuit, puck control, and skating, skating, skating.

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Tough Time To Break A Hand

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.

The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.

Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”

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Contracts May Save A Few Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

  If it was as simple as the best guys win, Quinn hinted that some of last year’s players might not be this year’s players.

“I’m watching how they play, do they compete?,” he said. “I know some of them have skill, I watch them in the morning, but some guys are really morning glories. They can dance and do all the pretty stuff in the morning skate, but when the other team comes in and you drop the puck, it changes.”

In this day and age, however, cutting a veteran means moving a contract, and that takes place at the management level—coaches are almost bystanders in the selection process. As much as Quinn would like to believe his eyes and not his ears, his hands might be tied.

“The selection does involve management, they have the last call all the time,” he said, admitting “there’s not a solid agreement on the 14 forwards.”

Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot, coming off sub-par years, are on the limp while Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson haven’t stood out like everyone had hoped, but there are reputations, upsides and contracts to consider.

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Oilers Will Be Tougher To Play Against

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

With J.F. Jacques growing into the physical presence that they’d always hoped, Ryan Stone shoving his way into the picture and Dustin Penner playing harder for Quinn than he ever did for MacTavish, the Oilers are shaping up to be a lot tougher to play against.

“We’re seeing Jacques become the guy he was expected to be and Pens looks like he’s going to have a good year,” said defenceman Sheldon Souray, Edmonton’s toughest guy on the back end.

“If those two things shape up the way you hope they will, we have two pretty good power forwards—not to mention some of our energy guys a little later in the lineup. We could have a good mix if things work out.”

More grit was at the top of GM Steve Tambellini’s off-season checklist. When he wasn’t able to acquire any in the summer, there was considerable concern.

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Ethan Moreau On The Decline

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

It’s not so pretty when an NHL player loses a step, starts looking awkward on the ice, and talks a better game than he plays.

If you talk to the vast majority of Oilers fans, though, this is the stage of his career that Oilers captain Ethan Moreau is at.

In discussions about the team, Moreau is rarely mentioned as someone who is going to have a good season, even at his so-called specialty, the penalty kill. In fact, there’s outright scorn for Moreau from many fans, and especially scorn for the way Oilers broadcaster Kevin Quinn kept referring to Moreau in excited and reverential terms last season, calling him, as if it was one word, “And here’s thecaptainEthanMoreau.”

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Rod Phillips Ready For The Season

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

On the NHL Network’s online broadcast of the Oilers-Flames game on Wednesday night, (Rod) Phillips started to roast referee Chris Lee about halfway through the first period and didn’t let up. Lee did give the Flames two two-man advantages in the first, but there might well be some concern that Phillips’ response wasn’t exactly in proportion, not that the nutbar Oiler diehards like me who actually watch the game online would care about his bias.

Indeed, we love Phillips for it.

“It doesn’t matter how long you see the game, when you see bad officiating, it just ruins it,” Phillips said of Lee. “This guy has just started off the game absolutely horrendously.”

Free speech, alive and well on the radio.

“He’s obviously an American Hockey League referee and you should be surprised to see him in the NHL this season because he’s not ready,” Phillips then said of Lee.

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Khabibulin Gives Oilers A Comfort Zone

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

And while the Oilers had nothing but good things to say about the man that Khabibulin replaced, team captain Ethan Moreau concurred with the basic premise, suggesting: “Having Khabibulin here allows us to compete with Kiprusoff, Luongo, Backstrom – the elite goalies in our division and conference.

“It’s a daunting task every night because if you don’t get equal goaltending, it’s very hard to win. Goaltending is one of the only positions in hockey, where you can’t cover up your weaknesses. You can have smaller forwards, or if you don’t score enough, you can cover up your weaknesses with other strengths. But goaltending is a must and we have a guy that’s played at an elite level for a long time, so that does give us some comfort.”

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Comrie Impresses Oilers Fans

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

But as he warmed up his offensive act, they warmed up to him. When he thanked them in a second-intermission interview shown on the video scoreboard, the support was loud and unanimous. When he fought, they chanted his name. And when the 4-0 drubbing of a watered-down Panthers roster was over, and Comrie had drawn the first star for his four assists, they cheered again.

He saluted them and the love-in was an officially registered happening.

“That was pretty emotional out there,” Comrie said afterwards. “I’ve said since I signed I was going to try to earn their respect back. For them to chant my name, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it felt unbelievable. I just felt rejuvenated. I felt excited.”

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