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Edmonton- Where Did It Go Wrong

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

In exchange for a Cinderella playoff run and a shot at their first Stanley Cup in 16 years, the Edmonton Oilers would surrender their fate to the Prince of Darkness for all eternity.
Only somebody messed up the wording on the contract and they ended up with an eternity’s worth of hardship in one season.
“It’s been weird, frustrating, tough, every bad word you can think of applies to our team this year,” sighed winger Fernando Pisani, shaking his head at the Oilers’ stunning nosedive. “A season to forget, that’s for sure.”

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From First To…

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

The Hurricanes, you may have noticed, have not yet secured a position in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In fact, Carolina is in a traffic jam of a fight for one of three available Eastern Conference playoff berths. There’s a tightly packed, heavily congested group of six teams, each desperately trying to avoid the stigma that goes with missing the NHL playoffs.
This probably shouldn’t be seen as quite the embarrassment that it used to be. After all, once upon a time, 16 of 21 NHL clubs made the postseason. And if there has been an upside to Gary Bettman’s absurdly reckless addition of nine teams over nine years, it’s that the playoffs haven’t been expanded as the league has developed its unsightly beer belly.

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The Dead Season

from the Edmonton Sun,

One by one, the Edmonton Oilers filed out of the dressing room after practice yesterday and left for the airport, nearly all of them dressed head-to-toe in black.
Basic black has long been the durable, versatile staple of any extended road trip in the NHL - goes with anything, doesn’t show every little stain - but this time it’s especially fitting.
What else are you going to wear to a funeral march?
With nothing to play for, and six road games left to play, that’s exactly what this is: a badly injured and fatally flawed hockey team wandering off to die.

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Oilers Need Some Sizzle

from the Edmonton Journal,

“Clearly we have room in terms of our (owners) commitment (to spend more money).”
Lowe needs some sizzle. He needs a puck-moving defenceman in the worst way. On the last road trip, captain Jason Smith had the most points of all the blue-liners in the lineup, with nine. That’s right, NINE. The injured Steve Staios leads the way with 17.
Lowe needs a scorer on the wing, even if he can’t re-sign Smyth, maybe a big body with an edge to his game, too. He might want a playmaking centre, as well. If Joffrey Lupul, who’s had a miserable year, can’t work with Shawn Horcoff or Jarret Stoll or any other centres, maybe he has to get somebody else, although Horcoff is certainly more of a passer than a shooter.
There are 190 unrestricted free agents at last look. With an increased salary cap in the neighborhood of $48 million US, Lowe has to spend some of the owners’ money.

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The Losing Continues

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

For the modern-day Oilers it’s now 10*. The asterisk is because it was a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues last night and the Oilers managed to get a point in the standings. So it is no longer “pure”, this losing streak.
But back in the fall of 1993 when Ted Green lost 11 in a row with the Oilers, there were two overtime losses in there. That losing streak absolutely gobbled Green up.
So far, MacTavish says he’s not worried about that happening to him.

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Tanguay Has Had Enough

from the Montreal Gazette,

Tanguay’s lucrative deal, some Edmonton and national media suggested, led to inflation and priced Smyth out of the Oilers’ comfort zone.
That insinuation is more than Tanguay can stand.
“Ryan’s a great player,” Tanguay said. “Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to have him on my team. But what happened with the contract situation, I think it’s just unfortunate that I got dragged into it for no reason. I don’t see why the fans in Edmonton or anybody else in Canada would be mad at me because they couldn’t get Ryan Smyth signed. I don’t think it’s got anything to do with me.”

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Stoll Still Dealing With Concussion

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

While Stoll is hopeful he’ll be back this season, he understands that his first concussion with the Oilers could be his last.
Given that there’s so many grey areas when it comes to injuries of the grey matter, knowing when, or if, he’ll play again isn’t as simple a circling a date on the calendar. Far from it.
“It’s tough to explain. There’s so much uncertainty from day to day,” Stoll said Thursday before sitting out his 19th straight game. “There’s a time line with a lot of injuries, but with this there isn’t.

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Smyth Keeps An Eye On The Oilers

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Smyth is well aware that his former team has lost eight straight games, the last seven coming after he was traded to the Islanders at the Feb. 27 deadline, and he feels for the friends he left behind in Edmonton.
“You hope the best for the guys,” Smyth said Tuesday before his Islanders took on the Montreal Canadiens. “There’s no question they’re fighting the injury bug and playing with a lot of young guys and they’re learning about the process of playing in the NHL.
“I just hope for the guys’ sake that they can turn things around there.”

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Oiler Themed Wedding

from the Edomonton Sun,

Rod Groening and Tracey Hunt—a couple of staunch Edmonton Oilers fans—will hold their hockey-themed nuptials next Friday at the downtown arena, with more than 150 friends and family cheering them on.
“Everything will be done in Oilers colours,” Hunt, 28, told Sun Media yesterday, adding that their post-ceremony reception will follow at an MTS Centre restaurant.
“And our seating plan is done like an Oilers sort-of ice rink, with everyone at a player’s table—so they’ll sit at the Raffi Torres table, or with Steve Staios or whoever’s table they have been put at.”

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Iggy Means More

from Geroge Johnson at ESPN,

Both of Sutter’s star men, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents as of July 1, 2008.
Iginla is paid handsomely at $7 million this season, but he probably will be seeking Jaromir Jagr-type money ($8 million range) in his next deal. He’ll be 31. His agent, Don Meehan, just happens to be Smyth’s agent, too. Meehan fully understands what his client is worth in goals, leadership and good-guy profile.
Iginla, believe it or not, means more to the Flames than Smyth does, uh, did, to the Oilers. By the time Meehan and Sutter get down to hammering out a new deal for the Calgary captain, Iginla will be threatening all Theo Fleury’s career Oilers offensive records. His is unquestionably the face of the franchise. He wears the “C.”

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