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Visnovsky Done For The Season

via TSN,

Less than a week after being placed on the injured list, Edmonton Oilers defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky’s season is over due to an upcoming surgery on his injured labrum.

The 32-year old will have surgery on his injured right labrum on Thursday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Balyk in Edmonton.

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How MacTavish Can Continue Coaching

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

It would be an over-statement to say that Edmonton Oiler fans are divided over the future of Coach Craig MacTavish.

That’s not at all the case.

In recent months, a consensus has grown up among the vast majority of Oiler fans—even those most loyal to and believing in the Lowe/MacTavish regime—that the coach known as “MacT” to the fans and as “Mac” to the players is no longer doing an adequate job as coach of the Oilers.

Most fans would have had MacTavish fired by now. A minority of fans haven’t called for that, but they do need to see something in coming months to be convinced that MacTavish is the right man for next season.

continued

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Suspension For Roloson?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The NHL is as soft on crime as the most liberal, feeling-sorry-for-criminals judge in the Dominion, so don’t expect Dwayne Roloson to be suspended for his uppercut, goalie stick chop at Daniel Cleary’s private parts.

But Roloson deserves to be out a few games for that one. Imagine the upset and anger in Edmonton if an opposition goalie did that to Ales Hemsky.

continued

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  Tags: dan+cleary, dwayne+roloson

Would Cole Be A Fit In Boston?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Oilers, still in the hunt for one of the final playoff seeds in the Western Conference, are in need of a winger to play on the Shawn Horcoff-Ales Hemsky line. They also could use help at the faceoff circle, where Horcoff takes most of the draws.

The Bruins would have great interest in ex-Hurricanes winger Erik Cole, the big, smooth-skating winger. He has 12 goals and 22 points in 50 games this season. Cole, 30, who is making $4 million this season, becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. The Bruins could fit him into the salary cap because they have Marco Sturm’s $3.5 million at their disposal, following the German winger’s season-ending knee surgery.

The Oilers likely would target the likes of winger Vladimir Sobotka (now in Providence) and/or defenseman Matt Hunwick (sidelined with flu-like symptoms) in a swap for Cole.

more on the Bruins…

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  Tags: erik+cole

If Vanek Were In Edmonton

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We can’t help but harp back to the Edmonton angle. Not only would the Oilers not have Penner on their hands right now if the Sabres had not matched, but they would have an elite forward to play with star winger Ales Hemsky, something the local Edmonton media has pointed out as a major issue with right now.

For as much heat as former Oilers GM/now team president Kevin Lowe got around the league in the summer of 2007, give him credit on this point—he was right about Vanek being worth the money.

more and some Pogge talk too…

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  Tags: thomas+vanek

Oilers Need To Be Buyers

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers a few questions from fans…

Q: The trade deadline is coming up. What players do you think might be on the trading block for the Oilers and whom do you see coming to Edmonton via trade?

A: After missing the playoffs for the last two years and it being imperative that they make it this time (probably to get a cacophony of fans off coach Craig MacTavish’s back even though they are close to 50 games over .500 in his tenure), the Oilers will almost certainly be buyers, not sellers. They need (a) a left-winger to play with Ales Hemsky, and (b) a defensive, big-body centre who can win faceoffs (Jerred Smithson and Radek Bonk ate them up in the Nashville game)....

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‘Looking’ At Dustin Penner

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

...Part of the problem here—a huge part of the problem I suspect—is that Penner simply doesn’t look like a hockey player. Instead, Penner looks pudgy. Chubby, you might even say, or fat, if you were a coach on a losing streak.

His skating stride appears to be leisurely. He ambles more than he churns the ice. Even when he’s making an effective deke, he appears to be doing so in slow motion.

In those rare moments when he does really get it going, when he hammers a shot on net, or uses his size to hammer an opponent into the boards, it only tends to make things worse for Penner, leaving fans to ask: Why can’t he do that every night?

Penner’s main issue is optics, that hockey players aren’t supposed to be pudgy and slow, and when we rate a player like Penner, it’s hard to overlook our strong visceral reaction to his appearance and style of play.

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Penner Has Lost His Game

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Penner was a dressing room no-show after the game, sending word that he was “in the gym.”

The previous game, MacTavish had been asked about benching Penner and replied: “Dustin lacks the consistency, night in and night out, but I wasn’t upset with the lack of focus or energy. He just struggled with the puck.”

Yesterday, he had more to say.

“He’s lost his game. It’s more than his play with the puck. When you have a guy like Hemsky playing the way he is right now, all you have to do is get him the puck somewhere between the hash marks in your own end and the red line and you are going to get a chance.

“Hemsky’s an elite player playing at the top of the game and we have to find someone for him.”

more

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  Tags: dustin+penner

No GOAL(A)

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,

So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.

Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.

The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers’ 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)

Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn’t like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.

The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.

continued & Puck Daddy has more too, including the song…

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Oilers Embarrassed By Blowout Loss

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Losing 10-2 on their first game back from the All-Star break after having won five of their previous six going into the break was a world-class dive into the toilet, a sheet- soiling like few you have ever witnessed since way back ......

Every time the Oilers get excited, they get evicerated.

“We weren’t ready from the start,” said Sheldon Souray, just back from the All-Star Game in which he played for a team that scored 11 goals and lost.

“The game was essentially over in the first few minutes.

“That was embarrassing plain and simple. Everything, everything was horrible. I don’t care if we had lost our last 10 games. Who cares about that?

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