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Our New Edmonton Oilers Blogger At Kukla’s Korner

Most of us agree the Oilers are a team on the rise and covering them this season should be fun for our new Edmonton blogger Lisa.

Please welcome here and her first blog will appear shortly.

-Paul


I wanted to start right in with a hockey article, but then I reminded myself that these are the dog days of summer, that news stories are hard to come by and idea stories will be needed for another couple of months. So, here we go with the introduction piece.

As you can see, my name is Lisa and it will be my pleasure to write about the Oilers. I was fortunate enough to be able to write about the Oilers last season and hope to continue to build upon my experiences. If you stumble upon my writings you will likely find interviews, game reviews, Oilers’ prospect news, Edmonton Oil Kings news, anything remotely Oilers related that comes to mind for me and quite possibly a number of other hockey happenings.

 

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Khabibulin Now In Jail

From Michelle Thompson in the Toronto Sun:

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts, Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Nikolai Khabibulin arrived at a Phoenix jail Saturday morning to begin serving his sentence.

“He’s fine,” said his lawywer , adding Khabibulin “wasn’t doing cartwheels this morning.”

The 38-year-old hockey star will serve 15 days at the notorious Tent City jail and another 15 days under house arrest.

“He’s ready to accept his sentence from the judge,” Duviel said.

Khabibulin is serving a 30-day sentence for extreme DUI.

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Kings File Grievance Regarding Smyth/Fraser Trade

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Kings have filed a formal grievance with the NHL over the fitness of Colin Fraser, the center they acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in the Ryan Smyth trade.

Fraser underwent surgery earlier this week to repair an unhealed ankle fracture and is out indefinitely, which would support the Kings’ case that the Oilers misrepresented the extent of Fraser’s injury when they made the deal June 26 and misrepresented his fitness when the Oilers said he would be cleared to play a few days later….

Fraser’s agent, Jerry Johansen, said Friday his client had undergone the surgery in Los Angeles this week and is expected to fully recover. “How long it will take, I don’t know,” Johansen said. “The bottom line is Colin Fraser is going to be healthy. His situation isn’t serious. He’s going to be 100%.”

Johansen also said a rehabilitation schedule hasn’t been set for Fraser, who planned to return to Edmonton next week. “We’ll let the first or second checkup come up and see where things are,” Johansen said.

read on

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Update- No Jail Time For Khabibulin

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will not serve prison time as a result of his extreme drunken-driving conviction, the Edmonton Journal and other media outlets reported this week.

After Khabibulin was charged with speeding with a blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit back in February 2010, it was believed the goaltender would not be given preferential treatment when he dropped his appeal of the conviction and would begin his 30-day sentence on Saturday. That was the belief of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, until a local judge told him otherwise this week.

According to reports, a judge has moved Khabibulin into a work-release program that will allow the goaltender to leave the facility from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Prison officials told The Journal that as long as he follows the rules and doesn’t exhibit signs of having been drinking, Khabibulin will be allowed to spend his daytime hours as he pleases.

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added 4:20pm, The headline is misleading a bit.  Basically Khabibulin will be sleeping at the facility.

Lights-out probably at 10pm, he sleeps, wakes-up and leaves.

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Khabibulin Will Serve Some Jail Time

from iNews 880,

Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is accepting his punishment.

The veteran puck stopper, found guilty of extreme DUI and speeding in Arizona last August, abandoned his appeal of the convictions and 30-day jail term he was handed.

According to a representative of Scottsdale City Court, he will spend 15 days in jail, with the other 15 days to be served at home with an electronic monitoring device. Khabibulin must also enter an alcohol treatment program.

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Update 6:01pm ET:
From Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, (pieced together via Twitter)—

From Khabibulin’s attorney Mark DuBiel: fine was paid in full today by Khabibulin, who is currently in AZ.  Khabibulin will start serving jail part of sentence in “next few days,” DuBiel said. Final 15 days is house arrest w/ ankle bracelet and random alcohol testing. He will be allowed to leave for 12 hours a day, which will be for hockey-related purposes, DuBiel said.

This was entirely Khabibulin’s decision, DuBiel said. DuBiel and team felt they had a strong case, but Khabibulin wanted this behind him. A court date hadn’t even been set yet by appellate court. After court date, it would have taken a few weeks for decision (maybe end August). If court agreed and overturned ruling, a new trial would have been taken place.

No more court dates after this, DuBiel said, and no word on whether Khabibulin will be in Tent City or other jail facility.

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Oilers Need More From Gagner

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Sam Gagner has his boosters. Some people look at him, scrutinize various stats, and believe he’s making progress in his career.

But Gagner has essentially had the same season four years in a row, a season that looked promising when it was put up by an 18-year-old, not so much when similar numbers were put up by a 21-year-old.

This isn’t just in reference to Gagner’s official point totals of 49, 41, 41 and 42 points. His defensive play has also failed to improve.

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Can Khabibulin Still Play?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

The formerly great Russian goalie is signed up here for two more years, after all, and as solid as Devan Dubnyk appears to be, the Oilers will still need a back-up for 25 to 35 games each year.

So Khabibulin’s got the contract, but does he have any game left at all?

On the plus side, we know of at least one goalie who makes the 38-year-old Khabibulin look like a youngster. Dwayne Roloson is making 41 look like the new 31 for NHL goalies. Of course, the bad news is the obvious news: Roloson is the exception. The only other goalie over the age of 35 who truly got the job done in the NHL last season was 37-year-old Tim Thomas. Khabibulin is not Tim Thomas. He’s not even half of that.

The regular stats don’t pain a bright picture, as has been reported at length everywhere and every day on the Oilogosphere. My Journal colleague Jim Matheson aptly compared Khabibulin to Tommy Salo when Salo was on his last NHL legs.

Today, I thought I’d take a look at some of the stats I keep at The Cult and see if the story is any different through their lens.

read on

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Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney: Top Tweets

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Sports Illustrated announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been named to SI.com’s inaugural Twitter 100 – a list of the 100 Most Influential Twitter Handles in sports.

Bissonnette has more than 108,000 followers on his Twitter account at @BizNasty2point0. He was one of only two NHL players, along with Ryan Whitney from the Edmonton Oilers, to make the list.

Paul Bissonnette’s Twitter is here and Ryan Whitney’s is here.  And here is SI’s complete Twitter 100 list.

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Cogliano Traded To Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Andrew Cogliano from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Cogliano, 24 (6/14/87), appeared in 82 games for the Edmonton Oilers last season, collecting 11-24=35 points with 64 penalty minutes (PIM). Cogliano has not missed a game since making his NHL debut with Edmonton in 2007-08, appearing in all 82 games in each of his four NHL seasons. The 5-10, 185-pound center ranked fifth on the club in scoring and assists, third in game-winning goals (3), and led the team in games played. He also paced all Edmonton skaters with a career-high 461 faceoff wins.

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Evening Line

“The bottom line for me, I would have rather invested my money with Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton’s word.”

-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the Smyth/Fraser trade with Edmonton.  Fraser is injured and Lombardi is not happy with that.  More at Helene Elliott’s twitter account.

added 9:13pm, David Staples of the Edmonton Journal with his opinion,

My take is there’s plenty of room for medical specialists to disagree about an injury, and to do so in good conscience. If Lombardi has a real complaint, he can take it to the NHL. Until he does, this comes off as something of a snit fit from a GM not used to having a star player holding a gun to his head and demanding a trade to a single specified location.

more

added 9:15pm, Helene’s story just made it at The Fabulous Forum, where the story gets a little more in-depth.

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