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Pisani Activated

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated forward Fernando Pisani from the NHL Injured Reserve List.

Pisani was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List on November 18th after suffering a fractured left ankle in the Oilers game against the Detroit Red Wins at Joe Louis Arena on November 17th

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Oilers Trying To Find Some Offensive Help

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Kevin Lowe and then Steve Tambellini settled into a seat at Rexall Place to watch their Edmonton Oilers practise on Monday morning, and one thought came to mind.

Shouldn’t those guys be on the phone? In fact, shouldn’t they have made a trade already? Shouldn’t they be in the middle of sending draft picks and/or cheap young players out for a proven scorer coming back?

In a word, yes.

And to be fair, they are trying. They want to make a deal for a point-producer who would immediately slide into Dustin Penner’s first-line slot on the left side. They need somebody to trade the puck with Ales Hemsky and score off the rush and they’re prepared to surrender quality assets to make that deal.

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All Those ‘If’s’

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

In Oil Country, the fans are in one of those deep dips on the rollercoaster ride. Everything is dark and down. Angry comments abound. No one is happy, and my own mind turns to thoughts of what might have been this season.

If only Dustin Penner and Craig MacTavish had been on the same page.

If only Kevin Lowe had brought back Curtis Glencross.

If only Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano had found a way to pick things up where they left off last year.

If only Gagner and Erik Cole had been put together on the first day of training camp.

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Would Erik Cole Be A Fit In Boston?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The unknown intangible with Cole, or any other player, is how a trade will affect the team’s chemistry.

“It’s a big factor,” said vice president Cam Neely. “You really take that into account, for sure. We’ve got a good group of guys, character guys.”...

“It’s a really open group,” said Andrew Ference. “Guys get along. Everybody feels comfortable, from the young guys all the way up. I think everybody feels really comfortable in this room.”

The concern is whether a deadline deal could alter the mood, especially if a roster player gets shipped out.

more

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Every Game Counts

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

It’s like being stuck on an over-crowded elevator. With people you don’t like. For two months.

The Western Conference stretch drive is no place for the claustrophobic.

With six points separating fifth and 13th place heading into last night’s games, you’ve got nine teams trying to cram into four spots like fat clowns in a Volkswagen.

Every game is do or die. Every road trip is the biggest road trip of the year.

Lose two in a row, it’s the end of the world. Win two in a row and you’re flying Jaromir Jagr over from Russia.

So, as the Oilers open the… wait for it… biggest road trip of the year—four games in six days in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Dallas—they’re quite prepared for the emotional volatility that will be tracking them every step of the way.

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Report- Jagr Talking To Oilers

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

A source close to Czech hockey ace Jaromir Jagr says that Jagr is close to finalizing negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, reports Euro-hockey expert Peter Adler.

The source would not say when Jagr would report to Edmonton, how much he would be paid, or how long he would sign for. Jagr is now playing with Omsk in the financially-troubled Kontinental Hockey League.

continued and one question?, how about waivers?

update 2:23pm, From David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Oilers hockey ops boss Kevin Lowe is indicating that Czech hockey ace Jaromir Jagr, 37, isn’t coming to Edmonton—at least not this season, reports Euro-hockey expert Peter Adler.

“Jaromir is under contract in the KHL,” Lowe told Adler.

Jagr has also told Czech national team coach Vladimir Ruzicka he will be playing for the Czech team at the world championships in May.

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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.

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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.

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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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