Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Edmonton-Oilers

Oilers Show Off Their Skills

from Terry Jones of the Edmoton Sun,

The travelling crew that has produced the skills competition around the NHL for the last 18 years said they’d never seen a faster time produced than the 13.1 seconds it took Erik Cole to skate around Rexall Place yesterday.

But Cole was more impressed with the scene.

“They certainly don’t do this in Carolina. I don’t think anyone would show up,” the former Hurricane said.

“To see this building full with lots of excitement for this ... it’s amazing.”

What made it special was that the sellout crowd gave the players the kind of unconditional love they don’t otherwise get from crowds of critical customers in a city that specializes in tough love for its shinny stars.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Earning Your Nickname

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

These days, it is quite all right to play like Poo.

Or Gags. Or Struds. Or Cogs. Or any of the Edmonton Oilers who are obviously more imaginative on the ice than off it.

“You have to earn nicknames. You can’t just come in and say, ‘I want to be called Hercules,’ ” said Jason Strudwick, better known as Struds to his teammates and coaches.

So, what of Horc and Roli, if that is the sole criteria? They have been around longer than Pens and Storts but still haven’t been given punchier handles, which is something most of the players need, particularly Marc Pouliot.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Stars Come Up Flat In A Big Game

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

“This should have been a game you jump into with both feet and scratch and claw with everything you have,” Tippett said of a battle against the slumping Oilers. “But in the first 10 minutes, we played on the fringes, we gave up two bad goals, we made mistakes in our own end, and that’s not the way to start a game like this.”

“The most disheartening thing is this was pretty much a playoff game, and we didn’t play like it was,” said forward Steve Ott. “They came out like it was a playoff game, and we didn’t. We have to realize that these are four point games, and we’re not the ones getting the four points.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Accidents Do Happen

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The death of Whitby Dunlops defenceman Don Sanderson struck a chord in hockey tough guys everywhere.

Theirs is the hardest job in sports and they are all acutely aware of the risks they take every time they drop the gloves.

“It does go through your head, but at the same time we have a job to do and it’s part of the game,” said Oilers enforcer Steve MacIntyre, who’s recovering from a broken orbital bone suffered in a fight with Eric Godard.

“A couple of my buddies had the same thing happen and fortunately they came through. It’s just the way it is, it’s the nature of the beast, you’re going to get hurt,

“It’s an accident, and accidents do happen. Heartfelt sympathies go out to the family, that’s for sure. You have to go on and deal with it the best you can.”

continued and watch a CBC report on the death of Don Sanderson and the fighting debate below…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+macintyre

Souray Proving His Worth

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

With 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points, while at the same time being a plus player this season, Souray has not just been a big shot from the point but a complete player at his position.

Scoring the game winner in each of the previous two games and producing a goal and an assist when it mattered most in last night’s 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators, Souray became the Oilers’ top goal scorer for the season to put him on pace to duplicate his 64-point Montreal Canadiens 2006-07 season and do it without that massive minus.

“You are always a work in progress but I don’t think people knew me well enough, or had seen me play enough,” said Souray of those who thought his acquisition was a major mistake by the then general manager….”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sheldon+souray

Oilers Need To Make Some Moves

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have an abundance of young, skilled, play-making future stars but they clearly haven’t found a goal scorer to go with Ales Hemsky, are still seriously short on guts and remain at the bottom of the league in penalty killing and faceoffs. There’s been a serious shortage of will and willingness to compete. Some of the veterans aren’t as safe as they were at this time last year.

There’s no need for Eric Cole to remain here playing on the third line or that he’ll have a future fitting in on the first two. If you’re scoring Lowe is oh-for-three trying to find Hemsky a mate.

First there was Joffrey Lupul. Dustin Penner keeps getting chances and keeps failing to claim the spot. And getting right winger Cole to play with right winger Hemsky didn’t work either. Next.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

A Look At Peter Pocklington Today

from Brent Jang of the Globe and Mail,

(Peter) Pocklington, who’s now 67, is trying to keep things in perspective. Having hundreds of familiar and valuable possessions seized isn’t driving him to distraction, he insists.

“I don’t want to get involved in the public again. You never win. It’s ‘he said, you said.’ I don’t really give a shit what people say any more. I really don’t care. You can write whatever the hell you want. Thirty or 40 years from now, who gives a shit,” he says. “With all the shit that I’ve been through in my life, I don’t really mind. I’m not a bitter person. People who are bitter end up having heart attacks. That’s why I’m healthy at my age. I don’t internalize things.”

much more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Forget Christmas, It’s All About Practice

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

‘Twas the last practice before the preChristmas game when out on the rink there arose such a clatter.

It had to be head coach Craig MacTavish, who whistled and shouted and called his players by name; right up until the Edmonton Oilers zeroed in on the drills.

MacTavish wanted more shots on net, more battle during the drills, more of everything. By the time the players plunged into a series of

one-on-one drills in a confined space, everyone was relentless….

“You get around the holiday season and everybody has family in and it’s easy to get distracted,” said MacTavish. “You come in here and go through the motions, then you get back to your family to enjoy the festive holiday. But we need that game (tonight); then we can have a couple of days.

“The bottom line for me is that they’re not giving goals away at this level. You have to work for them, you have to practice, you have to train,” MacTavish continued.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Shakeup May Be Needed In Edmonton

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Normally it isn’t wise to make a trade for the sake of making a trade, but if the Oilers don’t get it going in the next few days, then Kevin Lowe, or Steve Tambellini, or Daryl Katz, or whoever’s holding the keys to the lemon currently parked near the bottom of the Western Conference standings needs to send somebody packing.

Give them the three games Edmonton plays during the Dec. 20-27 NHL roster freeze and if they aren’t an entirely different team when it’s over, then somebody’s gotta go.

Somebody significant. The core of leaders here isn’t delivering on the ice and doesn’t seem to be leading this young team to anything but mediocrity.

So if the Oilers are still in need of a shakeup on Dec. 28, they should start by shaking loose a veteran, or two.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Bad Kill

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers are being killed by their penalty kill. After allowing four powerplay goals in a 9-2 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks, the Oilers rank as the second worst penalty kill in the league.

Twenty-nine games in, Edmonton has let in 34 goals on 126 chances, a 73 per cent clearance rate, just ahead of Atlanta at 72 per cent. To put that in perspective, 24 NHL teams have killed off at least 80 per cent of their penalties this season.

Five teams have killed off more than 85 per cent of their penalties, led by the New York Rangers, who have a 91 per cent clearance rate.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 79 80 81 82 83 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts