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from Robin Brownlee at MetroNews,
Of all the questionable decisions the Edmonton Oilers have made with players this season, the handling of Gilbert Brule ranks up there in terms of head-scratchers.
Brule played his 152nd NHL game against St. Louis last night, meaning he is just eight games from having to clear waivers to move between Edmonton’s roster and the minors.
You’d think, seeing as Edmonton traded Raffi Torres to Columbus to get the talented speedster, there’d be some sense of urgency in wanting to assess Brule before that 160-game mark to see if he’s in the plans.
But there was Brule last night, stuck on the fourth line with Kyle Brodziak and Steve MacIntyre while Liam Reddox played alongside Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff.
via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,
Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.
Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
First Sheldon Souray left the game in the second period and didn’t return for the third. The Oilers would only describe it as an upper body injury. Edmonton’s best defenceman joins their best forward, Ales Hemsky, in the training room.
Then as the Oilers were out looking for bear in the third period, Zack Stortini fell awkwardly to the ice in a fight with Brad Staubitz and appeared to suffer a badly broken leg.
The video replay, which resembled Joe Theismann’s famous injury, brought groans of horror from the crowd at Rexall Place, and was only shown once.
more and watch the high quality video below…
Emails streamed in overnight, claiming Mitchell should be suspended for his hit on Gilbert last night.
Watch and listen to what Gilbert thinks of the hit. End of story!
I normally refrain from posting vulgar language, but this one is funny. It happens about the 40 second mark but watch from the beginning to understand what happened.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Before answering postgame questions, Gordon spent a few minutes reviewing tape of the key calls, especially the Oilers’ tying goal. “It was definitely a kicking motion,” Gordon said. “Beyond that, I don’t know what the decision was as far as if it went directly in or hit something else or what the rule was, but it was definitely a kick at that puck.”
Asked if he’s beginning to sense a lack of respect from the refs for the NHL’s last-place team, Gordon said, “It just seems like the last three games it’s kind of hard to believe that we only have four power plays.”
more and watch video of the controversial goal below…
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.
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.
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.”
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…
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