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Move Souray

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

I’m not picking a side here. Clearly, the Oilers needed a full-scale cleanout after last season’s disaster. Tambellini made some very difficult decisions, including firing a coach who was a long-time friend and mentor. It looks like Edmonton will be better off because of those choices.

Here’s the thing I’ve learned about Souray, though: He’s pretty popular among his peers. Obviously, he’s not as beloved in Edmonton, but that doesn’t affect his relationships elsewhere. And that should be important to the Oilers.

The team’s fans don’t need reminders about how difficult it’s been to attract players to the NHL’s northernmost outpost. But there were other issues besides the obvious. For example, it was well-known around the league no team was more difficult to deal with when it came to getting new sticks or skates for the players. (That’s one of the main reasons the equipment staff was changed.)

When you’re battling to change your image, there can’t be any loose ends. And that’s why Tambellini should end this dance.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/11/10

Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.

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Depending On Khabibulin

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

In Edmonton, Nikolai Khabibulin is right now giving the Oilers the kind of consistent play in goal that is an absolute must for a team like his and last year’s Avs, both rebuilding projects laced with many youngsters on defence and up front. If his rock-solid performance (and yes, it has been just two games) comes as a surprise, it’s only because of everything he’s been through and put himself through in the past year, health-wise and in the legal system, not based on the bigger picture of his National Hockey League history, or even his complete Oiler tenure.

He was, after all, a team MVP candidate for 18 games last fall, before a back injury put him on the shelf for the rest of the season. If his aging physique holds up, and he said he has yet to feel any ill effects from exhibition games and a season-opening shutout over Calgary, his stellar play probably will too. And if that’s the case, there is every chance the Oilers are going to be this year’s can’t-miss kids for as long as that combination holds.

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I know there is sports betting in Canada and wonder if the Oilers have what it takes to win it all this season?

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Horcoff Goal- Was It?

It’s a goal for Shawn Horcoff tonight.  What do you think (go to the halfway point of the video to see some different angles)?

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Hall & Eberle Now Roommates

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  Tags: jordan+eberle, taylor+hall

What Was That?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Based entirely on the premise that it’s never too early in the season to be called a pussy(cat), can someone please explain to me the purpose/meaning/significance of the Steve MacIntyre smackdown of Raitis Ivanans last night in Edmonton?

continued and if you missed the fight, you can watch it here...

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Two-Goal Start for Sutter, Productive Youth (and No Injuries!) All Good Signs for Carolina

He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.

For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.

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Jordan Eberle With His First NHL Goal

The young Oilers defeated the Flames 4-0.

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  Tags: jordan+eberle

Steve MacIntyre Sends Raitis Ivanans To The Ice

Reports after the game stated Ivanans was ok.

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  Tags: raitis+ivanans, steve+macintyre

It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

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  Tags: cam+ward, jeff+skinner, nhl+premiere

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