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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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  Tags: erik+cole

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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  Tags: erik+cole

If Vanek Were In Edmonton

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We can’t help but harp back to the Edmonton angle. Not only would the Oilers not have Penner on their hands right now if the Sabres had not matched, but they would have an elite forward to play with star winger Ales Hemsky, something the local Edmonton media has pointed out as a major issue with right now.

For as much heat as former Oilers GM/now team president Kevin Lowe got around the league in the summer of 2007, give him credit on this point—he was right about Vanek being worth the money.

more and some Pogge talk too…

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  Tags: thomas+vanek

Oilers Need To Be Buyers

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers a few questions from fans…

Q: The trade deadline is coming up. What players do you think might be on the trading block for the Oilers and whom do you see coming to Edmonton via trade?

A: After missing the playoffs for the last two years and it being imperative that they make it this time (probably to get a cacophony of fans off coach Craig MacTavish’s back even though they are close to 50 games over .500 in his tenure), the Oilers will almost certainly be buyers, not sellers. They need (a) a left-winger to play with Ales Hemsky, and (b) a defensive, big-body centre who can win faceoffs (Jerred Smithson and Radek Bonk ate them up in the Nashville game)....

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