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Wild Plans & Langkow Forced To Watch

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The rumblings have started in Minnesota that Todd Richards won’t survive as coach in part because of the unrest with the fan-base and owner Craig Leipold’s unhappiness with a payroll that’s at the cap ceiling. Richards has done yeoman work with a middling offensive squad and was done in when captain Mikko Koivu broke his finger, but he might take the fall. Craig MacTavish, biding his chance for another head coaching shot, was in the running for that job once before. You can bet Ken Hitchcock’s name will be mentioned, too, but it’s pretty fluid. What if Bruce Boudreau (Washington Capitals) or Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) don’t survive and they’re available?

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Also from Matheson,

To see Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow skating hard and firing pucks in practice Saturday morning was a heart-warming sight, 370 days after he broke his neck.

But his will can’t trump his salary, so Langkow was a spectator against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Langkow has defied long odds to return after an Ian White shot smashed into the back of his neck in Minnesota on March 21, 2010, but the Flames are at the NHL’s salary-cap ceiling and can’t afford to put Langkow, who has played 1,013 league games, in their lineup.

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Video- Dubnyk With The Save Of The Night

Olli Jokinen can’t believe the save by Devan Dubnyk.

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Evening Line

“I have no regrets. I’m thinking about what I’m going to say when it’s over. I don’t think there will be anything profound. Hopefully, I don’t get too emotional (not likely). I just want to get out of the broadcast as smoothly as I can while saying thanks for the great run.”

“I was absolutely blessed to have this job. How lucky was I? The Oilers were in seven Stanley Cup finals, winning five. They were in the conference finals in two others. Hall of Fame players, a long, long list ... Gretzky, Messier, Kurri, Anderson, Fuhr, Coffey, guys whose sweaters are hanging up at Rexall. Not a lot guys get the opportunity I did.”

-Rod Phillips, play-by-play man for the Edmonton Oilers.  Phillips will call his last game on Tuesday and Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal puts his career in perspective.

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Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Stop With The Complaints

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Edmonton Oilers president-CEO Patrick LaForge has a dual-themed message for Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and Air Canada, all of whom have been notably outspoken in their dissatisfaction with the health and safety of NHL players.

The first part of the message: actions speak louder than words. The second: you get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.

“There’s people who need to participate,” said LaForge, an alternate governor for the franchise and a key force in Oilers owner Darryl Katz’s bid to build a partially publicly-funded new arena for the team. “There’s owners of certain teams who’ve taken a shot at the game and never gone to a meeting, they’ve never participated in a rule discussion. There’s sponsors who start with a letter threatening, instead of a letter (saying) ‘how do we participate in addressing this?’

“Nobody (in the league) has had a closed door (about the issue), everybody’s had an open door. But it’s not good to start out being threatening.”

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Battle For The Bottom Spot

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

When the curtain finally falls on the Edmonton Oilers season, will it matter much if the team is parked in 30th place or if it manages to climb to 29th. Or maybe even 28th?

Depends who you ask.

“We don’t want to finish dead last. Nobody does,” said Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

“At some point, it’s just playoff teams and non-playoff teams,” winger Ryan Jones said. “The team that misses the playoffs through a tie break, or by one point, is in the same position we’re in. But at the same time, we have too much pride to think about finishing 30th two years in a row.”

If the Oilers, who currently have more pluck than puck luck, are going to move from the bottom of the league standings, the push will need to start with Friday’s game against the 29th place Colorado Avalanche.

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Who Said It?

“I remember the first day of camp like it was yesterday. Slats (Sather) had brought in (slugger) Jeff Brubaker to fight Sammy (Dave Semenko) and I think they fought four times that first day. It was one of those, ‘Holy smokes, where am I?’ things watching those two go at it.  I was horrible at my first morning skate. I was dazzled by who was shooting on me as much as trying to stop them.”

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has the rest of the story...

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Evening Line

In an ideal world, (Taylor) Hall wouldn’t have to fight, because that’s not what he’s good at. But to protect him you would need the repeal of the instigator rule, which would open the door to a new generation of Dave Semenkos. And since Bob Probert was just found to have had the degenerative neurological disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and since part of that disease can likely be attributed to his 240 career fights, bringing back the mastadons seems like a bad idea, too.

So we come back to the same old place. Protect yourself, kid, because the NHL will only do it if it’s Trevor Gillies taking unashamed runs at your head, or Chris Simon stomping on your leg. It’s how hockey works, and it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

-Bruce Arthur of the National Post.  Read more on this topic.

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Taylor Hall Out For The Season With High Ankle Sprain

The Edmonton Oilers released the following…

Taylor Hall has a left high ankle sprain which requires 8 weeks to heal, therefore he will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

We will have more details and reaction tomorrow morning on edmontonoilers.com.

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Video- Hall Hurts Ankle In Fight With Dorsett

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers’ rookie Taylor Hall said Thursday morning that he had only been in two junior fights in his hockey life and didn’t like his chances with the bigger boys in the NHL, but after one goal and a dazzling rush later, Hall shockingly dropped the mitts with one of the toughest pound-for-pound customers, Derek Dorsett, eight hours later.

Give Hall an A for bravery, but an F for foolishness after he exchanged punches with the Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward, who’s had 14 fights this season. Hall hung in after instigating the scrap in the wake of a hard Dorsett hit along the boards, but fell to the ice, landed awkwardly and injured his left ankle. There was no immediate word on how badly he was hurt but it didn’t look good as he limped to the dressing room.

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