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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So Roloson knows what he is these days. He’ll even admit it: “Insurance.”
He’s not complaining, or trying to make waves. He’s just a guy who has been around hockey long enough that he doesn’t need a gypsy to read the cards being dealt at Oilers camp this fall.
“Don’t let them put you in a spot to be the backup,” Roloson said on Wednesday. “Do whatever you can do to prove that you can play, that you want to play. That’s all I can do: take advantage of the playing time that they’re giving me, and do the best that I can.”
The regular season hasn’t even started yet and already Dustin Penner has pulled off what will likely be the most successful prank of the season. Last night, as the Oilers players and staff settled into their rooms at Jasper Park Lodge, Penner was busy getting dressed up in the scary mask from the “Saw” horror movie series. He went from room to room knocking on doors and scaring his teammates when they opened up. Ethan Moreau ended up with a choke hold on him and Kyle Brodziak nearly destroyed his own computer while attempting what Penner called “the flying crane” ninja move. Penner told me “this is just the tip of the iceberg”.
Here’s the story on audio, as told by the Oilers themselves. Great stuff.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
There was a changing of the guard over the summer, with 50-year-old Steve Tambellini stepping into Kevin Lowe’s shoes as the Edmonton Oilers general manager….
Q: Your last NHL playing days were in Vancouver. How did you get into management?
A: At the time, I was going back and forth between playing in Europe and if I was quitting, I thought I’d end up in private business, because the opportunities in the National Hockey League or pro sport are very limited. But (Canucks GM) Pat Quinn called me and asked if I’d join the club.
from the Edmonton Oilers,
“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated. All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.
read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…
You know, you get up at 3:30am and expect things to be peaceful, yea right. Directv box won’t turn on, finally unplugged it and let is sit for 15 minutes, finally restarted. Comcast cable modem starts blinking and blinking and blinking, no connection.
Reset the modem, waited 15 minutes and as you can see, back online. The rest of the day better improve, quickly!
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
We have it on good authority that after years of shunning the idea of a mascot, the Edmonton Oilers are about to unveil one this week.
The smart money on the outfit, which is being made in Calgary, says it will be representative of the Oilers’ great hockey fans ... which is to say it will likely include a mullet, overalls, high-top runners and a handful of teeth.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
“Pittsburgh was smart to pick up Miro Satan because he’s a more complete player than Marian Hossa,” Adler says. “Hossa is a scorer, but so is Satan, except Satan knows even how to backcheck, AND he’ll know how to get Crosby into scoring positions and get the puck to him.
“Satan slowed down at the Island last season (just 16 goals in 80 games), but that doesn’t mean he he hasn’t got it any longer ... The Islanders stunk last season, that’s all.”
So two veteran hockey observers think Satan can do it. I’m not so sure, and I’ll get into that in a moment. It’s worth noting now, though, that Satan has defied negative expectations in the past.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.
The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….
With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go. Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.
from the Edmonton Journal,
“I just got the pads a couple of days ago ... different, eh?” said Garon, who looks more compact in darker colours after wearing pads that were heavily white.
Garon will wear the blue and orange on retro nights. For now, he’ll be breaking in new gear, and is glad that he has the equipment about 10 days before the Oilers’ season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.
“They asked me if I wanted a new mask, too. That’s coming. Totally different stuff on the mask. I don’t want to say what. I’ll have two masks, one for regular, one for the third jersey.”
more on the Oilers…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish is giving his captain lots of rope in exhibitions, unlike kids who tend to hang themselves as they try to compete against the bigger boys.
“We have to give some guys a little bit of slack, Ethan in particular, because he hasn’t played a lot of hockey over the last two years,” said MacTavish.
“I’m giving him the latitude to work through his game. It’s been a long time between games. The intensity and the physical play are the last thing I think about with Ethan ... your game gets out of sync a little bit and sometimes you look in the wrong places, but he’ll be fine. It’s fine-tuning the systems and positional play with him.”
MacTavish is still auditioning Moreau with Pisani and Penner, as a quasi-scoring, big-bodychecking line, although Pisani, for all his defensive acumen, is still trying to get the hang of taking faceoffs.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The Oilers Dustin Penner has just a bit of Mahovlich in his game, but it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning….
Penner does have Mahovlich-like reach and range, something that 6-foot, 5-inch Petee, the Little M, employed to his great advantage for the Montreal Candiens as a penalty killer, and something we should see more of from Penner if he continues to kill penalties this year, as he has been doing in the preseason.
Big, mobile guys with long reaches, such as Big Pete, such as Penner, present huge obstacles on all parts of the ice for power play specialists, much more so than little guys like, say, Todd Marchant.
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