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via Sarah McLellan (Arizona Republic) has been tweeting from the trial for about 1 1/2 hours. Doing a great job with the updates and her latest is…
Judge not buying Khabibulin’s lawyer’s argument of errors in the blood testing argument
update 6:55pm, Khabibulin found guilty on 3 counts- DUI with BAC of .08 or more, excessive speed and extreme DUI with BAC of .15 or more.
All via the tweets of Sarah and sentencing is on a later date not yet determined.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• Nikolai Khabibulin will likely find out Friday if he’s going to jail.
The Edmonton Oilers goaltender will have his driving under the influence and speeding case heard before a judge in Scottsdale Municipal Court in Arizona Friday afternoon….
• Former Oilers winger Fernando Pisani, who had been on the ice for three weeks and said he felt “great health-wise,” was hit with an attack of back spasms while off-ice training a few days ago and couldn’t skate at Perry Pearn’s three-on-three pro camp.
Pisani told an Oilers veteran that he was feeling better after the scare, but this isn’t what the hard-luck Pisani needs with the Chicago Blackhawks camp opening in mid-September….
• Unrestricted free-agent winger Patrick O’Sullivan, the former Oilers, hasn’t had any real interest from other teams with camps opening in three weeks. That’s semi-surprising, considering his age (25) and he would come cheap because he was bought out.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
GM Steve Tambellini of the Oilers talked to the Oilers own analyst Bob Stauffer on the Team 1260.
Tambellini on Sheldon Souray: “Our intention is still, we’re trying to find some way where we can make a trade, some sort of scenario that can help another hockey club and it’s been difficult to do.”
Stauffer asked if anybody had made any offers at all, such as the Oilers taking back a bad contract.
“There hasn’t been an opportunity yet to make a deal,” Tambellini said.
Is it an option to bring him back? “I’m not going there at this point. I don’t want to go there because I’m focused on trying to make a deal and I want other teams to know that, too.”
continue for more on the Oilers…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
With Edmonton Oilers training camp less than a month away, disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray still doesn’t have a change of address while free-agent centres Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano don’t have contracts.
Needless to say, there is a gulf between what the Oilers and best buddies Gagner and Cogliano feel they are worth after three seasons of playing in the NHL.
They would have been signed long ago, but the Souray soap opera is a pricklier situation. It would not be a sound idea to have the veteran blue-liner on the ice at training camp, even if he has two years left with the Oilers at $5.4 million U.S. per season. That’s because he would likely be a major distraction, just as Dany Heatley was last summer with the Senators in Ottawa.
Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said there has been no line drawn in the sand with Souray or his agent Paul Theofanous.
from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,
The Washington Capitals are in talks with two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, about moving forward Tomas Fleischmann, 26, who is coming off a career year, an NHL source says.
If Edmonton were the place, Sheldon Souray would be heading to Washington. Kevin Bieksa would move from the Canucks to Washington.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Next season, the Oilers are likely going to have Theo Peckham—a fierce player who appears to relish fighting—and enforcer Steve MacIntyre in the line-up. Peckham will likely play a regular shift, while MacIntyre will get three or four minutes a game. He’s no Dave Semenko, but I don’t imagine he’ll hurt the team too much in his limited on-ice role. Indeed, his lack of icetime will free up icetime for others. At the same time, if having him on the bench gives pause to the Matt Cookes, Derek Boogaards, Steve Otts and Robyn Regehrs of the NHL, he will be serving a useful, perhaps vital purpose.
Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Gilbert Brule on a two-year contract.
Brule, 23, had 37 points (17G, 20A) in 65 games with the Oilers. He finished fourth in team scoring, second in goals and tied for first in game-wining goals with three.
“Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Tambellini. “We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team.”
“The biggest motivation comes from what I want to accomplish here (Columbus). The problems that we had in Edmonton ... it wasn’t really my health. It was more just a situation where we had a bad team. It’s hard for anybody to look good in that situation….”
-Ethan Moreau of the Columbus Blue Jackets. More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.
from edbreadsaid at the Sporting News,
One can only imagine the thrill of being young, rich and a handsome big league hockey player plying his trade in the Big Apple New York, New York. Many of the Rangers reveled in the lifestyle their celebrity granted them. Although not the street corner heroes they would have been had they played in Canada, they found a different type of status here in the playground of the rich and famous. Appearances on talk shows, winning tables at the best restaurants and staying out late at the trendiest discos were Big Apple perks. Over time many players have come to New York and reaped its rewards and just as many have had to leave because of them. Donny Murdoch was one of the latter.
Don Murdoch or ‘Murder’ as the Ranger fans tagged him was the son of a welder who tore up his junior league making him the toast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The Rangers made him their first pick in the 1976 draft. Lavishing much money on Don he, with his signing bonus, bought his sister and father new cars, put money in Dads account to start a new business and promptly bought himself an $11,000.oo corvette to go with his posh apartment in Long Island. The media loved him. He was a poster boy for sport. With his long hair and dimples there were plenty of groupies and fans tripping all over him to the extent where fans brought him gifts. He even danced with Margaret Trudeau.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.
Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.
But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….
If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?
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