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Losing Badly

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The litany of losses that make their fans want to gag are plenty - like Thursday’s 4-2 loss in Ottawa, getting shut out at home by Columbus or losing 8-3 to Detroit, 10-2 to Buffalo and 9-2 to Chicago.

“It seems like when we lose, we lose 5-1, 5-0 - everything goes wrong,” said Ales Hemsky.

“We stop playing. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. We get down and we have no answer.”

Very rarely have the Oilers been able to reverse the flow of momentum. Even when they have 59 minutes and 48 seconds to do it, like in Ottawa.

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Carolina/Edmonton/Los Angeles Deal

According to TSN, Carolina’s Justin Williams goes to LA Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. Carolina then traded O’Sullivan to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole.

There are picks involved which will be updated later.

Update 4:07pm ET: A note from Sportsnet trade alerts (by email) indicates that the Oilers also got Ales Kotalik in the deal.

Update 4:21pm ET: As pointed out in the comments, Kotalik is (was) with Buffalo, which creates some confusion. I was simply noting the update we received from Sportsnet.ca at 4:07pm ET which read exactly like this—

Carolina Hurricanes get:
  - LW Erik Cole
Edmonton Oilers get:
  - LW Patrick O’Sullivan
  - Ales Kotalik

As noted by Nate in the comments, Kotalik is apparently a feature of a separate transaction between the Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, exchanged for a 2nd round draft pick. [The Score]

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Oilers Have Needs

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers have all sorts of needs heading into tomorrow’s swap meet - a first-line left winger, a second-line left winger and a second-line centre to tide them over until Sam Gagner can begin producing.

And maybe a shut down defenceman.

Otherwise, they’re set.

“We’ve had our discussions, we know our needs and the managers are going to try and address those needs the best they can,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “If the opportunity presents itself to help us, that’s obviously what we’d like to have happen, we’re all gearing towards that. But the deals have to make sense ...”

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Moreau Home After Suffering Eye Injury

from TSN/ The Sports Network,

Edmonton Oilers forward Ethan Moreau is back at home the day after suffering a scary eye injury against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Moreau was hit in his right eye by the stick of the Wild’s Antti Miettinen late in the third period. After leaving the ice, Moreau was immediately taken to Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton.

While the real extent of the injury is not yet known, surgery was not required on Saturday night. Doctors will continue to monitor the eye through the week to see if that changes.

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Morning Line

OK, I’ll say it. Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson is the whiniest player in the NHL. Every game, an issue. Yes, Jared Boll bumped him a few times and he could have been called for goaltender interference early in the game. But Roloson acts a little girl who had her pigtails yanked. Not very flattering, really.

-Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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Pisani Activated

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated forward Fernando Pisani from the NHL Injured Reserve List.

Pisani was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List on November 18th after suffering a fractured left ankle in the Oilers game against the Detroit Red Wins at Joe Louis Arena on November 17th

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Oilers Trying To Find Some Offensive Help

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Kevin Lowe and then Steve Tambellini settled into a seat at Rexall Place to watch their Edmonton Oilers practise on Monday morning, and one thought came to mind.

Shouldn’t those guys be on the phone? In fact, shouldn’t they have made a trade already? Shouldn’t they be in the middle of sending draft picks and/or cheap young players out for a proven scorer coming back?

In a word, yes.

And to be fair, they are trying. They want to make a deal for a point-producer who would immediately slide into Dustin Penner’s first-line slot on the left side. They need somebody to trade the puck with Ales Hemsky and score off the rush and they’re prepared to surrender quality assets to make that deal.

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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.

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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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