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from Doug Harrison at CBC Sports,
As Edmonton Oilers fans anxiously await the return of the “real” Sam Gagner, his father, Dave, sits two time zones away in his London, Ont., home confident that better days are ahead for the promising forward….
“I don’t think there’s a player that’s ever gone through stretches where things didn’t go the way they wanted,” Dave Gagner told CBCSports.ca. “As long as [Sam] continues to play the right way, things will eventually turn for him. I think he’s handling it fairly well.”
Through Nov. 13, young Sam had two assists and one goal in 16 games this season after finishing fifth in rookie scoring last year with 49 points as an 18-year-old.
From the Edmonton Oilers:
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today that the Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Jesse Boulerice off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and have placed left winger Steve MacIntyre on the NHL Injured Reserve List. [...]
Boulerice has played 170 NHL games with Philadelphia, Carolina and St. Louis, scoring 8-2-10 with 333 penalty minutes. He spent his first full season in the NHL with Carolina in 2002-03 and played a career-high 76 games with the Hurricanes in 2003-04.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
After exceeding expectations with the Edmonton Oilers as the youngest player in the NHL last season, Sam Gagner is struggling to find his form in his sophomore campaign.
Fifth in rookie scoring with 49 points and seventh in voting for the Calder Trophy in 2007-08 as an 18-year-old, Gagner has just two assists through 11 games this season.
While Gagner is loathe to talk about the dreaded sophomore jinx, there’s no question his start to the season has been disappointing after he set the bar so high a year ago.
Did you see those goals? Is it possible that prior to Sunday Hemsky had no goals this season or that in fact he hadn’t scored a goal in 18 games? Could that be true?
It is, but again I point to what Hemsky did on Sunday and this makes no sense. This guy should have two goals a game with his talent, not two goals this season.
It’s always been hard to understand how someone with Hemsky’s world class abilities doesn’t have the numbers to match it.
More at Sportsnet. Goal videos below:
from Gene Principe at Sportsnet,
I’ve covered the team for ten years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such surgeon-like precision by the Oilers head coach when it comes to breaking down his team and here’s how it went.
Let’s start with scoring. “We have a soft, high risk offence”. OK then how about your defence? “We’re not going backwards as fast as we’re going forwards”.
Did you think it was another slow beginning against the Bruins? “Our starts have been horrific.” And why is that the case? “We’re trying to cut corners.”
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
“We’re not happy about losing three in a row,” said netminder Mathieu Garon. “But we’re not at a panic point right now.”
Sam Gagner agrees.
“We can’t be too negative,” he said. “We can’t worry about it too much, but at the time we need to learn from the mistakes we made in the last few games.
“The energy in here seems to be positive, guys are upbeat, guys are working hard in practice. That’s what we need to go forward. I don’t think any negativity or guys feeling bad for themselves is going to help us.”
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Edmonton Oilers media relations director J.J. Hebert says blogger Dave Berry of Covered in Oil was temporarily banned from the Oilers press box last week because of the “disrespectful and embarrassing” content of Berry’s live blog commentary on the Oilers’ home opener.
“It was disrespectful, it was embarrassing and we simply do not need it,” Hebert says.
“What triggered it initially was the content,” adds Allan Watt, vice-president of communications for the Oilers. “It was profane.”...
Berry made a number of whimsical and humorous jokes in his running commentary, but also a few that caught the attention of Oilers public relations men, including Berry’s use of the F-word and a comment he made about Oilers agitator Zack Stortini.
from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,
Q: Do you think any bloggers should be in the press box, if that is there only media connection?
Answer from TEAM 1260 sports radio host Jason Gregor: Blogs are allowed in the press box, as long as it isn’t a play-by-play account. If I wanted to write a blog about stats that weren’t relative to the game I could.
My beef with bloggers is that anyone can be one. Most are nameless, faceless people who write their opinions, but unfortunately there are too many false facts in blogs. I understand the next generation gets most of their information from the Internet, but unfortunately lots of it is horribly written or inaccurate. Kids read this stuff and they believe it. I don’t think bloggers truly understand the strength of their message, and also the damage it can do.
What about writing an article on the damage that bloggers do? They all seem to think that because they “care” about the team, that their messages are helping the team. Well that might be true, but no one in blog world ever talks about the negatives.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hockey fans at a sports collectibles show say they were stunned to learn that autographs at a table featuring Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers cost $25….
It wasn’t clear where the money was going, but the Edmonton Sun reported that several people working the event who didn’t want to be identified confirmed that it wasn’t for charity….
Cogliano said the signing was part of his contract with AJ Sportsworld, but declined to comment further after being told not to talk to media.
Gagner, looking at the table in front of him and slumping his shoulders when asked why they’re charging fans, declined to answer.
from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
In what had been a latent war, muted by slow gains for alternative media and muffled by gimmicks like the New York Islanders’ Blog Box, David Berry is the hockey blogging equivalent of Joe the Plumber—a conversational pivot for a renewed debate.
In the process, he’s shown that the Oilers are embarrassingly behind the times when it comes to new-media acceptance. The times, in this case, being circa 1999.
Why is it some NHL teams get it and others just don’t? Maybe if they took the time out to try to understand what bloggers actually do, they would be much more receptive instead of always looking over the shoulder of a blogger.
added 7:34am, Mirtle chimes in too…
At some point, the designations become pretty unclear. If I was in the Oilers press box on an assignment for the newspaper and happened to post a little ‘how do you do’ on this site, would that be allowed? Is blogging on Oilers Nation if you’re already in the media circle okay?
added 7:38am, from Ted’s Take,
The NHL needs a big tent when it comes to coverage. We need to embrace new media and be the leaders in developing affiliates and a network that talks about our sport, our teams and our players.
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