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Oilers Better Without Souray

from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey,

It seems Tambellini comes from the old school of people who seem to think we all should be responsible for our actions. Looks as if it was a perfectly novel approach to some. What Tambellini, by the action he had taken, told his players (and, by unspoken extension, sundry employees) is quite straightforward: think before you put match to bridges. You’re responsible for your actions, and you will be held as such. You’re an adult, after all, you can vote, you can run for public office, even, so, there it is. Know when to speak. Know what to say. Know how to say it. And, last but not least, know to whom you’re talking.

Sheldon Souray ignored all of this. Now, he’s paying the price. A steep price, too.

And the Oilers, even if they happen


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Edmonton Players Talk Sheldon Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If defenceman Sheldon Souray was at Edmonton Oilers training camp, it wouldn’t be a problem for his teammates, who see him as a piece of the puzzle, not the walloping headache that the team management does.

“A distraction for us? Not at all,” said the leaner-looking winger Dustin Penner, after an informal skate with many Oiler players, including Souray, at Kinsmen Arena Tuesday. “He’s a player like anybody else. We could use him.”

“A distraction to the players? It won’t be now. It wouldn’t have been on the ice, but if the media wants to make a big deal of it, they could easily do that. Then it becomes one, because you have to answer questions about it every day,” said centre Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff was surprised Monday to learn the Oilers had e-mailed Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous that the 34-year-old defenceman wasn’t welcome at camp, as they try to move him. “I don’t think we have to worry about that now (distraction problem) because management’s taken that out of our hands.”


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Morning Line

“I wouldn’t be a distraction ... I was planning on coming in, planning on being focused and ready to do whatever to be a professional.

“Why would I have been a distraction? I’m a professional. No one is more anxious to get back on the ice and get myself back to the player I know I can be.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers after the Oilers told him not to attend training camp.  More from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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No Oilers Camp For Souray

from an Edmonton Oilers tweet,

Statement from #Oilers GM Tambellini: Souray was informed last week that he will not be attending Training Camp. More details coming soon.

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Souray With A Softer Approach

from TSN,

The 34-year old went public with his criticism of the team back in April and demanded a trade, stating that he felt as though he had been mistreated by the organization by being forced to play before he had completely recovered from a shoulder injury.  When the Oilers found no takers for their disgruntled defenceman either through waivers or a trade, it seemed as though the two-sides were headed towards a very nasty and very public divorce.

It appears that time has healed at least some of those wounds as Souray was back on the ice at the Rexall Centre Monday, skating with teammates for the first time since sounding off.  His stance also seems to have softened somewhat since making his initial demands.

“Things that I said, that’s five months ago,” Souray told TSN.  “We are in a completely different spot now and there is a lot of optimism.”

read on

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The Interesting Oilers

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

I’d go as far as saying the Oilers might be one of the most interesting and exciting teams to follow this season. The Oilers, who boast a passionate fan base, but who have not made the playoffs in five of the past six seasons, will welcome some terrifically-talented young men into the fold. When you look around the NHL and see the success teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals have enjoyed (OK, OK, the Caps still haven’t won squat, but they are close!) after an infusion of young talent, it is easy to be excited about the Oilers prospects in the next few years.

Start with Hall, the No. 1 pick in the NHL entry draft last June. While Tambellini played coy leading up to the draft, not tipping his hand as to whom he would choose, Hall or Tyler Seguin, it was the two-time memorial Cup MVP he had in his sights all along. Hall is a game-breaker, a dedicated young man who knows how to lead and how to win.


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Pat Quinn Still Has The Passion

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Pat Quinn isn’t asking Steve Tambellini for much. Or, for that matter, for anything more than a man of his stature in the game deserves.

“Steve has his whole organization, and I hope he sees where I can fit in and do (something meaningful). I don’t want to carry bags,” Quinn said on Sunday afternoon, addressing his job status for the first time since he said he was blindsided by his firing as head coach on June 22.

As another hockey season dons, and rookies from five NHL teams hit the ice here in B.C.‘s interior, Quinn sat next to Tambellini in the stands of the South Okanagan Events Centre discussing his future with the Oilers. With one year left on a deal he signed to coach the team, both know the post of senior advisor could mean anything, really.

For now, Quinn just wants it to have some substance.

“I don’t want to go off in the sunset yet,” the 67-year-old grandfather said.


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A Different Type Team For Renney

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

The process hasn’t changed for Tom Renney, but the scenario will certainly be different when training camp opens and he steps in as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

“The circumstances are different. I don’t have Jaromir Jagr to lean on or Trevor Linden or guys like that. I have some players here who are young and inexperienced and are being exposed to this mechanism for the first time,” Renney said Friday.

“I would be excited anyway, but there’s certainly a different element about it this time.”


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All Eyes On Hall

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Taylor Hall’s weight jumped from 185 to 194 in the three months since Edmonton picked him first overall.

Who knew the weight of the world was only nine pounds?

The marquee man in the club’s resurrection effort showed up for fitness and medical testing Friday looking bigger and more relaxed than he was in June, says he’s ready to begin his journey into the NHL and seems quite at peace with the staggering expectations.

“I feel a little bit stronger,” said Hall, who’ll see his first live fire in Oilers colours this week at the five-team rookie tournament in Penticton. “I don’t want to come here this season promising the world, but I do feel strong and I feel that I’m ready to play.

“Since the development camp (in mid summer) I’ve turned into a stronger player and a more mature person. I’ve realized I have to change everything I do in my life to be in the NHL.”


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Cogliano Signs One Year Deal With Edmonton

(Edmonton) - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Andrew Cogliano on a one-year contract.

Cogliano, 23, finished last season appearing in all 82 games collecting 28 points (10G, 18A) and 31 penalty minutes. The 5’10” 185 lbs forward has played in 246 NHL games and has 111 points (46G, 65A) and 73 PIM.

The Toronto, ON native has played all three seasons for the Oilers including his rookie year in 2007-08 scoring 45 points (18G, 27A), which saw him land in the NHL record book when he scored overtime goals in three consecutive games.

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