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“We were playing three-quarter-ice hockey. Bring it out, bring it up, give it to them, come back in our zone, play like hell for a while, and if we get it out, make a quick change and put another set out that takes it up, turns it over and goes back to its end.
-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn after losing to the Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
For all the words spent on the National Hockey League’s growing problem with concussions, Sheldon Souray figures you can get rid of 90 percent of them with two words:
“I do it — and guys have done it for me,” Souray said this week. “As a matter of fact it happened at the end of (Saturday’s Washington) game, against Ovechkin. I was going to hit him and said, ‘Head’s up!’ You know. ‘It’s comin’!’”
He’s fine with a hard hit, and like most NHLers, Souray says of Mike Richards’ hit on David Booth “there is an element of risk to this game.” Injurious mistakes — like Jarome Iginla’s inadvertent trip that cost Souray 16 games with a concussion — are never going to be eliminated from the game.
But it is time for the players to put an end to the needless, high hits that happen along the boards and in the corners, delivered by players who need to know better.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey, For years now,
Oilers management has chased after big name talent, high-priced players in their late 20s and early 30s. That strategy paid off in 2006, with Chris Pronger and Dwayne Roloson almost leading the team to a Stanley Cup victory.
In the years since then, however, this same strategy has produced nothing but mediocrity in Edmonton, and there’s no sign things are going to change in coming years. In fact, the best bet would be for things to get worse.
As a result, the Oilers now need a new management team to bring in a new philosophy, and the sooner, the better.
It’s time for someone else to run this team. The roster itself needs to be dismantled, a difficult job, given the constraints of the NHL’s salary cap system and the strained budgets of many other teams. Nonetheless, if the Oilers appoint a caretaker manager, similar to what Toronto did in bringing in Cliff Fletcher, it’s likely some progress could be made.
from The Edmonton Journal,
Fernando Pisani has some colour in his cheeks and bounce in his step five weeks after his most recent ulcerative colitis scare that sent him home from a road trip when the Edmonton Oilers were in Atlanta.
He says he didn’t feel his career was in jeopardy, but he did spend time in hospital, which is always a major worry.
His intestinal disorder needs constant monitoring, but he’s feeling better, and plans on playing again in the New Year to try to revive an NHL career that’s been a horror show the past three years.
Pisani has had colitis, a broken leg, sore back, and colitis again, which has limited him to 100 games while sitting out 98 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Any thoughts that Pat Quinn had calmed down overnight were quickly put to rest at the start of practice yesterday.
The Oilers head coach picked up right where he left off after Tuesday’s loss to the Kings, telling the club in loud and colourful language that giving away free points is not acceptable.
He unloaded one barrel at the beginning of the skate and gave them the other at the end.
“The message I’m trying to say is I’m tired of us beating ourselves,” he said. “There’s not a lot wrong with us, but we still find ways to beat ourselves. We had the puck on every one of the goals they scored (in LA’s 3-2 win) and we gave it to them. We did stupid things with it, and stupid doesn’t win.”
The Oilers needed a culture change and the culture Quinn is trying to create here is that a one-game losing streak, even on the heels of a five game road winning streak, is too long.
Ethan Moreau when asked who is the smartest player in the NHL…
I’d have to say Chris Pronger. He’s probably the best player and the smartest player I’ve ever played with. I didn’t learn too much from him on the ice because he plays a different position. But, he has a real professional approach to the game, he’s always prepared to play and he takes a lot of pride in the way he plays. So those are probably things I took from him.
more of the interview with Moreau with David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey…
via the Edmonton Oilers Twitter,
Pat Quinn: Oilers goalie Khabibulin will undergo a spinal “procedure” today to help kick-start his recovery.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Tomorrow (Wednesday) night’s date in Tampa between the Lightning and the visiting Edmonton Oilers. It is one of two games this season the Oilers are unable to broadcast through traditional media outlets, according to Allan Watt, the team’s vice-president of communications and broadcast. As a result, for the first time in their history, the Oilers are making the game available on their website. Game time is 5:30 MST; but the broadcast will kick off 15 minutes earlier with a pre-game show.
Watt suggested the Oilers were “venturing into new territory with this webcast” (true) and that it would provide fans with “a unique new format to catch the game” (also true).
To enhance the overall viewing experience, the play-by-play team of Kevin Quinn and Louis DeBrusk will be tweeting with fans throughout the broadcast via Twitter.
Word is Gregory Campbell is OK, just a little dazed from the hit.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
NHL championship teams win almost always on the strength of their homegrown superstars, players drafted and developed by the team.
But it’s difficult to see the Oilers current crop of prospects having the talent to one day rise up and become a Stanley Cup contender, let alone champion.
As good as some of the young talent on the team is—namely Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, Jordan Eberle, Riley Nash, Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Theo Peckham—the group needs one or two more big name scorers or defenders to bring this bunch to full potential.
This year—which has gone so wrong for the Oilers due to injury, illness and poor planning—has a chance to go right if the Oilers hockey bosses don’t engage in wishful thinking. They need to start preparing for coming seasons right now, and if they’re not willing to do it, they should step aside.
The best way to rebuild is to trade away 30-something players on expensive long-term contracts, even if those players are still productive.
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