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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun via the Edmonton Sun,
So much for the Battle of Alberta being fun.
Legal issues got in the way of a little bit of joy this week.
The gang at Fan960 came up with a funny song in light of the Edmonton Oilers’ 10-2 drubbing at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
(With Weird Al Yankovic-style, they used the song Lola by the Kinks and turned it into GOALA.)
Well, seems the neighbours to the north didn’t like it, not many of the Oiler-nation faithful and certainly not the team.
The Calgary radio station had to pull it down from its archives because the song used copyrighted material from the radio broadcast, the play-by-play calls of various goals, a complaint the Oilers made to the NHL, which in turn contacted the gang at Fan960.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Losing 10-2 on their first game back from the All-Star break after having won five of their previous six going into the break was a world-class dive into the toilet, a sheet- soiling like few you have ever witnessed since way back ......
Every time the Oilers get excited, they get evicerated.
“We weren’t ready from the start,” said Sheldon Souray, just back from the All-Star Game in which he played for a team that scored 11 goals and lost.
“The game was essentially over in the first few minutes.
“That was embarrassing plain and simple. Everything, everything was horrible. I don’t care if we had lost our last 10 games. Who cares about that?
via TSN Ice Chips,
Newly-acquired goaltender Dany Sabourin was placed on waivers today.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
In the modern Oilers context, Horcoff is the guy who digs out the puck of the Oilers’ zone and gets the play moving in the right direction, while Penner is the guy who charges the oppostion net, creating needed space down low for Hemsky to operate, to work his magic.
When all three are healthy and playing together, the Oilers have a first line that can compare to all but the very best first lines in the NHL, and might even come out on top of the finest opposition in a seven-game playoff series. Hemsky and Horcoff certainly combined with Ryan Smyth to do so in 2006.
This is a first line that can take the Oilers far into the playoffs, so long as the other lines, the defencemen and the goalie are doing their jobs.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated right wing Ales Hemsky from the NHL Injured Reserve List and placed left wing Robert Nilsson on the IRL.
Hemsky returns to the Oilers lineup after missing the last 10 games (December 30-January 16) with a concussion suffered in Edmonton’s December 28th game versus the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place.
Nilsson is placed on the NHL IRL retroactive to January 9th due to a concussion suffered versus the San Jose Sharks. Nilsson has missed four games (January 11th-16th) due to the injury.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Rayzor decides to take a wrist shot up the middle, which we all know is real easy with those big paddle-board sticks, with a catchers’ mitt on one hand and a body full of heavy equipment.
Pass gets knocked down by Horcorff, leading to a chinese fire drill in which Rayzor kicks back out the puck he appeared to have saved between his legs, only to flop around and watch Horcoff slide the puck in for the 3-2 game-winner.
Rayzor makes about 50 saves tonight, many of them great ones. Then loses a game because he decided to act like Moe, Larry or Curly, take your pick.
from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today,
Q. Things seem to be clicking between you and Sam Gagner. What’s been the difference lately?
A. Coach Cragi MacTavish seems to be showing more confidence in myself and Sammy….
from Robin Brownlee at MetroNews,
Of all the questionable decisions the Edmonton Oilers have made with players this season, the handling of Gilbert Brule ranks up there in terms of head-scratchers.
Brule played his 152nd NHL game against St. Louis last night, meaning he is just eight games from having to clear waivers to move between Edmonton’s roster and the minors.
You’d think, seeing as Edmonton traded Raffi Torres to Columbus to get the talented speedster, there’d be some sense of urgency in wanting to assess Brule before that 160-game mark to see if he’s in the plans.
But there was Brule last night, stuck on the fourth line with Kyle Brodziak and Steve MacIntyre while Liam Reddox played alongside Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff.
via Marc Ciampa of EdmontonOilers.com,
Saturday was an eventful day at Rexall Place - particularly for an off-day - with several injury updates coming out of the Oilers dressing room.
Sheldon Souray remarked that he tweaked his shoulder on Friday against the Sharks but it was nothing too serious and certainly not related to last season’s shoulder injury. Sam Gagner left practice early with a nagging ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday.
Head coach Craig MacTavish talked about Zack Stortini’s injury as well. He said the Oilers enforcer strained his knee. The injury is not nearly as serious as previously thought but he’ll still be out for some time.
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