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Bad Numbers In Edmonton

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

It must be a difficult NHL season for the decimal-point divas, who, like that tortured character in A Beautiful Mind, see Oilers games through an opaque prism of formulae and algorithms.

And bravo to them, by the way. It’s nice to have an engaging hobby, especially one so many others can share.

But when your beloved team has 14 victories just past the midpoint of the NHL’s regular season, possesses the league’s worst penalty kill, and flails away in the faceoff circle like a famished construction worker chowing down on consomme with a double-tined salad fork, the numbers don’t impress, do they?

Worse, the numerical indexes of real success won’t be there for the Oilers for two, three, maybe four years.

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No Interest In Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The San Jose Sharks need a defenceman to fire rockets from the point, but Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini hasn’t had any offers to deal disgruntled blue-liner Sheldon Souray.

San Jose GM Doug Wilson hasn’t asked about Souray, even though the Sharks lost Rob Blake to retirement after last season and Dan Boyle, their best blue-liner, isn’t a shooter.

No other team has inquired about the 34-year-old Souray, either.

“Sheldon has to get healthy,” said Tambellini.

Souray is out with a bad knee. He also broke his hand earlier in the season playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Tambellini’s preference is, “to get an asset, a pick or a player” for Souray in a trade, hopefully before the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline.

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Picking an All-Star Team, Especially this Year, Isn’t Easy but, Hell, I’ll Do it Again Anyway

It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.

For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.

Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.

(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)

Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…

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Is Taylor Hall In The Calder Race?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

A controversy is likely to soon begin as to whether he’ll also deserve to be the first winner in Oilers history of the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.

With 12 goals and 11 assists going into the team’s 41st game of the season, Hall projects to roughly a 25-goal, 25-assist, 50-point campaign.

That would compare favourably with Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and his 23-23-46 season two years ago, or John Tavares and his 24-30-54 point season for the New York Islanders last year.

Hall’s projected totals also stack up nicely against the 29-22-51 Ilya Kovalchuk posted in his rookie year for the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Pounded in Pittsburgh, Bolts Will “Bypass” This One

Following Dwayne Roloson’s stellar 34-save shutout debut in Tuesday night’s win in Washington, yours truly joined a host of other media types in pondering aloud just how far stable goaltending might propel the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After all, you can’t ask for a much better start with a new team than the one Roloson enjoyed against the Capitals.

That win elevated the Lightning into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division and into a tie for the top point total in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Enter the Penguins…

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Roloson Could Take Tampa from Good to Great, Plus Thoughts on M-A Bergeron and More

Let’s not make too much of Dwayne Roloson’s 34-save, shutout debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Or, maybe, come to think of it, let’s

It was but one game but what a big game it was.

To best the division rival Washington Capitals like that, with first place at stake in a 1-0 overtime finish, with both teams playing at a feverish pace all the while and the opposing goaltender standing on his head as well… Well, that’s one hell of a debut.

But, really, what you saw on Tuesday night is what Roloson brings to the table consistently. No, not a spectacular shutout performance each night (wouldn’t that be nice?) but a workman-like approach, a battle mentality and a proven track record of giving the team in front of him a chance to win on a nightly basis. Last night, Semyon Varlamov keeping the Bolts off the scoreboard for almost 63 minutes meant Roloson had to completely shut down the formidable Capitals attack and he was up to the task. On some nights, it will mean keeping the opponent from scoring a third or fourth goal.

Whatever the situation, with Roloson, you know what you’re getting.

And this could very well turn out to be the perfect fit with limitless potential.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dwayne+roloson, guy+boucher, marc-andre+bergeron, mike+smith, steve+yzerman

Losing Has A Different Feel For The Oilers

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

You’d think by now Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano and Theo Peckham, to name a few of the more seasoned Edmonton Oilers, would be used to the losing.

The Oilers lost 55 games last season, 44 in 2008-09, and once again, the club is parked in the basement of the Western Conference with a meek record of 12-18-7.

Thirty-seven games into the dreadful 2009-10 campaign, the Oilers were 15-18-4.

“I’ve been on a losing team for the past three years. I’m sick and tired of it,” said Peckham. “But this is different than last year. A lot different.”

“Everyone gets tired of losing,” said Gagner. “The biggest thing is to not let it affect the way you’re thinking or the way you play. A lot of times losing breeds losing habits.”

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Stamkos vs. Omark: The Controversy That Isn’t (With a Cameo from Denis Savard)

A few weeks ago, Edmonton’s Linus Omark’s spin move from center ice to begin the eventual shootout winner over Tampa Bay irked the Lightning. Players called it disrespectful, embarrassing and so on and so forth. I opined that it was no big deal and that the Bolts were overreacting. A day later, many of them realized just that, including the victimized goaltender, Dan Ellis, in particular.

“Bottom line, the kid scored,” Ellis told ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. “In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it.”

Last night, Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot against Montreal and converted to lengthen the Lightning’s lead in an eventual 4-1 win with a more traditional spin-o-rama from in tight.

And, sadly, it didn’t take long for several mouths to start yapping about Stamkos’ attempt being just like Omark’s, when nothing could be further from the truth. Snarks aimed at Ellis, specifically, were commonplace and one has to wonder, at this point: What is it that people outside of Tampa (and maybe Detroit?) seem to hate so much about the Bolts? Success breeds contempt, I suppose - or maybe it’s a Florida/Southern hockey thing… But it seems like any time anything even remotely spicy pops up around this team, so many are - pardon the pun - lightning-quick to pile on.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, denis+savard, linus+omark, spin-o-rama, steven+stamkos

Video- Highlight Fight

Zack Stortini and Colton Orr last night and check out the one linesman who seemed to want to break up the fight a couple of times.

Probably one of the better fights of the year.

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  Tags: colton+orr, zack+stortini

The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.

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Listen in after the jump…

 

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  Tags: dan+ellis, evgeni+nabokov, linus+omark, mike+smith

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