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Value High In Canada

from the Edmonton Journal,

After a long period of economic dark days, Canadian NHL franchises are suddenly a hot commodity.

So what has changed?

Owners, academics, business journalists and financial experts say a number of factors have combined to make Canadian teams a better risk—namely the strong Canadian currency, the financial stability brought about by the 2005 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the players union and the league and, finally, a new kind of development model for NHL arenas that is seeing them built not as lonesome, stand-alone structures but as catalysts for larger commercial and residential developments in city cores.

read on

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Those Darn Sticks

from the Edmonton Journal,

Time and again, Jarret Stoll has had a stick snap in his hands. He’s switched manufacturers, tried different flexes, talked to the company representatives.

Now he might have reached his own breaking point. The shaft of another stick snapped in two on Thursday when Stoll took his turn during the marathon shootout session against the Washington Capitals. He was the seventh of 12 shooters the Edmonton Oilers deployed against goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

“It’s frustrating,” he said the morning after the Oilers had gained a point but lost 5-4 in the shootout. “Especially since I’ve switched and things were feeling good. ... Then all of a sudden it’s in your hand. In two pieces. It sucks. But we have to figure it out.

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You know things are going right when Eric Staal scored his 3rd goal of the game against the Oilers, watch his stick snap on the goal…

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Crib Burning Story Put Out

from the Edmonton Journal,

There is no proof to back up NHL star Chris Pronger’s claim that someone in Edmonton burned his furniture, including his child’s crib, after he was traded from the Oilers in July 2006, says a spokesman for the hockey team.

“I think it’s horrible. . . . He offers no proof,” said Allan Watt, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of communications.

The team’s security people, who are trained police officers, checked out the allegation, Watt said Friday.

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Some Oilers Didn’t Show Up

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

How do you explain why a half dozen professional hockey players can show up without their helmets screwed on straight for a game like last night?

How can a team like the Edmonton Oilers not have everybody going from the get-go for a game against the worst team in the NHL—especially while riding a four-game winning streak at home?

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Investigating Events in Edmonton During Playoffs 2006

From the Toronto Star,

imageAn Edmonton Oilers fan says a police officer drew blood when he hit her during hockey playoff celebrations on a popular city street in 2006.

Kristin Wilson is testifying at a hearing into what happened as hundreds of people celebrated on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton on June 17, 2006, after the Oilers won the sixth game of the Stanley Cup final.

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Ah, memories of Whyte Ave.  I’m surprised someone hasn’t written a book.

*photo property of this Flickr user, taken May, 2006

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Corporate Mess In Edmonton

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

What was once a workable arrangement — a group of 34 men and women banding together for a common good — has now become a pit of slithering vipers.

Depending on whom you listen to, the Edmonton Investors Group is either going to sell the Oilers to local billionaire Daryl Katz or tell him to take another hike. The remaining shareholders are either going to buy out those who want to sell, or perhaps a splinter group will form and make an independent offer for the team.

Anything and everything is in play, including the gamesmanship, which is running at an all-time high. Consider what’s happened in the past few weeks.

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Knee Surgery For Torres

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers will be without of of their regulars for an extended period of time, as the team learned Monday that forward Raffi Torres will have knee surgery.

Torres has been on injured reserve since Dec. 15 with a sprained anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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Oilers Need Hot Goalie Now

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Mathieu Garon has essentially been declared the new starting goaltender of the Edmonton Oilers because if the Oilers don’t win four out of five on the current homestand, you can probably kiss the playoffs goodbye.

If they don’t win seven or eight out of 10 prior to the all-star break, you can consider their season to be toast.

The Oilers can’t wait for spring. They have to do it now.

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Change It Up Edmonton

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Seven points with 40 games to go is nothing. But if this team is going to make another dramatic stretch drive, it needs a dramatic makeover.

Here are a few resolutions they should make for 2008:

1. PLAY THE KIDS

It’s time to end the love affair with reliable defensive players. They’re a dime a dozen and judging by the 14th-place Edmonton’s 129 goals against, second most in the conference, they’re not all that reliable anyway.

The players who should be getting the ice time are the dynamic young kids who are going to be leading this team in the very near future. Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano.

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Katz Rejected Again

from TSN and the CP,

The Edmonton Investors Group that currently owns the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers have rejected the latest offer from businessman Daryl Katz to buy the team.

Katz has attempted to purchase the Oilers from the group several times already. The latest bid that was rejected Wednesday was proposed last month when the drugstore billionaire made a $188 million offer for the team.

Update 6:15pm ET: More from TSN

The offer however is far from dead as several major investors are not on the Board and would still like to sell to Katz.  TSN has learned that the board voted 6-4 to recommend rejection, but that some of the bigger shareholders are known to support the offer.

Shareholders’ meeting is January 21.

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