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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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Jason Smith Facing Criminal Charges

from Sherri Zickefoose of the Calgary Herald,

Former National Hockey League defenceman Jason Smith is facing criminal charges after being arrested for domestic assault.

Smith, 36, a former Edmonton Oilers captain for five seasons who retired from the Ottawa Senators in 2009, is charged with two counts of assault and one count of unlawful confinement against his wife and teenage daughter.

Police were called to a southwest home at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The family, who lives in Greely, Ontario, were spending the summer in Calgary.

Although the charges against the Calgarian are serious, Smith’s defence lawyer says they don’t reflect the reality of the incident.


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Khabibulin A Free Man While Appeal Process Plays Out

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Despite being handed a 30-day jail sentence for drunk driving, Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is not on his way to one of Maricopa County’s infamous tent jails, where most inmates wear pink undies and striped uniforms, eat baloney sandwiches for brunch and are denied salt, cigarettes, coffee and movies.

The 37-year-old Russian may well wind up an unhappy prison camper eventually, but immediately after the sentence was handed down in Scottsdale Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, Khabibulin’s lawyer Mark DuBiel gave notice that he will appeal, an act that frees the goalie to attend training camp in Edmonton on Sept. 17, which is his intention, and might keep him out of jail through the entire National Hockey League season.

“It could take months,” GM Steve Tambellini said of the appeal process. “This obviously means the process continues. It doesn’t allow me, unfortunately, to comment on behalf of the team as we thought we’d be able to do, but that’s Nik’s right to be able to (appeal). As far as any discussion of further discipline or actions taken (by the) league, ourselves, obviously that all has to wait.”

read on

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Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced

He received the minimum sentence and fine.

vai AZ Vibe Sports tweet,

Min sentence = 30 days Min Fine = $507.60 DUI Assesment + $500.00 DPS + Jail Costs. Plus State Certifed Alcohol Screening and counseling.

added 6:17pm via Sarah McLellan tweets,

Talking now with lawyer. They are appealing

No estimate on appeal process but will be at camp

added 8:03pm, via TSN,

“I understand that (Khabibulin) has appealed the conviction and the resulting sentencing has been stayed pending appeal,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “I don’t expect having any reaction or response until the conclusion of the appeal process.”

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Khabibulin Sentencing Comes Down Today

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The minimum mandatory sentence is 30 days in jail for extreme drunk driving, but he could be imprisoned for up to six months. The 37-year-old Khabibulin was found guilty last Friday afternoon of two impaired driving charges—one for exceeding a blood-alcohol level of .08, the other for being over .15—and an excessive speeding charge.

If Khabibulin goes to jail, that would muddy the Oilers goaltending situation even more. As it is, hockey conspiracy theorists are having a field day.

There has been rampant talk that the Oilers could use Khabibulin’s sentence against him—as a way of getting out of their four-year, $15-million US contract with the veteran netminder for failing to report to training camp next month. There is talk that former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi is waiting in the wings to be signed.

But would anybody be saying this if Khabibulin had played 60 games last season and won 35 of them, rather than just 18 games after requiring back surgery? Probably not. Chances are the Oilers will stand behind Khabibulin, regardless.

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Oilers Reach A Two Year Agreement With Gagner

via Oilers.com,

Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Details to follow.

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