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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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Moreau Plans To Make An Impact

from the Edmonton Journal,

...Moreau will slip into his jersey tonight, the one with the pristine C on the chest, and lead his team into a game against the Minnesota Wild.

He will no longer be captain in name only.

“It will be a special moment in my career. It will be the first time I’ve worn it, and I don’t take it lightly,” Moreau said before the team departed. “I just can’t wait. I’ll play the same way I always have, but I’ll be excited. ... I know I can make an immediate impact.”

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Oilers Need Some Home Wins

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

When the Oilers come to making new year’s resolutions, maybe they could start with doing something about their home record.

* Get out of 30th place in the powerplay statistics.

* Finish some checks. Make some hits. Become a tougher team.

* Close the back door on all those cheap weak side goals.

* Win more games than you lose against Northwest Division opponents.

It goes on and on. But winning games at home has to rank right up there.

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Oilers Still In The Playoff Hunt

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Oilers, however, are still in a dire situation. They likely need to garner at least 60 points in their last 45 games in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

But they seem incapable of getting over the .500 mark, which they absolutely must do, and very soon, in order to finish in the top eight. There’s only six points separating sixth place from 13th in the West.

“There are more teams in it this year for the playoffs, which really brings focus to each and every game,” admitted Oilers defenceman Steve Staios.

Almost every game, in every city, seems like a one-goal game or an empty-netter to win by two goals.

Faith, hope and parity—for sure.

more on the Oilers…

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“Dirty” Hit By Lapointe

from the Edmonton Journal,

With seven minutes left in the second period their star winger was drilled on his left knee by Blackhawks forward Martin Lapointe. Hemsky hobbled off the ice, in enough trouble that he was not able to return….

“It was a dirty hit,” said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. “He threw his knee out at him. It should have easily been (a five-minute major). It’s interference. It’s kneeing. How do you even brace yourself for that type of hit? There’s no need for a guy to do that. We have one of our best players taken out by a guy who plays 10 minutes a game.”

“I was just going to go around him,” Hemsky said. “I don’t know if he stuck out his knee or not but I hit it. It was knee-on-knee.”

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watch the video of the hit…

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Shootout Experts

from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s like being in Vegas up a couple of thousand,” said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. “You’re playing with house money, and all of a sudden that $20 bet isn’t that intimidating.

“When you’re 9-1 in the shootout, you go into those situations pretty loose and if something bad does happen, it’s not the end of the world because of the record that we have. That allows the players to relax.”...

“In large part it’s been the goaltending,” said MacTavish. “And Horc (Shawn Horcoff) has had great numbers in the shootout, as has Ales (Hemsky) and (Sam) Gagner.

“When you have great goaltending that is not letting in any goals and you have shooters that are as confident as our shooters are right now, it’s a good combination.”

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Why The Change

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So what happened? What changed?

How did “Not For Sale” change to “About To Be Sold”?

How did this go from Daryl Katz being given the bum’s rush by Cal Nichols and the Edmonton Investors Group to Nichols standing first in line to sell his shares to the Rexall owner?

In August, Nichols announced “a resounding vote to reject this offer.”

Remember the quotes?

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