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The New-Look Oilers

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s a team with a handful of new players, one too many goalies, $13 million US in salary-cap space and a defenceman in limbo.

But what kind of team is it, really?

According to Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney, it’s one with energy, speed, a quick transition game and Stanley Cup work habits, the tangible characteristics that have been previously used to define hockey in these parts. But it has to be something else first because of who made the roster and who didn’t on Monday.

“I’m hoping we’re in-your-face enough to get respect,” said Renney, who made eight cuts and is left with 24 bodies, counting the so-faruntradeable Sheldon Souray and J.F. Jacques, who is destined to start the year on the injured list.


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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).


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  Tags: nhl+season+preview, predictions

Options For Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The chance of a trade before the seasons starts is slim. The problem for the Oilers is that on Wednesday teams must file their 23-man rosters to the league.

Tambellini doesn’t want to add Souray to the roster, even though the Oilers are more than $6 million under the league’s $59.4 million salary cap.

If he’s not dealt, the Oilers will certainly assign Souray to the AHL by Wednesday or just before that.

“It’s not an option to have him sitting. He has to be playing,” said Tambellini, who didn’t want Souray on the ice during training camp, but knows that once the season starts teams want to see if he has returned to form, no matter where he’s playing….

The New York Rangers are likely interested in Souray after dumping Wade Redden’s $6.5-million salary, and not just because Doug Risebrough, their pro scout, has seen the Oilers play four straight games.


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Evening Line

If owner Daryl Katz, Lowe and to some extent Tambellini hadn’t made all the mistakes they made in the last few years, the Oilers’ future wouldn’t be so bright.

There might not be a Jordan Eberle, a Magnus Paajarvi and damn sure not a Taylor Hall.

With Souray clearly one of the players most responsible for poisoning the pond prior to joining Nikolai Khabibulin and Ales Hemsky on the long-term injured list, he played his part.

Sheldon Souray, in a twisted way that somehow fits his persona perfectly, will have a lasting legacy here.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.  More on Souray and the Oilers.


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Oilers Waive Souray & Gerber

Numerous tweets state the Oilers have put Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber on waivers.

Any chance a team decides to put a claim in for either one of them?

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Souray Just Sitting

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Wouldn’t it help the Oilers if they had Souray playing somewhere, rather than sitting on his backside, for his trade value?

“I don’t know about that,” said Tambellini, who undoubtedly has been on the phone to the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, who have lost Mark Streit with an injured shoulder, possibly for the season.

“We have been through this (thinking of the different scenarios with Souray) for some time. All I know is he’s healthy now.”

Souray hasn’t responded to several text messages to ask if he’s skating by himself in Los Angeles or maybe he’s asked a Western Hockey League junior team if he can practise with them.

“All we know is he’s not in Edmonton,” said Olczyk.

The Islanders are under the NHL’s cap floor of $44 million and could easily fit in Souray, but they are loath to spend money. Colorado is under, too, but they are talking of trading for New Jersey captain Jamie Langenbrunner because the Devils are over the cap. Columbus still seems the best bet for now. They are evaluating their roster through camp, however.


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Oops Dan Ellis

Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?

Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.

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Oilers Flex Their Muscle

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers might as well have worn pocket protectors, broken glasses and Justin Bieber Fan Club T-shirts on the ice last year for all the times they had their lunch money stolen and their heads shoved into the toilet water.

They were pushed around so badly that GM Steve Tambellini, well aware that he couldn’t let the same thing happen to all those blue chip kids ion the horizon, vowed in his end of season address that the Oilers would be 98-pound weaklings no more.

If Wednesday night’s lineup in Vancouver is any indication, mission accomplished.

Maybe they were sending a message to a divisional opponent that’s been roughing them up for years and maybe they weren’t, but they dressed Steve MacIntyre, Zack Stortini, Jim Vandermeer and Theo Peckham.

The Canucks, in response, stood down. There were a lot of Oilers asking, and a lot of Canucks acting like they didn’t hear.


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Souray For Commodore Could Be A Match

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The important thing is that even if they are larger than life characters, neither Commodore nor Souray is a bad guy - and that’s critical for any team worried about tampering with fragile chemistry and impressionable personalities.

So it will be interesting to see how the conversation evolves - and if it actually turns into something more than just testing the waters. Most times, these sorts of talks die because there are too many variables in play and ultimately just gets too complicated. Once in a while, a couple of motivated and inspired GMs find a fit - and make it work. For all of the principals, this should be one of those times.


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  Tags: mike+commodore, sheldon+souray

It’s Different In Edmonton

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

The eggshells are gone.

If your name is Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner or Tom Gilbert, that should have been among the first things you noticed upon your return to the Edmonton Oilers dressing room.

For the past two years, the comfort level of those kids in that room was affected, both positively and negatively, by some dominant and veteran personalities. The youngsters were too often better seen than heard—quieted by tradition, circumstance and demographics—even as they assumed larger on-ice roles than some veterans.

But a chaotic summer of personnel change has wrought a serious culture shift and it takes all of a few minutes at this Oilers training camp to feel it. The atmosphere has lightened. The room will not belong to anyone or any faction the way it did to Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Shawn Horcoff and Sheldon Souray last year.

There is an opportunity, and more than that, a desire to have new voices heard, be they the respected, veteran opinions of Horcoff and Jason Strudwick or the younger takes of Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi.


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