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You know, you get up at 3:30am and expect things to be peaceful, yea right. Directv box won’t turn on, finally unplugged it and let is sit for 15 minutes, finally restarted. Comcast cable modem starts blinking and blinking and blinking, no connection.
Reset the modem, waited 15 minutes and as you can see, back online. The rest of the day better improve, quickly!
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
We have it on good authority that after years of shunning the idea of a mascot, the Edmonton Oilers are about to unveil one this week.
The smart money on the outfit, which is being made in Calgary, says it will be representative of the Oilers’ great hockey fans ... which is to say it will likely include a mullet, overalls, high-top runners and a handful of teeth.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
“Pittsburgh was smart to pick up Miro Satan because he’s a more complete player than Marian Hossa,” Adler says. “Hossa is a scorer, but so is Satan, except Satan knows even how to backcheck, AND he’ll know how to get Crosby into scoring positions and get the puck to him.
“Satan slowed down at the Island last season (just 16 goals in 80 games), but that doesn’t mean he he hasn’t got it any longer ... The Islanders stunk last season, that’s all.”
So two veteran hockey observers think Satan can do it. I’m not so sure, and I’ll get into that in a moment. It’s worth noting now, though, that Satan has defied negative expectations in the past.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.
The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….
With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go. Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.
from the Edmonton Journal,
“I just got the pads a couple of days ago ... different, eh?” said Garon, who looks more compact in darker colours after wearing pads that were heavily white.
Garon will wear the blue and orange on retro nights. For now, he’ll be breaking in new gear, and is glad that he has the equipment about 10 days before the Oilers’ season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.
“They asked me if I wanted a new mask, too. That’s coming. Totally different stuff on the mask. I don’t want to say what. I’ll have two masks, one for regular, one for the third jersey.”
more on the Oilers…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
MacTavish is giving his captain lots of rope in exhibitions, unlike kids who tend to hang themselves as they try to compete against the bigger boys.
“We have to give some guys a little bit of slack, Ethan in particular, because he hasn’t played a lot of hockey over the last two years,” said MacTavish.
“I’m giving him the latitude to work through his game. It’s been a long time between games. The intensity and the physical play are the last thing I think about with Ethan ... your game gets out of sync a little bit and sometimes you look in the wrong places, but he’ll be fine. It’s fine-tuning the systems and positional play with him.”
MacTavish is still auditioning Moreau with Pisani and Penner, as a quasi-scoring, big-bodychecking line, although Pisani, for all his defensive acumen, is still trying to get the hang of taking faceoffs.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The Oilers Dustin Penner has just a bit of Mahovlich in his game, but it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning….
Penner does have Mahovlich-like reach and range, something that 6-foot, 5-inch Petee, the Little M, employed to his great advantage for the Montreal Candiens as a penalty killer, and something we should see more of from Penner if he continues to kill penalties this year, as he has been doing in the preseason.
Big, mobile guys with long reaches, such as Big Pete, such as Penner, present huge obstacles on all parts of the ice for power play specialists, much more so than little guys like, say, Todd Marchant.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
So I’ll predict that this year (Erik) Cole get both kinds of luck, good and bad, and put him at 63 games and 55 points.
He will also hit, bleed, screen, bull, scrape, muck and grind enough to conjure up valid visions of Ryan Smyth.
And, as the season progresses, all of that will put Kevin Lowe in the same extremely difficult position as he was with Smyth: figuring just out how much to pay over how many years for a skilled, tough and admirable player, but one with a history of injury.
It will be a difficult, controversial decision and it’s one of the main story lines of the year
much more on the roll Cole will play this year…
from Joanne Irelend of the Edmonton Journal,
The role has changed. Dramatically.
But now that Dustin Penner has been moved on to the Edmonton Oilers’ checking line so, too, have the expectations.
“Normally, it would be a real step back for a guy who has played all those minutes on the first line and got first line power-play minutes,” head coach Craig MacTavish said.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
“Being around the game as long as I have, I know enough to know that we have a really good chance to do some great things this year,” MacTavish said….
“That’s why we’re all excited. Everybody is healthy, the young players have developed, we have lots of depth in virtually every position. We’re all very curious to see what we’ve got.”
In Erik Cole and Lubomir Visnovsky, the Oilers have brought in a couple of players capable of generating the same impact Peca and Pronger had.
more on the Oilers…
“For us, the question is, how’s the development going to go? Is it going to increase incrementally? Or are we going to suffer a setback at some point with these young guys? Based on the way we finished last year, you’d think we’re going to be right there. That’s certainly our objective this year, to win the division – and I think it’s a very realistic goal.”
-Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. More from the coach from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
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