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Oilers Not Showing Up

from the Edmonton Journal,

Hard to watch. Easy to play.

Those aren’t the kind of calling cards any team wants attached to its logo, but they couldn’t describe the Oilers fruitless state of flux more perfectly.

Stuck between the team they want to be—a highly-skilled, high-offence attack—and the team they used to be—a band of relentless blue-collar mongrels who were short on talent and long on tenacity—the Oilers don’t do anything particularly well right now.

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Staios Drawing interest

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Oilers GM Kevin Lowe has already come out and said he won’t be trading any of his “good players.” An admirable concept, to be sure, but if teams offer him a “better” player for one of his “good” players, Lowe would be a fool not to listen.

And it seems there is interest in at least one of his veterans. As one Western Conference GM (who spoke on condition of anonymity) told thehockeynews.com Tuesday, Edmonton blueliner Steve Staios might be an attractive alternative to a team that loses out on the upcoming Brian Campbell trade deadline sweepstakes.

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A Testament To The Human Spirit

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is rock bottom and then there is the cold knowledge of what rock bottom will look like. It was 13 years ago that Richard Souray, father of soon-to-be NHLer Sheldon Souray, decided to choose sharing his son’s life over life with the bottle.

“I knew that Sheldon was going to be drafted. And I knew that I would at least be around the periphery of it,” Souray told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “And I also knew he didn’t need a drunken dad around.”

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No Sale In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Journal,

MacTavish dubbed Tuesday night’s fiasco “a humbling, humbling effort,” which was an accurate, but not quite adequate descriptor for the dreadful occasion.

And, with the Oilers seven points out of a playoff spot and the Feb. 26 trade deadline just 27 days away, don’t expect GM Kevin Lowe to go all Plan B on the faithful and jeopardize the future. But that sort of resolve will be tested by games like this one.

“I like our team overall, and we’re not trading any of our good players,” Lowe had said, earlier Tuesday. “I’m not going to do a deal for next year.

“If there’s something that can help us for this year, I’m not going to mortgage any of the young guys or any of that stuff.”

more on the Oilers…

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In the Alberta Deep Freeze

From the Canadian Press,

NHL star Joe Thornton is walking through the freezer that is Alberta without a winter coat.

The San Jose Sharks centre, in Edmonton for an NHL game on Tuesday night, had on gloves and a toque but wore only a sports jacket when he and his teammates went to Rexall Place for the morning skate.

“He was telling everybody that he threw away his winter clothes when he moved to California,” said team media relations manager Tom Holy.

continued… and take note: factoring in wind chill it’s running about -44 (celsius) in Calgary and -51 in Edmonton. 

I really do not miss living in the prairies…  smile

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  Tags: dustin+boyd, jarome+iginla, joe+thornton

Sign Or Trade Pitkanen

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In today’s escalating salary wars, Pitkanen could be a $5-million defenceman. “We really haven’t started into negotiations,” said his agent Larry Kelly, who says he’s been a moving target, tough to track down with other things going on.

Does Lowe want to go to $5 million for another defenceman? He’s already paying Souray a cap hit of $5.4 million, but he was an unrestricted free-agent and price was of little concern to get him last summer. Lowe’s going to have to bump up Gilbert a good deal.

If he gives Pitkanen $5 million, then that’s considerably more than his best three best forwards Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner.

If you were Lowe would you be talking to Rutherford about, say, winger Erik Cole and a prospect? Would you be calling Dean Lombardi in L.A. and inquiring about Alex Frolov or Mike Cammalleri, if he gets back from his bruised ribs?

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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.

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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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