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Khabibulin Not So Great

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Before he went out with a back injury last year, Khabibulin played so well that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini deemed his play to be MVP-calibre for the team, an overstatement perhaps. Nonetheless, Khabibulin certainly looked strong last year and put up decent enough numbers.

This year? Khabibulin started out well and his positioning has been as good as ever, but he and the team have been leaking goals against on the penalty kill. Not all of these goals against, or even many of them, have been Khabibulin’s fault, but he hasn’t always looked sharp. Especially troubling has been his propensity to be beaten on low shots through his legs. He’s not looking elastic enough to get down quickly, to cover off the bottom of the net, and to make those saves. Perhaps that will come, but there’s almost a year of rust on him, and one wonders if it’s just been painted over or truly repaired. 

The 2010-11 numbers don’t look good on him.

So far, Khabibulin has faced 231 shots and let in 23 goals, for a .900 save percentage.

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Jeer The Cheerleaders?

from Jana G. Pruden of the Edmonton Journal,

For hockey fans, it’s either the “the most hideous idea that has come to hockey yet” or a reason to “praise the hockey gods.”

News of an Edmonton Oilers cheerleading team has generated debate around the province, with fans weighing in on whether the team will be a welcome addition to games or an annoying distraction to the action on the ice.

An online petition and Facebook page have been created in opposition to the cheerleading team, which was announced Thursday by the Oilers. The team will perform around Rexall Place before games and during breaks in game play, as well as make community appearances.

Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge has said the team will be a source of entertainment for all fans, and will add “a little extra spice and sparkle” to games.

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Taylor Hall Showtime

Taylor Hall was all over the ice in the 2nd and 3rd period last night.

Pretty impressive show, now all he has to do is convert.

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News from the Farm: 10/21/10

If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.

If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.

In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).

We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.

Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).

Without further delay, News from the Farm:

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Helping Out Pocklington

from Darcy Henton of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz put up Peter Pocklington’s $1-million bail at the request of former Oilers President Glen Sather, according to the authors of an authorized biography of Pocklington.

Katz, who purchased the Oilers in 2008, put up the bail out of his friendship for Sather, the current president of the New York Rangers, according to Terry McConnell, one of the authors of I’d Trade Him Again.

Court documents had initially listed Sather as the person responsible for putting down the deposit, but he subsequently requested assistance from Katz, who could provide the security more quickly, said McConnell.

“He did it as a favour to Glen Sather,” said McConnell. “Sather called him saying ‘I need some help with this.’ Katz got it done in a day.”

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No Plan To Send Taylor Hall To Juniors

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Four games ago, the Edmonton Oilers’ first-round draft pick was the wunderkind who could do no wrong.

In his NHL regular-season debut, he was creating chances, fuelling hope. Now there are suggestions from the a segment of fans that the 18-year-old may be better served returning to junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires for another season.

That’s not likely to happen, said Oilers head coach Tom Renney, who figured Hall played his best game on Saturday against the Flames in Calgary.

“He’s going to be here all year unless somebody tells me otherwise,” said Renney. “That’s a conversation you’d have down the road if, in fact, there was something that seems consistent in his game that really prevents him from moving forward. I’m not there.

“I think he’ll just get better (and) that’s an assimilation we’re prepared to work with. And not just with him but others in our lineup in a year where we think we can afford to do that and, quite honestly, we need to.”

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Tom Gilbert Fined For Hit On Stajan

via Joanne Ireland tweet,

Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert has been fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) for the hit he laid on the Flames Matt Stajan.

I tried to find video of the hit when it happened and again right now, nothing.  If you have a link, please post it.

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Dustin Penner Scores Off The Face Of Ian White

Sorry for the bad quality of the video, but it is the only one I could find and it is time to hit the bed.

Watch it below and I will update the video tomorrow morning.

added 8:41am on 10/17/10, video has been updated.

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Once Hot, the Lightning/Panthers “Rivalry” Needs a Serious Spark

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning share a home state, divisional alignment and the perks of leaving their home rinks to 80 degree-plus temperatures on the regular.

Their tenure as National Hockey League member franchises is nearly identical as well, with Tampa entering the league for the 1992-93 season and Florida one year later.

But you won’t find much evidence of a rivalry when speaking to current players from these clubs and, from members of the organizations of years gone by, what once sounded like legitimate hostilities have either fizzled into forced assertions or a longing for the good ol’ days.

It can’t hold a candle to the long-standing, emotionally charged levels of Calgary/Edmonton, Boston/Montreal or Colorado/Detroit.

It’s not likely to ever split households, a la Islanders/Rangers or Canadiens/Maple Leafs.

And, though both teams have had their share of supreme talents over the years, the odds of a superstar-driven rivalry, as in Ovechkin-Crosby/Capitals-Penguins, between the Lightning and Panthers are poor.

But there has to be something there still, right?

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Move Souray

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

I’m not picking a side here. Clearly, the Oilers needed a full-scale cleanout after last season’s disaster. Tambellini made some very difficult decisions, including firing a coach who was a long-time friend and mentor. It looks like Edmonton will be better off because of those choices.

Here’s the thing I’ve learned about Souray, though: He’s pretty popular among his peers. Obviously, he’s not as beloved in Edmonton, but that doesn’t affect his relationships elsewhere. And that should be important to the Oilers.

The team’s fans don’t need reminders about how difficult it’s been to attract players to the NHL’s northernmost outpost. But there were other issues besides the obvious. For example, it was well-known around the league no team was more difficult to deal with when it came to getting new sticks or skates for the players. (That’s one of the main reasons the equipment staff was changed.)

When you’re battling to change your image, there can’t be any loose ends. And that’s why Tambellini should end this dance.

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