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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.

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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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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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Katz Not Giving Up

added 8:24pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The offer, according to sources, is for $188-million and the difference this time around is, it appears to have a chance of succeeding. Katz’s previous offers for the team had fallen on deaf ears.

Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months.

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Rexall Founder and Chairman Daryl Katz has made a new offer to purchase the Edmonton Oilers and related assets. The terms of the offer, which were not publicly disclosed, are being delivered directly to the shareholders of the Edmonton Investors Group.

Mr. Katz’s offer was made at the encouragement of a number of significant EIG shareholders over the past six months. In particular, Mr. Katz called Cal Nichols, Founding Chairman of the Board of EIG this morning to outline the terms and conditions of the offer. Mr. Nichols said that it was an offer that he would enthusiastically support.

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Souray Back Tonight

From Sportsnet.ca,

Sheldon Souray will be back in the Edmonton Oilers lineup Tuesday night vs. the St. Louis Blues after missing 25 games with a separated left shoulder.

Souray injured himself on October 13 vs. the Canucks and has been out ever since.

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Lost Time

from the Edmonton Sun,

It’s been a long, awful stretch for Moreau, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since Oct. 21 of last year. He’s missed 105 games and counting after sitting out the final 75 games of last season with a shoulder injury.

The tough part is that he should have been back from this about six weeks ago, but doctors misdiagnosed the injury, which cost him a couple of weeks, then put him in a walking brace, rather than a cast, until early November, which cost him a few more.

“It shouldn’t have taken that long,” he said yesterday at a Dallas practice rink. “It’s not a complicated injury. I got hit, fractured my tibia. Unfortunately we didn’t find the break, so we wasted a little bit of time.

“That’s probably the hardest thing to deal with, just the wasted time.”

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Benching Didn’t Work

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

MacTavish said he didn’t make the moves to take Torres and Stoll out of the lineup to achieve some sort of ripple effect on the team.

“I didn’t give it too much thought when the game was starting,” was how he put it.

MacTavish made Torres a healthy scratch for his well documented inconsistencies. He said way back in training camp that Torres was going to be on a short leash this season. And he gave that leash a good strong tug by pulling him out of the lineup after playing 215 consecutive games.

Stoll was provided a seat in the press box to deliver the message that he’s had 30 games to come anywhere near his form prior to missing all those games at the end of last season with a concussion and hasn’t come close.

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