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from Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal,
From my time with the Oilers in Edmonton dating back to the early 90’s, one of the relationships I have been able to foster is with Kevin Prendergast. He’s an extremely intelligent hockey man who is the top scout and decision maker for talent, young and old, that the Oilers might be interested in. Prendergast and I talk usually when he takes in a Habs game. He doesn’t take in many. Every two or three months, he watches one contest and then moves on to the next city whether it be Ottawa or Albany….
I mention all of this because Prendergast has spent the last three games watching the Habs home stand.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Fourth in the league in fights and second in goals scored, these guys are getting fun to watch.
“Right from Day 1, it was something everybody in the room was aware of, that we needed to change our philosophy, especially at home,” said captain Ethan Moreau.
“And we did that. Nobody really had to re-invent themselves, it was just a few subtle changes, adding a few physical guys, and it carried through the team.”
Combine that with a coach who favours attacking rather than defending and they’ve already delivered six months’ worth of wow in October alone.
“I was trying to set small goals first, I wasn’t expecting to see my name up with the league-leaders. That would have to be the best game of my career, certainly statistically. The stars lined up for me and my linemates tonight.
“It feels really good. I don’t know the last time I was on a team that bounced back from down as much as we were. That’s one of the games where you know the true meaning of momentum.”
-Dustin Penner of the Edmonton Oilers after a 5 point night (2g, 3a). More on the game from the CP at the Globe and Mail.
Kyle Wellwood with a goal? Nope, final horn beat him last night.
Various U.S. publications and social media are reporting that Souray’s ex Anjelica Bridges, “the Cougar of the Year,” is alleging that Souray tricked her out of millions and now is allegedly “threatening” to keep their children in Canada against her will.
read all about it from David Staples at The Cult Of Hockey.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
There was a time when it was uncertain whether Gilbert Brule would be able to find a place on the Edmonton Oilers roster.
Now seven games into the regular season, there’s little doubt the local product is here to stay….
Now Brule is showing off the offensive ability that made him the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The two goals last night give him seven points on the season.
“I think each game I’m feeling more confident and comfortable out there, no matter who I’m playing with,” Brule said. “I think I just have to play my game and be more responsible in my own end of the ice.
“I think the coaches are putting a lot of trust in me and I’m playing a lot. That’s what I need, I thrive off that and I just want to get going, get in the game and that’s what helps me.”
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Burke seems be doing exactly what Kevin Lowe did, trying to win now at the expense of the future. Now, it should be noted, the year that Lowe gave up his first round pick to Anaheim in compensation for his signing of Dustin Penner, the move didn’t kill the Oilers. That Oilers squad went on a year-end winning streak in March 2008 and managed to avoid being one of the bottom six or seven teams in the league.
Will this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs save Burke’s bacon in a similar way?
Me, I’m already taking some delight in each Leafs loss. Nothing (too much) against Toronto, but it would be sweet to see Burke pay big time for his impatience. By making a bold move to pull the Leafs up out of the sewer, he might well have made a super stinker of a move. That’s certainly how I see it.
I take a lot of shots at Burke on this blog. He’s a big target, a big mouth and an Edmonton basher. That said, I’ve always respect him as a hockey man, as smart manager. Until now, that is . . .
added 9:15am, from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
If the Leaf GM wants to be bold, he could clear up in the neighbourhood of $8 million (all figures U.S.) in cap space by sending goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake to the minors and eating their contracts. Neither player is making a positive contribution to the Leafs or seems likely to.
Toskala is in the final year of his $4 million per season deal, and theoretically another team (Calgary as a backup to former Sharks teammate Miikka Kiprusoff?) might want him as a backup at half the price after recall waivers.
from David Staples Of The Cult of Hockey,
The plan is simple: Dustin Penner in the face of Miikka Kiprusoff. Ryan Stone in the the grill of Roberto Luongo. JF Jacques nose to nose with Niklas Backstrom. Zack Stortini right on top of JS Giguere.
The designated goal-crasher will be charged with screening the goalie, distracting the opposition, tipping shots and pounding in rebounds. In this way, the Oilers are looking to score several dozen more “greasy” goals this year, and win a few more games.
It’s not old-time. run-and-gun Oilers hockey, but it’s a sound strategy.
In fact, it’s the same strategy that is used by the Detroit Red Wings, a team known for its finesse, but a team defined by its fierce net-crashing. In Detroit, this isn’t just done by tough Tomas Holmstrom and tough and huge Johan Franzen, but also by smaller players, such as Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg.
Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.
“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
The money goes to the NHL Foundation.
Quinn’s comments concerned an incident between the Oilers’ Sheldon Souray and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, told sportsnet.ca that the league is looking into the comments.
“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”
Scott Hartnell had a 15-minute conference call with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Disciplone, on Friday morning….
The Flyers winger denied the incident.
“We’re all pretty honest players,” said Hartnell, who was back on the ice Friday morning practicing with the Flyers. “You don’t want to be eye gouging … we’re not savages. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a savage. I just play the game hard.”
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