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from the Edmonton Sun,
The Oilers had been searching for a puck-moving defenceman almost from the moment Chris Pronger left town.
They found one in Joni Pitkanen, but skeptics saw his glaring minus-25 last season in Philly and wondered if he’d be moving the puck out of his own net as often as he moved it out of the zone.
“We lost a lot of games last year,” said Pitkanen. “The year before I was plus-25 (22, actually, and plus-15 the season before that). It’s almost like if you win a lot of games, absolutely you get a lot of pluses. When you lose a lot of games you get minuses.
“I played last year the most ice time on the team ... they’re (minuses) coming if you lose.
“It’s a new season, I know what I can do.”
from the blog of Gene Principe at Sportsnet,
You know there are so many ways to get yourself to an NHL camp. You might have been drafted by the team… or traded to them… maybe you signed a contract as a restricted or unrestricted free agent. Adam Huxley was none of the above. He is at Edmonton Oilers camp because he sent them a letter.
Yes a letter… a good old-fashioned pen to paper - or at least fingers to computer way of expressing his wish to go to Oilers camp. He sent it to Kevin Prendergast, the Oilers VP of player personnel, and Prendergast answered the letter with an invite.
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
One man’s competitiveness might be another’s mediocrity, but it makes things intriguing in the Northwest Division, where most teams start the season with as good a chance of finishing first as missing the playoffs entirely.
Not much actually separates the top from the bottom in this cutthroat division, where the best two teams last season were playoff outsiders the year before and the last-place club was a Stanley Cup Finalist only months before. Things can and do change quickly in the Northwest, even in the middle of the season as the Colorado Avalanche proved last year when they were given up for dead around the All-Star break.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Who’s going to wear the Edmonton Oilers’ “C” now that Jason Smith is wearing orange and black with the Philadelphia Flyers?
“Do you want to be captain?” Ethan Moreau is asked.
“Love to do it and I think I’d do a good job at it,” said Moreau.
“Do you want to be captain?” Steve Staios is asked.
“Sure, yeah, I do,” said Staios.
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the Oilers lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Pisani is currently undergoing treatment.
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe had the following comment. “We are very concerned about Fernando’s medical condition and we wish him nothing but a full and healthy recovery. Hockey will be secondary until he gets the care and treatment required. As a result, the Oilers will move into our training camp and pre-season and not have Fernando available for our lineup. I know the Edmonton Investors Group and all Oilers fans hope to see him recover quickly and be an active player with our team as soon as possible.”
Pisani commented on the situation, and said “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this difficult time, especially my wife and family. I appreciate all the wonderful words of encouragement I have received, including messages from my teammates. I look forward to returning to the Oilers.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The Oilers finished with just 71 points last season, so I figure they’ll be better than that in the coming season. But, to get back to the playoffs, all of Lowe’s many moves will have to pay off immediately. I think that’s too much to ask. It will probably be a better season, but it looks like another early summer in Edmonton.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Officially, it’s the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 24 on Hockey Night in Canada.
But really it’s Tickets for Troops night, a first for the National Hockey League. The Oilers hope the entire building will be full of what they call their “hometown heroes.”
The Oilers hope to fill Rexall Place with armed forces personnel and their families stationed at CFB Edmonton by asking their season ticket customers to turn back their ducats for that game, in appreciation of the soldiers’ efforts.
Over the past week, SportsCentre filed look-ahead reports for Canada’s six NHL teams, getting you primed for the start of training camp. Now follow it up with TSN.ca’s Canadian six-pack, an online synopsis with all the reports on where your favourite Canadian team is headed this season.
read on for reports on all the Canadian teams in the NHL…
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.
Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!
update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Because along with the five-year, 21.25-million US contract, there are lofty expectations—something Dustin Penner is acutely aware of.
“Money changes expectations—yours and those put on you by other people,” Penner said on Thursday, before signing another round of autographs for the keen youngsters at the Oilers hockey school in St. Albert.
Penner and Geoff Sanderson, two of the club’s off-season additions, rolled into town, slipped into their new jerseys, toured the classes, then addressed the media. Both will return in a few weeks for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for me,” said Sanderson, the 35-year-old veteran who will wear No. 8 when he begins his 17th season with his eighth NHL team.
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