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Pat Quinn Upset With ‘Dirty’ Play Of Iginla

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

But really steaming Quinn’s bean was one particular play by Jarome Iginla. Early in the second period, the Flames captain had knocked out the feet of Sheldon Souray, then landed on top of the Oilers defenceman . . . all of which drove Souray’s face into the boards, cutting him and concussing him.

Later, Iginla did answer the bell — accepting the straight-up challenge from Ethan Moreau (and even letting the Oilers captain regain his feet after he’d fallen down).

Not near enough, according to Quinn.

Not even close.

“That’s not addressing it,” huffed Quinn. “In the era I come from, you’re supposed to do dirt with dirt. You don’t give him honour (by offering to fight him fair and square). Why would you give a man honour for that kind of a play? He honoured him with a fistfight.”

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added 10:57am, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

While his own coach is taking a long-term approach to re-shaping Jarome Iginla’s game, Edmonton Oilers head coach Pat Quinn is in favour of a much quicker makeover.

And he could care less about the way Iginla plays.

Iginla took out Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray’s feet as the two went into the corner, then landed hard on top of him.

The play was out of character for Iginla, but it was surely the dirty kind of move that — had Daniel Carcillo or Jordan Tootoo done it — would be routinely called “chicken-bleep” by those around the game.

“It was a freaky play — I definitely didn’t mean to do it,” he said.

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Watch Kings Ransom

In case you missed or were unable to watch Kings Ransom on ESPN, you can view it below.

Kings Ransom is the story of the 1988 trade that brought Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

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Wayne Gretzky- 30 For 30 On ESPN

from Peter Berg at ESPN,

My relationship with Wayne goes back to the 1990s when he invited me to play in his softball tournament in Brantford, Ontario. He wanted to get some actors in the game and I was a big hockey fan, having played it growing up in Chicago. I thought it would be a small game, but there were about 20,000 people there. First play of the game, I got a grounder at shortstop and threw out the runner and the crowd started booing me. Turns out it was Gordie Howe. I was humiliated. That began my personal relationship with Wayne.

continued and the video below is an expert of Kings Ransom which debuts on ESPN tonight at 8:00pm ET.

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Khabibulin’s Game Can Be Better

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Nikolai Khabibulin has had a stellar NHL career, but the new Edmonton Oilers goaltender concedes his work through training camp and the first league game has been spotty.

After an 18-save, 4-0 shutout in his first pre-season game against the Florida Panthers, he’s allowed 12 goals in his last 72 shots. It’s obviously early, and the alarm bells shouldn’t be going off, but he has to be better than that, for sure, if the Oilers want a playoff spot.

“There’s been some positives and some negatives ... right now it’s a little uneven,” said Khabibulin, who is one win shy of 300 for his career, which would put him in an exclusive club of only 24 NHL goaltenders.

“I haven’t played my best yet.”

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Oilers Put On A Great Pre-Game Show Last Night

I searched for this late last night after watching it live, then of course forgot about it until just know when a tweet from Erin Nicks reminded me about it again.

GGOWER has a brief write-up on the event too and I suggest you take some time and enjoy.

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Oilers Thinking At Least One Point, But…

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Quinn Ready For His NHL Return

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

Pat Quinn has just had a swishy salon haircut and pedicure – first-time ever for the latter.

Just sprucing up for his NHL coaching comeback.

“Show opens Saturday night,” he chuckles down the blower from Edmonton.

Back behind a big-league bench, where the 66-year-old belongs, after two seasons of quasi-idling. With the Oilers, a club that’s missed the playoffs the past three years, Quinn – despite the acquisition of netminder Nikolai Khabibulin and Mike Comrie – is the singularly bold-face cast addition.

“I won’t be coaching like I’m some kind of star,” he demurs. “If I start to believe that I’m coming in here on some kind of white horse – or worse, if the players think that – it will just make the job tougher.”

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Oilers Plan To Be Tougher To Play Against

from the CP via Sportsnet,

Dr. Quinn is in—just in time for the team everyone agrees needs a heart transplant.

The Edmonton Oilers and new head coach Pat Quinn open their NHL regular season Saturday against the Calgary Flames in what they hope will be a new beginning for a lurching franchise.

“We’re going to work hard, we’re going to be tougher to play against, and we’re going to be better because we’re going to have a better system,” said veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray.

Quinn, the longtime NHL coach hired this spring to replace the ousted Craig MacTavish, has brought in a system that focuses on puck pursuit, puck control, and skating, skating, skating.

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Tough Time To Break A Hand

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.

The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.

Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”

continued and watch the fight below…

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  Tags: gilbert+brule, jannik+hansen

Contracts May Save A Few Oilers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

  If it was as simple as the best guys win, Quinn hinted that some of last year’s players might not be this year’s players.

“I’m watching how they play, do they compete?,” he said. “I know some of them have skill, I watch them in the morning, but some guys are really morning glories. They can dance and do all the pretty stuff in the morning skate, but when the other team comes in and you drop the puck, it changes.”

In this day and age, however, cutting a veteran means moving a contract, and that takes place at the management level—coaches are almost bystanders in the selection process. As much as Quinn would like to believe his eyes and not his ears, his hands might be tied.

“The selection does involve management, they have the last call all the time,” he said, admitting “there’s not a solid agreement on the 14 forwards.”

Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot, coming off sub-par years, are on the limp while Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano and Robert Nilsson haven’t stood out like everyone had hoped, but there are reputations, upsides and contracts to consider.

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