Jason Gregor of the Team 1260 and Oilers Nation and ex-Oiler Jason Strudwick have a fantastic relationship. I say fantastic because Jason Strudwick is one funny man, and Oilers fans often get to enjoy his laugh and tales on the Jason Gregor show on Friday afternoons, and randomly as Strudwick’s schedule permits.
This off season, Strudwick did not sign another contract with the Oilers or any other hockey team, just yet. The biggest reason why is parenthood. After years of struggles with infertility and waiting on adoption lists and because of Gregor’s relationship, Gregor has penned an excellent piece on where the Strudwicks have come from and where they are now. Currently, the couple are discussing a season in Europe, but in the meantime, Strudwick is enjoying his new family and this wonderful opportunity he has to spend with them. The Strudwicks’ story is an excellent read for anyone who has children, is considering them or is struggling with fertility issues.
We’ve craved the family unit for so long and now to finally have it seems surreal
Oilers beat Flames 3-0
The Edmonton Oilers came up victorious in a home and home series with the Calgary Flames this weekend, much to the delight of Oilers fans. When was the last time anyone was able to say that? Sure it’s just pre-season and these games don’t count, but following injury updates that were far from positive and new injury news for Sam Gagner, many fans will take pleasure where they can get it.
Oilers Beat Flames 2-1
The battle of Alberta, pre-season style kicked off a back to back game weekend Saturday night in Edmonton. The Oilers were both winners and losers however, beating the Flames on the scoreboard, but losing yet another player to injury.
In a pre-season that has been filled with far more injuries than any Oilers fan would like to see thanks to concussions to both Colten Teubert and Ben Eager Oilers fans need to acknowledge another injury that has been far too long healing. It is not only Oilers’ fans and likely coaching staff that would have liked to have seen Ryan Whitney back to 100% following the defenceman’s December 28, 2010 injury and subsequent surgery, but also Ryan Whitney himself.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has written another piece on the slow recovery time Whitney is seeing, and the unhappiness that Whitney is now feeling
“I was planning all summer to be ready for camp. The foot is improving but it is taking longer than I thought it would. It is frustrating. I know it’ll get there (ability to play without discomfort), but when? Nobody can give me an answer, and it’s not the trainers (responsibility). Nobody can do that,” he said.
Oilers fall to Canucks 2-1
This wasn’t the game that Oilers fans were expecting. As the day progressed, excitement built. This was the first televised game of the 2011 pre-season, and on TSN no less. The Oilers’ roster was announced and there were very few surprises. Once the Canucks roster was announced, people clamored to look up NHL rules; don’t teams have to dress a certain number of veterans?
There are many safety devices in our modern age that can feel a little inconvenient at times. In fact, I know a few professional drivers who refuse to wear seatbelts. Yes, in 2011. They have had multiple tickets, but that doesn’t faze them.
When helmets came to be a rule in the NHL there was some hesitation and some that weren’t on board with the idea but eventually everyone had to adapt. There have been other safety measures that have been brought in, but for some reason, visors have yet to be made mandatory.
The Edmonton Oilers kicked off pre-season with split squad games in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild and in Saskatoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. Both games were streamed online, but both games had technical difficulties, even after the games were over. As fantastic as technology is, it’s funny how it still disappoints. At this time an archived version of the games is not available.
Ben Eager was expected to play tonight in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild, but plans have changed. According to 630 ched’s Dan Tencer, Eager is out with injury. “Ben Eager was originally supposed to play against Minnesota tonight. He’s been removed due to injury. Renney wouldn’t elaborate past that,” tweets Tencer.
The Oilers have not mentioned anything further concerning Eager’s injury, but Eager was hit into the boards at Sunday’s Joey Moss cup it what was really the game’s only hit by Russian defenceman Kirill Tulupov. Tulupov was not signed by his 2006 draft team, the New Jersey Devils, and is hoping to crack the Oilers’ roster. It is not a certainty that Eager sustained his injury from this hit, but it is of course the first thing that comes to mind.
Eager signed a 3 year, $3.3 million contact with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1st this summer, and was brought in to help add size, experience and strenth to the Oilers’ lineup. Hopefully this is a minor discomfort and Eager will be back in the lineup before the regular season starts.
The Edmonton Oilers open their pre-season, officially, with two split squad games tonight. Both games start at 7pm MST but one is in Edmonton against the Minnesota Wild and the other in Saskatoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. The people of Saskatoon are in for a real treat, two of the biggest draws for the Edmonton Oilers will be starting their seasons in the SK and not Rexall Place.
The Edmonton Oilers are faced with new challenges this year, as well as returning old ones. The old challenges include goaltending and defence while the new challenges include who will play centre when it looks like the Oilers are well stocked.
About Oil Patch
Lisa McRitchie is a fairly new writer, online at least, but makes up for inexperience with passion for the game of hockey and memories of Mrs. Leskiw’s English AP class; who knew they would pay off one day.
Oil Patch focuses on the Edmonton Oilers, the Edmonton Oil Kings, The Oklahoma City Barons and Team Canada Hockey with game coverage, news updates, speculation and interviews.
Although the Oilers have had a difficult past decade… or three, here at Oil Patch, the future looks bright.
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