May 26 2016 07:00AM
Time healing old wounds as it tends to, it was nice to see Bernie Nicholls working the room and shaking hands with other former members of the Edmonton Oilers at celebrations leading up to the team’s final game at Rexall Place in April. So, too, the polite applause Nicholls received from a capacity crowd when he was introduced with the other old Oilers.
May 24 2016 11:44AM
For me, the quality that separates real-deal winners from phonies and front-runners is resilience. Having the wherewithal, call it mental toughness if you like, to bounce back when things go sideways, when confidence wanes and performance dips.
May 21 2016 08:50AM
After four straight years out of the playoffs, the 1996-97 season not only marked a return to the post-season by the Edmonton Oilers, it provided fans moments that endure to this day. An impossible save by Curtis Joseph. Todd Marchant blazing around a stumbling Grant Ledyard. Oiler GM Glen Sather pumping his fist in the press box at Reunion Arena.
May 18 2016 07:00AM
When Phil Esposito and the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning stepped to the podium and made Czech defenceman Roman Hamrlik the first overall pick in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, they were looking for a cornerstone player they could build a franchise around. They were looking for greatness. What the Bolts got instead was very good.
May 17 2016 12:23PM
Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the hiring of Todd McLellan as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers last May 19. It was a day that sparked a lot of optimism in the wake of a coaching carousel that had included Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins and Todd Nelson.