TOP 100 OILERS: JAROSLAV POUZAR (58)

Robin Brownlee
July 26 2016 07:00AM

Pouzar

When the Edmonton Oilers took a flyer on Jaroslav Pouzar in the fourth round of the 1982 Entry Draft, they were hoping his scoring exploits on the international stage with the Czech Republic would translate to finding a permanent left winger for the one-two punch of Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri. It never happened.

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THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER THING

Robin Brownlee
July 25 2016 02:19PM

Depth

Having too many able bodies for available jobs isn’t a bad problem to have. It’s called depth, and that’s something the Edmonton Oilers haven’t had nearly enough of – they still don’t on the blue line -- in recent seasons.

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NUMBER 4: YES OR NO?

Robin Brownlee
July 21 2016 11:42AM

If there’s been a more polarizing figure with the passionate fan base of the Edmonton Oilers over the past 10 years than Kevin Lowe, I can’t think of who it might be.

It follows, then, that discussion about whether the team should retire Lowe’s jersey No. 4 and hang it with the franchise’s other retired player numbers – 99, 11, 7, 9, 17, 31 and 3 -- draws either “hell no” or “hell yes” responses with little middle ground.

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AT RANDOM: HOME COOKING

Robin Brownlee
July 20 2016 09:01AM

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No matter where you stood on the issue of building a downtown arena back when the Edmonton Oilers, owner Daryl Katz and city council spent what seemed like forever debating what would be built and who would pay for what, you’ve got to admit what we’ve seen take shape since then is damn sure impressive.

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TOP 100 OILERS: TOMMY SALO (59)

Robin Brownlee
July 19 2016 10:44AM

The two enduring images I have of Tommy Salo are as unflattering as can be. The first, pre-dating his six seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, is Salo taking an absolute butt-kicking while a member of the New York Islanders from Dan Cloutier. The second is the goal Salo allowed from a $5 cab ride away against Belarus while playing for Sweden in the 2002 Olympics.

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