Sticks, stones and due process: Bowers and Khabibulin

Robin Brownlee
August 08 2010 08:03PM

DENVER - NOVEMBER 08:  Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin #35 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 8, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche 5-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

If actions speak louder than words, how come Brent Bowers is out of a job as manager of the Edmonton Capitals and, as of today, Nikolai Khabibulin, who faces a charge of extreme DUI, is a member in good standing with the Edmonton Oilers?

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Souray: a marriage of convenience?

Robin Brownlee
August 05 2010 02:51PM

CALGARY, AB, CANADA - AUGUST 4: Steve Staios of the Calgary Flames puts on his jersey at the NHL Heritage Classic Press Conference at McMahon Stadium on August 4, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

My wife told me she plans to get a clown to show up at my son Sam's 4th birthday party next weekend and I immediately envisioned a player from the Calgary Flames showing up at my house in that hideous throwback jersey they just unveiled for the Heritage Classic.

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AT RANDOM: THE WAY I SEE IT (UPDATED)

Robin Brownlee
August 02 2010 06:28PM

I've long suspected Georges Laraque was too decent a person for his true calling in life to be a hockey tough guy, and with the news that he's been named deputy leader of the Green Party, apparently I had good reason to feel that way all these years.

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RALPH KRUEGER: NIGHTMARE ON 118TH AVENUE?

Robin Brownlee
July 30 2010 05:45PM

When the Edmonton Oilers announced this morning they'd hired Freddy Krueger as an associate coach, my first reaction -- aside from passing Cornflakes through my nostrils -- was "DubyaTeeEff?"

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Off the top of my head: what did I miss?

Robin Brownlee
July 26 2010 03:11PM

I got into the habit during my days covering the Edmonton Oilers beat of taking the middle of July off because it seemed nothing notable ever happened then. The draft is done. The top free agents are picked over. It is, essentially, the NHL's dog days.

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