TAMBELLINI ON A ROLL: FOSTER SIGNS ON

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2010 03:17PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini added a big body and a wicked shot to his defensive corps as the free agency season opened today, inking unrestricted free agent defenceman Kurtis Foster to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million.

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Leave the kids alone: say hello to my little friend

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2010 09:12AM

ST. PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 31:  Jody Shelley #45 of the San Jose Sharks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild square off to fight December 31, 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

"If you even think of harming one hair on Taylor Hall's precious head, I'm going to beat you until you look like Jeff Odgers. Then, I'm going to do a couple of your sissy buddies, too. Got it?"

With free agency upon us, high, very high, on the list of things to do for Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is to acquire a tough guy. For me, the sentiment above -- along with the fistic prowess to back it up -- is the mission statement for whoever fills that role.

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DEEP THOUGHTS XVIII: THE TIME COMES FOR EVERYONE

Robin Brownlee
June 29 2010 04:07PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings tries for the hip check on Patrick O'Sullivan #19 of the Edmonton Oilers in the first period during their NHL game at the Staples Center on February 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Everybody with a functioning brain stem, and even some hockey writers, have realized for awhile that Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau had to go. Today, he's gone, having been placed on waivers, according to TSN.

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QUALIFYING OFFERS: POULIOT AND POTULNY CUT LOOSE

Robin Brownlee
June 28 2010 03:39PM

Apr 11, 2010 - Anaheim, California, USA - Edmonton Oilers' center Marc Pouliot follows the puck after a failed shot by the Anaheim Ducks during the first period an NHL Hockey game at Honda Center.

The Edmonton Oilers have declined to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents Marc Pouliot and Ryan Potulny, meaning they'll be free to shop their services to other teams July 1.

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OilersNation: The way we do it

Robin Brownlee
June 27 2010 12:51PM

Robin Brownlee at the NHL Entry Draft in LA

Let me take off my Grumpy Old Man hat for one day and say this -- I'm more blogger than MSM hockey writer now, and I'm just fine with it after coming to that realization at the NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.

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