BLUE LINE FINDS

Robin Brownlee
June 10 2016 03:59PM

ChiarelliPhone

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers have been talking about the need to acquire a bonafide top-pairing defenseman for months, for years actually, and debating who GM Peter Chiarelli should be setting his sights on this off-season.

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TOP 100 OILERS: SHELDON SOURAY (63)

Robin Brownlee
June 08 2016 11:04AM

Souray

Sheldon Souray’s time as a member of the Edmonton Oilers should have been a hockey match made in heaven. Souray, an UFA coming off a career 64-point season with the Montreal Canadiens, was an Elk Point boy who had grown up cheering for the Oilers. The five-year deal worth $27 million he inked in July 2007 with Edmonton was his chance to come home to play.

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RE-LIVE THE EDMONTON OILERS 1997-98 SEASON

Robin Brownlee
June 07 2016 07:00AM

As quickly as the Edmonton Oilers had raised the expectations of fans with a return to the playoffs and a first-round upset of the highly favoured Dallas Stars in the spring of 1997, they stuck a pin in that balloon at the start of the 1997-98 season by getting off to a 5-10-5 start in their first 20 games.

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TOP 100 OILERS: DUSTIN PENNER (64)

Robin Brownlee
June 03 2016 07:00AM

DustinPenner

As a charter member of the More-Try-Than-Talent Fraternity during an athletic career that never got me within a $20 cab ride of a pro gig before I took the easy way out and started writing about sports rather than playing them for a living, I brought that bias to the writing game.

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TOP 100 OILERS: BERNIE NICHOLLS (65)

Robin Brownlee
May 26 2016 07:00AM

BernieNicholls

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.

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