SAM: CRICKETS FOR THE CRITICS

Robin Brownlee
February 07 2013 07:54PM

If Sam Gagner scored 40 points for the Edmonton Oilers this season, and he might despite playing just a 48-game schedule, somebody would be sure to sniff: "See, Sam still hasn’t even managed 50 points in an NHL season. He's not that good."

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FOOTHOLD IN THE BLUE PAINT

Robin Brownlee
February 04 2013 06:01PM

After almost 27 years on the planet, much of it spent blocking frozen rubber in the goal crease, Devan Dubnyk has arrived at the place he's longed to be – the clear-cut No. 1 goaltender with a NHL team, namely the Edmonton Oilers. I suspect he intends to stay awhile.

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LONG TIME COMING

Robin Brownlee
January 26 2013 10:21AM

"You suck worse than we do!" That loser's rallying cry is what the Battle of Alberta has, essentially, degenerated to for fans of the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames for way too many seasons now.

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JEFF PETRY: WORTH THE WAIT

Robin Brownlee
January 21 2013 06:37PM

Patience, the saying goes, is a virtue in the development of NHL defensemen. Rush, and you can ruin them. We've seen it happen. Resist the rush, ease them along the learning curve and, if the kid has the game and the gumption, you get rewarded. What you get, if you're lucky, is Jeff Petry.

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TRANSITION: THE LETTERMEN

Robin Brownlee
January 15 2013 02:03PM

The transition we've seen over the past couple of seasons on the ice with the Edmonton Oilers was manifested in the dressing room today as Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger named his captains and assistants.

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