September 22 2014 01:34PM
The Oilers took their CBA-mandated one day off a week today, and they will be back on the ice tomorrow in Leduc. The players will get to enjoy Dallas Eakins' on-ice beep test. "It's brutal," said a few players last week, but this year the test will be done at the end of practice not at the start, so the players are happy about that at least.
September 21 2014 08:58PM
The Oilers defeated the Flames 3-1 at Rexall, but lost 1-0 in Calgary. Here is a quick recap of the game in Edmonton.
September 21 2014 11:02AM
For the past two seasons the Battle of Alberta has been the Battle of Basement, with the Oilers narrowly bettering the Flames in 2013, and Calgary finishing ahead last year. It feels like forever since these franchises have been simultaneously competitive, but despite their lack of on-ice success fans in both cities still despise their provincial rival.
Even though tonight's rosters will feature many players who will never suit up regularly for the Flames or Oilers, fans in both markets will be passionately rooting for the logo.
Until a Stanley Cup run is realistic, or even the playoffs for that matter, the BOA is the series you expect the Oilers to win.
September 19 2014 02:35PM
The Oilers were on the ice this morning, and it was the first time seeing Nail Yakupov wearing #10. It was only in a practice jersey, but it is funny how many people had to look at their sheet to see who was #10 and who was #64. Vladimir Tkachev was wearing Yakupov's old number and looked much smaller, although he isn't afraid to go in traffic.
Here are some quick highlights from today.
September 19 2014 09:00AM
Craig Ramsay has been involved with the NHL for the past 44 years as a player, coach, director of player personal and assistant general manager. This will be his 21st season as a coach, and he brings a wealth of experience to an Oilers team that doesn't have much of it on the ice.
The Oilers opened training camp for the 35th time this morning with the veterans taking medicals. They will be on the ice tomorrow and Saturday before playing two preseason games on Sunday vs. the Flames.
What will Ramsay add to the coaching staff? He and I discussed his philosophies on defence, powerplay and most importantly, for him, the need for his players to trust him.