Jason Gregor
September 17 2011 11:12AM

After telling us he wouldn`t be involved in any contact drills for at least a week, maybe two, Hemsky was on the ice this morning as expected, but he didn`t sit out any of the one-on-one drills or brief scrimmage. I caught up with him for an explanation.

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Jason Gregor
September 17 2011 10:44AM

The Oilers were on the ice bright and early this morning with Group A taking the first tour of Rexall at 8:15 a.m. There will be no scrimmages today based on the first session. (I will update every few minutes, so check back for updates.)

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Jason Gregor
September 16 2011 12:50PM

A bead of sweat trickled down the side of Shawn Horcoff's face as he addressed the media for the first time in the 2011/2012 season. He had just wrapped up his medical, but I couldn't help but wonder if that bead of sweat also represented how he felt about his team.

Entering his second season as captain, Horcoff has to be feeling some pressure to ensure his team improves on their 30th place finish. He won't have to carry the leadership role alone this year with the addition of Ryan Smyth, Eric Belanger, Andy Sutton and Ben Eager, but as captain he is still the first guy to face the music and there will be more pressure and expectations this season.

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Jason Gregor
September 15 2011 11:18AM

This is the type of promotional video the Oilers should have. That is former NHLer Pasi Nurminen, who once fought Ty Conklin, driving the Zamponi.  I love that they call it a Zamponi. 

My Finnish buddy and NHL correspondent for Helsingin Sanomat, Jouni Niemimen, translated what Pasi was yelling. "THAT (The Zamboni) BARELY MOVED! DO I HAVE TO DO THIS MYSELF TOO?!" 

Gold, Jerry, Gold.

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Jason Gregor
September 14 2011 04:24PM

The Oilers and Flames will wrap up their young stars tournament tonight, and for the second straight year the Oilers won't be playing their first overall pick against the Flames. Last year, Hall didn't face Flames and tonight Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will sit in the stands, and many people who cover the Flames think it's a "cheap" move.

The Oilers choose when Nugent-Hopkins plays, but I don't think it is  coincidence that the first overall pick won't be facing the Flames. It's just a small little dig at their provincial rivals.

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