QUICK HITS

Jason Gregor
June 21 2011 09:20PM

The rumour mill has kicked into high gear and the Oilers are front and centre in many of them. Players from Sheldon Souray, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and either of their first rounders have been thrown around, but right now it seems more fiction than fact.

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RYAN SMYTH BACK IN EDMONTON?

Jason Gregor
June 20 2011 02:35PM

Bob McKenzie just put an interesting twist in draft week regarding the Edmonton Oilers. Today McKenzie wrote that Ryan Smyth would like to return to Edmonton. Read HERE.

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DRAFTING NOT ONLY WAY TO WIN

Jason Gregor
June 17 2011 11:45AM

In a week Steve Tambellini will walk up to the microphone and announce Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Oiler fans will rejoice with the notion they finally have a true number one centre on their team, and you'll wait patiently for him to showcase his talents in the near future. Nugent-Hopkins combined with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will have many of you believing the Oil is finally on the road to credibility.

You are probably right, however, in the past four years Stu MacGregor and his scouts have deservingly earned your praise, but after Friday, it will be up to Steve Tambellini to build this team into a contender.

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TRADE HEMSKY???

Jason Gregor
June 15 2011 10:47AM

With the draft less than ten days away, thankfully we are starting to hear, read and see some trade rumours. Two weeks ago Scott Howson was very upfront to numerous media outlets, including Oilers Lunch on the TEAM 1260, that he was looking to move the 8th overall pick to get a veteran player that could help his team. Media and fans don't need much to toss a few logs into the rumour mill to get it heated up, but Howson's words were like gasoline and the mill became an instant inferno.

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HOLD THE PHONE

Jason Gregor
June 09 2011 12:38PM

After the GMs meetings yesterday a few stories popped up that Steve Tambellini was open to trading the first overall pick. I don't see any REALISTIC scenario that would see him moving that pick, but here is what he said yesterday.

"I've had a few calls (from) people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team. For me to move the No. 1 pick it would have to be obviously something exceptional. Because this is a huge building block again for us.

"These couple years here are exactly the time that we have to put pieces in place that are going to be part of the Oilers success for a long time. It would have to be something quite sweet."

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