A NEW WRITER

Jason Gregor
November 07 2011 01:05PM

After a brisk practice in Phoenix yesterday, the Oilers flew to Montreal for their third stop on this six-game road trip. Even though the Habs are currently in 12th spot, tomorrow night's tilt will be tough according to the Nation's newest contributor. 

That's right, the Nation has added a new writer. Wanye spent so much time negotiating with him that he was too tired to write an introduction piece so I have to do it.

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SURPRISES KEEP COMING

Jason Gregor
November 04 2011 11:58AM

The advice in the proverb "Never look a gift horse in the mouth", is that when given a present, be grateful for your good fortune and don't look for more by examining it to assess its value.

Right now how many of you are wondering WTH is happening with your Oilers? A better question is how many of you aren't in total shock?

Answer: ZERO

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GDB 12.0: RENNEY'S PLAN

Jason Gregor
November 03 2011 01:20PM

 

Last year when Tom Renney spoke about his team the word he used the most was the "Process." We were never exactly sure where the process would take the Oilers, and what it entailed, but when I spoke to Renney about their six-game road trip that starts tonight in LA, he revealed one specific element of the process.

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OMARK GOING TO OKC

Jason Gregor
November 01 2011 06:09PM

Linus Omark has been sent down to OKC. He does have an out-clause in his contract to go to Sweden, but he will report to the AHL. It is a smart move on his part. He wants to play in the NHL, and staying in North America makes the most sense for him.

He doesn't have to clear waivers, so if he plays well the Oilers can recall him without worrying about losing him on re-entry waivers. He needs to play and he is better off playing in the AHL than eating popcorn in an NHL pressbox.

The Oilers will also recall Colten Teubert with Cam Barker still questionable. Tom Renney said today he wasn't sure when they would call up Teubert, but it sounds like he will join them sooner than later.

Smart move by the Oilers and Omark to go to OKC. He'll get lots of icetime under Todd Nelson and if he can find some consistency I think he'll find himself back in the NHL.

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SUTTON GETS FIVE

Jason Gregor
November 01 2011 04:06PM

Andy Sutton has been suspended five games by the NHL, and here is Brendan Shanahan's video explanation.

The fact Sutton is a repeat offender and the initial point of contact was Gabriel Landeskog's head, I'm not surprised by the five game suspension. It's too bad for Sutton, because I felt he was getting better the past few games, but the hit was worthy of a suspension.

Sutton, via the Oilers, sent out the following release.

"I have been informed of and understand the League's decision, however, I had no intention of delivering an illegal check.  For 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."

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