December 08 2011 04:49PM
Translation courtesy Andrey Osadcehnko
**Original text - Alexander Voynov, Sport Weekend
- Do you remember your first game as a pro?
You bet! I was 17. I think it was season 1988/89. It was the last game of the season against Sokol Kiev. I was very nervous. I was put out there with Alexei Kasatonov – the legend. He tried to cheer me up as best as he could. We won 8:2 but I was frustrated.
December 06 2011 09:47AM
By Andrey Osadchenko
The Oilers could never really brag about their Russians. It might the cold, it might be the distance between Motherland and Edmonton (which is huge) and it might be something else, but the ugly truth is that none of the Russians ever spent a whole lot of time with the team. Here’s a quick look at five who did and left their mark. Ironically, four of them are defensemen.
December 03 2011 04:17PM
(Wanye has instituted a new rule when it comes to BoA's: winner of the last game gets to write the losers game day post. Naturally I readily agreed because it benefited my side of the conflict. So for those Oilers faithful wondering why a scummy Flames fan is penning your GDB, kindly refer all complaints to Mr. Wanye Gretz III esquire)
It's probably not a surprise to most Edmonton fans that none of us down south have taken your club too seriously recently. And by recently, I of course mean for the better part of a decade. Darryl Sutter has become a figure of parody in Calgary since his descent into utter madness and subsequent firing, but his era as Flames coach/GM did feature at least one consistently positive aspect: beating up on the Oil.
October 18 2011 06:20PM
The Oilers are off to a better than expected start. The Flames have been incredibly sluggish.
Calgary has owned the BofA the last few years, but there's some question whether that will continue much longer. Can Oil can begin the turn around tonight in Calgary or will the Flames manage to prolong their dominance for just a bit longer?
October 12 2011 10:13AM
Editors note: Andrey Osadchenko is the senior Russian Correspondent at the Nations Network. He writes regularly in Russian at allhockey.ru, and has a series of web videos called "Joining the Rush" with Steve Dangle. Today Andrey catches up with some of the former Russian-born draft picks of the Oilers organization. The piece underscores why drafting Russian-born players has gone somewhat out of style; simply put, it's a risky proposition.
By: Andrey Osadchenko
The Oilers were always cautious when it came to drafting Russian-born players. Over the entire history of the franchise they picked just 19 Russians, while only one of them left a noticeable mark – Alexei Semenov. Remember him? No? Ah well, nobody is going to hold it against you.