September 17 2014 03:03PM
This is John Ferguson. 50 years ago he was an enforcer in the NHL. During Ferguson's career, being an enforcer involved playing alongside Jean Beliveau, or Henri Richard—skilled men who delivered a pass and expected it back on the tape and on the fly. The role of enforcers has changed over the decades, but may be returning to the Ferguson-era definition in the future.
September 14 2014 10:20AM
At some point in the next 10 months, the Edmonton Oilers are going to make a decision on Nail Yakupov's future. Ideally, the young Russian scores 20+ goals, matures as a player and Dallas Eakins does the same as a coach, and the Oilers have a sniper for 10 years or more. It would be folly to suggest that outcome is guaranteed, and the future with this player and the organization has some uncertainty.
September 13 2014 05:50PM
This is Greg Chase (No. 36 in photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved) during a mid-April regular season game with the Oklahoma City Barons. Chase signed a contract with the Oilers today, a three-year deal that (apparently) has some things one doesn't ordinarily see in a seventh-round deal (source ahead).
September 13 2014 12:39AM
At the Edmonton Oilers 1980 training camp, the major stories involved first-round draft pick Paul Coffey and a kid from Finland who could barely speak English. They would both go on to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
September 11 2014 11:49PM
The Edmonton Oilers are sending a much stronger group to the BC interior this year, and should get better results because of it. Keeping score in a rookie tournament has no value at all, but there are players in Penticton today who could make the NHL team this fall if things break right. Here's a look at Edmonton's marquee players and what they'll need to show this weekend and for the rest of September.