4LINE

Lowetide
April 25 2013 05:28PM

Steve MacIntyre put the fear of God in every hockey player he ever faced with this stance. Holy hell, the man can punch. However, the first question an NHL team has to ask is "can he play the game at an NHL level?" In the time after Craig MacTavish stepped away from the Oilers and his return, how many fourth line players could do that?

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GOOD ARROWS FROM OKC (NHLE)

Lowetide
April 22 2013 09:45PM

The Oklahoma City Barons regular season is over, and there's a summer's worth of interesting things to ponder. We begin by looking through the offensive numbers with Desjardins NHL equivalencies. (photos of Toni Rajala and Kristians Pelss courtesy Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).

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GOING MOBILE

Lowetide
April 21 2013 02:30PM

The Edmonton Oilers procurement department is delivering an interesting and diverse group of young blue to the pro ranks these days. Oscar Klefbom (in photo) leads the way for the "mobile" defensemen of the future and the club added another with footspeed yesterday in Martin Gernat. Edmonton has also invested in big, gritty defense-first defenders. How important--for defensmen--is speed and ability to move the puck in today's NHL? Is it more important than grit, physical play and playing the enforcer role?

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ONE FOR KRUEGER

Lowetide
April 20 2013 07:41AM

Edmonton Oilers fans have one eye on the standings and one eye on the draft lottery (where young men like Sasha Barkov--in photo--are available) as we hit the final stretch of this season. Oilers coach Ralph Krueger's goal may be the exact opposite of the Nation. Or is it?

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NATION PROFILE: TODD MARCHANT

Lowetide
April 19 2013 06:54AM

He arrived as a basically unknown return for another captain heading out of town. A few short years later, Todd Marchant was scoring one of the most famous goals in team history.

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