July 23 2011 08:48AM
This is Jim Niekamp. He played 29 NHL games and was regarded as a hard-nosed defenseman. He wouldn't really be remembered at all (no slight meant, the man played in the NHL) save for one thing: his nickname. In the long history of hockey, Jim Niekamp's nickname is the best. Or worst.
July 22 2011 01:44PM
Since April, many of the pressing issues involving the Oilers have been put to bed. Are the answers close to what we expected?
July 19 2011 10:33AM
In the decade that began in 1997-98, no Oiler rookie approached the heights reached by Sudden Sam Gagner. Samwise. The young magician posted a big number as a teenager, and has been chasing it ever since. Is Gagner ever going to get better?
July 17 2011 07:35AM
One year ago, the Edmonton Oilers graduated an enormous number of young men to pro hockey. The NHL kids (Hall, Paajarvi, Eberle) were joined by an exceptional group in Oklahoma City (led by Linus Omark and Teemu Hartikainen). This season there's more excitement in store. Can this year's prospects come close to the quality and depth of the 2010 group?
July 16 2011 07:07AM
The best part of my summer is the annual road trip with the family. Ten years ago the music of the trip was Fred Penner and "are we there yet?" but these days it's a trip through the lush rock and roll of my childhood. Who knew?