TANGLED UP IN BLUE

Lowetide
February 11 2013 05:25PM

"Your key guys are your defensemen. If you take care of defense and center ice, your team is strong. Everybody goes and covers down low, so what all the good teams do is have are good, mobile defensemen who know how to play the point."

-Scotty Bowman, Behind the Moves.

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WRECKUM

Lowetide
February 10 2013 09:57AM

Theo Peckham was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers shortly after the 2006 Stanley run. Edmonton didn't have a first round pick, there was very little information available on their second rounder (some kid named Jeff Petry, his Dad pitched for the Tigers) so Peckham got a lot of attention on the blogs and in the newspapers. Since then, it's been a wild ride, sometimes blacktop sometimes the ditch. When we met him, his nickname was "Wreckum." As it turns out, that may be an apt description of his career.

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NEW LOOK BARONS

Lowetide
February 08 2013 05:16PM

Ryan Martindale and the current OKC Barons are finding their way after a wild and crazy first half of this AHL season. The NHL players are where they belong--a higher league--and the players showing well in OKC may join them someday soon.

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NATION PROFILE: CRAIG SIMPSON

Lowetide
February 08 2013 07:15AM

Craig Simpson's arrival in Edmonton signaled the beginning of the end for the original "Boys On the Bus." Oiler fans had grown fond of Gretzky and Kurri, Messier and Anderson, Coffey and Huddy, Fuhr and Moog. The Coffey trade was a tough item to overcome--for Oilers Nation and for Craig Simpson. It worked out wonderfully for both.

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CHEER LIKE HELL

Lowetide
February 05 2013 06:10PM

Mark Arcobello represents that rarest of all things--an undrafted Edmonton Oiler college free agent signing who makes it to the NHL. These men are more rare than the Vancouver Island Marmot (there are fewer than 75 of those), but Arcobello's recall is a wonderful combination of desire, hard work, endurance and never losing hope.

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