SIGNING SAMWISE

Lowetide
July 14 2012 07:40AM

The Edmonton Oilers are less than a week away from salary arbitration with one of their young forwards, Sam Gagner. Five years into his NHL career--and still young enough to be part of the young cluster of talented forwards--Gagner's contract will tell us what each side really thinks of the other.

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EXCITING THINGS IN OKC!

Lowetide
July 12 2012 05:23PM

Important work is being done in Oklahoma City. As Oiler fans watch a stream of #1 overall selections dazzle at the NHL level, the support group is learning the trade and preparing to make the jump. Role players may not be as sexy as the impact kids, but they're important all the same.

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REAR WINDOW

Lowetide
July 10 2012 12:55PM

The lottery work being done by the mountain of losses at the NHL level are having the desired impact: stunning talents unavailable any other way are walking through the door for free every draft day. The "fail-fall" strategy is near an end, and the real business of developing players the traditional way comes into focus.

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DO THINGS GO BETTER WITH COLA?

Lowetide
July 08 2012 07:30AM

One full week into free agency and there are plenty of good free players still on the market. Among defenders, Carlo Colaiacovo offers a nice combination of skill and defensive ability.

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A BIG TOUGH KID, FROM A GREAT ORGANIZATION

Lowetide
July 07 2012 07:23AM

Jason Strudwick made his NHL debut March 30, 1996. He hit the scoreboard in a big way--a hockey stick!--as the refs flagged him for his first 7 minutes of NHL pims. His final game came April 10, 2011--21 clean shifts in his 674th game in the world's best league. It was, by any measure, a helluva run.

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