NATION PROFILE: JARI KURRI

Lowetide
November 16 2012 07:27AM

Jari Kurri's story is one Oiler fans are told from childhood: the entire NHL figured he was not headed to the NHL, save for one man (Barry Fraser). If not for that decision--to play instead of stay--Kurri would have been drafted much earlier and would not have been part of the glory days.

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THE PRICE YOU PAY

Lowetide
November 15 2012 05:12PM

 

Jeff Petry is young, has proven he can play in the NHL and be effective, and is signed to a ridiculous value contract. If the Edmonton Oilers knock on the door of another NHL team and request a stud defender, it is reasonable to assume that a defenseman of some quality would be part of the asking price. Is that Fair? What if the defenseman was Shea Weber? 

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THE PROFESSOR AND THE PUPIL

Lowetide
November 14 2012 07:05PM

One of the best things about Nail Yakupov is the company he keeps. Yakupov's agent is the brilliant hockey man Igor Larionov, who spent his career earning the reputation as the "thinking man's hockey player"--his positioning was the stuff of legends. When Larionov speaks on any hockey subject it is worth a listen; when he's discussing the Oilers #1 overall pick from 2012, it is best to listen closely.

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GOOD ARROWS

Lowetide
November 11 2012 07:30PM

Teemu Hartikainen's progress has been the subject of much discussion this fall,and for good reason. The big Finn has a chance to fill that most elusive of roles: a big forward who can crash, bang, keep up and cash. So, uh, how's he doing?

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SIXES AND SEVENS AND NINES

Lowetide
November 10 2012 10:09AM

After the watershed 1979-81 drafts, the Oilers were still producing useful talent. Now that the current Oilers have gathered their Jacks and Kings, how are they doing with those useful 6's and 7's and 9's?

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