Hell's Gate, Fraser Canyon

Lowetide
August 03 2010 07:19AM

This is Hell's Gate, in the Fraser Canyon of British Columbia. The Canyon walls rise far above the River in this area, and it is one of the most interesting and beautiful areas of western Canada. It is usually a surprise for tourists when they view the physical beauty of the river and mountains, and then find out about the large toll the area has taken on locals dating back one century. Some say there are ghosts and "mysterious voices" in the area. In this way, its history of danger and slow progress mirror the Edmonton Oilers at center ice, 2006 summer through today. 

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You Never Know

Lowetide
August 01 2010 10:57AM

This is Jeff Deslauriers as a rookie pro in the uniform of the Edmonton Roadrunners. He was 20, and the year was 04-05. His journey from the 2002 Entry Draft to the starting job at the NHL level in 09-10 is a long and winding road. 

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Reasonable Expectations: The Rookies

Lowetide
July 31 2010 10:40AM

This post begins my annual "reasonable expectations" series. Since there are several wrtiers on Oilers Nation, I'm going to condense all of the players into 5 articles. We begin with the sensational rookies.

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Back to the Future

Lowetide
July 30 2010 07:53AM

In the next 12 months or so, we're going to hear a lot about Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky. Both make north of 4M per season and both will be UFA 2012 summer, and both can create offense on their own. There's every chance one (or both) will be gone by 2012 

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No Fast Times, But Slow, Steady Progress

Lowetide
July 28 2010 06:02PM

Steve Tambellini (and the Oilers management group) are staying the course. It might not be spectacular but it will be effective if they make good decisions on the kids and resist a quick fix. 

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