Grab Bag: Arena, Souray, Brule, Math

Jonathan Willis
July 22 2010 08:50PM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3: Sheldon Souray #44 of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice in a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Flames defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

Since it’s been a while since I’ve put an article up, and since I have trouble focusing on one topic, I’m going to jump all over the map here.

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Steve Tambellini And Depth

Jonathan Willis
July 13 2010 10:52PM

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 15:  Shawn Belle #34 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche on October 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Avalanche defeated the Canadiens 3-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It’s been a relatively busy off-season for Steve Tambellini, who has shunned the pursuit of big names in favour of a slower, more long-term rebuilding work. The one place where he has made significant changes is at the bottom of the NHL roster and to the makeup of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.

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Conventional Wisdom

Jonathan Willis
July 12 2010 06:15PM

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Dustin Penner #27 of the Edmonton Oilers awaits a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 3-2 in an overtime shootout. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In a 2009-10 season that had a lot of disappointments, the play of Dustin Penner never managed to qualify. In fact, the previously much-maligned winger had the best season of his career, and transformed himself in the public’s eye from impossible to move contract to best forward on the team (at least, while Hemsky was out).

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Ryan Stone Signs In Calgary

Jonathan Willis
July 07 2010 07:30AM

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12:  Center Ryan Stone #32 of the Edmonton Oilers  skates against the Nashville Predators on October 12, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

I’d like to discuss Ryan Stone with the denizens of the Nation for a moment. The former Oiler has signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Flames, and while it’s a depth signing he’s a player I’m sorry to see leave the organization.

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Update On Khabibulin

Jonathan Willis
July 05 2010 06:23PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nikolai Khabibulin #35 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during the game against the Calgary Flames on September 23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

I suppose this article could be taken as further proof that I hate Steve Tambellini. Or the Oilers. Or possibly just Mondays.

I wanted to pass along an update on Nikolai Khabibulin’s back problems, and unfortunately the news isn’t particularly good.

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