November 28 2010 08:48AM
It's been years since we've been here. A minor league team with balance, a successful won-loss record, the ability to lend bona fide players to the big club and offer a quality proving ground for the kids who represent the future. What in hell is going on around here?
November 27 2010 02:59PM
On any other weekend, a Saturday Night home game against the Sharks would be the hottest ticket in town. This weekend - it probably doesn't even crack the top 5 in Edmonton. It's Grey Cup week and anyone with a functioning liver and an old CFL jersey has been sloshing around Downtown Edmonton soaking up the festivities for days now.
November 27 2010 03:13AM
Playing defense in the NHL during the post-lockout era is one of the toughest jobs in sports. Gone are the days of clutch and grab, subtle stickwork is now rewarded with a whistle and 2 minutes in the box and the old standby (holding the stick) is now called "holding the stick" and comes with 2 more minutes in the sinbin. An entire player type (the plodding defender with size and a terrific wingspan) was nailed to the Cory Cross when management discovered faster wheels were required in the "new NHL." What happens when a "wheels" defenseman falls on hard times?
November 26 2010 02:41PM
While the addition of some quality young players to the team has made Oilers games more watchable than last year, I’ve been curious to see how the team has a whole has improved from last season’s debacle. After all, the point of a rebuild is to slowly improve, and ideally we’d see this team making gradual steps forward.
One quarter through the season, how does this group compare with the 2009-10 Oilers?
November 26 2010 10:43AM
For some reason, Sam Gagner’s been a hot-button topic for the past few days, both here and elsewhere, and one item that keeps coming up is “the age card.”
Is Gagner’s age irrelevant? He’s in his fourth NHL season – shouldn’t he be pretty much at the peak of his game right now?