AROUND THE ROOM AND THE NHL

Jason Gregor
December 13 2011 10:13AM

There is lots to discuss on around the NHL and inside the Oilers dressing room.

  • Is Taylor Hall ready to play?
  • Will the Oilers send Magnus Paajarvi to the minors when Hall returns?
  • Is Darryl Sutter really the right answer for the LA Kings?
  • Are the Wild, Panthers and Blues for real?
  • Is Ricky Ray really only worth a journeyman QB, a potential kicker and a pick?

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NO REINFORCEMENTS

Lowetide
December 12 2011 07:39PM

Expecting a trade before the period around the deadline is folly for Oiler fans. It is a very rare thing--in fact, the last major trade in the deep fall for this organization was Guerin for Carter. What would it take for the Oilers to change their modus operandi?

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WHO FITS?

Jason Gregor
December 12 2011 09:02AM

When Taylor Hall was injured on November 26th the Oilers said he'd be out 2-4 weeks. Two weeks was this past Saturday, and if you split his diagnosis down the middle three weeks will be this Saturday in San Jose. The Oilers play Thursday in Phoenix, and I suspect we might see Hall either Thursday or Saturday.

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Nation Network Hockey Pool, December 11th Edition

Jonathan Willis
December 11 2011 10:05PM

Another week, another update of the Nation Network Hockey Pool. This week features a new leader in the standings.

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ALES HEMSKY: IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME

Robin Brownlee
December 11 2011 06:05PM

In the end, it doesn't matter who is to blame, what went wrong or why it went bad. When a relationship has passed the point of no return, it's not a matter of if it ends, but when. You can almost hear the tick, tick, tick of time winding down. I suspect the Edmonton Oilers and Ales Hemsky are nearing the start of that countdown.

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