Jonathan Willis
October 13 2010 07:54PM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3: Gilbert Brule #67 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)

There are a lot of reasons not to be worried. The season is two games in, and it’s pretty hard to see much meaningful in two games. Not only that, but the Oilers have won both of them, and the off-season’s biggest question mark, Nikolai Khabibulin, has been splendid. Still, faceoffs have been pointed to as an area of concern.

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October 13 2010 05:08PM

Patience is required in order to let things develop in their own time, especially when it comes to youth. One minute kids are failing again and again, the next minute they've mastered the discipline and moved to a new level. When it comes to predicting hockey players and their futures, patience is a vital part of the plan.

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October 13 2010 03:50PM

It's pretty heavy today on the Nation with Brownlee's excellent piece on the adversity that new Oiler Kurtis Foster has had to overcome. We thought maybe people could use a laugh.

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Robin Brownlee
October 13 2010 02:15PM

Edmonton Oilers' Kurtis Foster (R) checks Calgary Flames' Alex Tanguay during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton October 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kurtis Foster got a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy last season for his comeback from a badly broken left leg with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but it's how he's overcome a broken heart that makes him truly remarkable.

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Finger for Souray: A Deal That Makes Sense For All Sides?

Jonathan Willis
October 12 2010 10:45PM

MONTREAL - JANUARY 25:  Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers arrives at the Versus 2009 NHL All-Star party at Club Opera on January 25, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

With the Toronto Maple Leafs’ recent decision to waive Jeff Finger and assign him to the AHL’s Marlies, and Sheldon Souray’s continuing presence in the minors, it’s been suggested that the Leafs and the Oilers might be able to help each other out by swapping expensive defencemen.

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