Jason Gregor
September 08 2010 10:04AM

DENVER - NOVEMBER 08:  Zack Stortini #46 of the Edmonton Oilers is restrained by linesman Brad Lazarowich against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 8, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche 5-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Could the Oilers actually have an advantage attracting unrestricted/unsigned free agents?

It has been written, reported, said, typed, tweeted, facebooked, spammed, written on bathroom stalls, texted and blogged too many times to count: Edmonton is not a destination UFAs look at.

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Robin Brownlee
September 07 2010 06:08PM

During his transition from the coaching ranks to that of senior advisor, Pat Quinn saw fit to make Sam Gagner his fourth-line centre to start the 2009-10 season. I, and a lot of people, are guessing successor Tom Renney sees Gagner as his first-line centre when the 2010-11 season begins.

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Robin Brownlee
September 07 2010 06:04PM

It's supposed to be a photo-op for the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Winner's Choice Lottery, but Wednesday's grip and grin will be much more than that when Kevin Lowe hands Taylor Hall his No. 4 jersey.

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What will Renney do?

Jason Gregor
September 07 2010 09:42AM

BERNE, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Rangers head coach Tom Renney attends the press conference after the New York Rangers training session at the PostFinance Arena on September 29, 2008 in Berne, Switzerland.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

With the passing of Labour Day weekend, and a horrendous display by the Eskimos, we can officially start to think about the upcoming hockey season. Rookie camp opens with medicals Friday, a practice in Kelowna on Saturday and a game in Penticton on Sunday.

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Does the NHL need a Second Minor League?

September 06 2010 12:25PM

This is Serge Savard, age 20. The young defender had completed his junior career and began the long climb up the Montreal Canadiens depth chart. The Habs (and other NHL teams) had long since discovered many prospects were unable to adjust to the rigors of the AHL, so a second league was placed in the American south. Some of the best NHL players of the 1970's made their pro debuts in cities like Houston, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The NHL might be wise to have another long look at the idea of a second professional league.

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