Jason Gregor
June 27 2012 01:43PM

After a lengthy two month process the Oilers officially announced that Ralph Krueger would be the 11th head coach in Oiler history. Krueger has over 20 years of coaching experience, but he's a rookie NHL head coach. Will that matter? Time will tell, but the young Oiler players are fans of Krueger.

I don't mind the hire, in fact it is first time I've seen Steve Tambellini make a bold move. Tambellini needs this hire to work out if he wants to remain GM in Edmonton, so I applaud him for going against conventional wisdom, hire a former NHL coach, and giving Krueger his first stint as an NHL bench boss.

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Robin Brownlee
June 27 2012 12:20PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has taken care of several significant housekeeping items already this off-season, but what he does between now and the start of training camp, starting with free agency July 1, will be what defines his body of work this summer.

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Development Camp Invites

Jonathan Willis
June 27 2012 10:13AM

The Edmonton Oilers’ annual development camp is underway and there are a few interesting names on the invite list.

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Daniil Zharkov, Take Two

Andrey Osadchenko
June 27 2012 08:19AM

Funny how news work around the globe. Daniil Zharkov’s post-draft press-conference didn’t have nearly as much of an impact in North America as it did in Russia. Major sports websites in the country mistranslated his words so that in the Russian media Zharkov appeared to be saying ‘Russian hockey is not for me. I feel I’m Canadian. My favorite food? Hamburgers’.

This caused a huge uproar among Russian fans who instantly proclaimed Zharkov a traitor.

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Daniil Zharkov: In his own words

Andrey Osadchenko
June 27 2012 12:06AM

Late in the third round the Oilers used their fourth pick to draft a Russian winger from Belleville Bulls - Daniil Zharkov. Given the fact he was ranked pretty high in pre-draft rankings, you may consider him a steal, especially if you get familiarized with the story of his life.

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