February 12 2012 01:27PM
With the trade deadline looking on the horizon and injuries starting to pile up acorss various rosters, the buyers and sellers are starting to line up across the league. Topics this week include Hockey day in Canada, Oiler memories and some of the needs and wants of Canadian NHL teams leading up to February 28.
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February 12 2012 11:04AM
This is Ales Hemsky. In the history of the Edmonton Oilers, he ranks 6th in career assists (forwards) and averages 46 assists per 82 games. Hemsky is a headliner in this edition of tracers, Oilers rookies volume 5.
February 12 2012 09:16AM
According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Edmonton Oilers are close to extending veteran defenseman Andy Sutton. The soon to be 37-year old is currently slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
February 11 2012 08:07AM
Hockey Day in Canada has become an NHL tradition, although I'm not sure if has become an NHL fan's tradition yet. Will you be playing the great game of hockey today? Maybe you'll be in the stands watching your son, daughter, nephew or niece or maybe you'll strap on the blades and play shinny with your buddies. I love the idea of Hockey Day in Canada, I'm just not sure if it is more about watching NHLers than actually playing it yourself?
Thrity of us will be playing shinny outdoors at Saikers Acres, the home pf the World's (2nd) Longest game (record was recently broken by a group, indoors though) and I'm sure the fellas will be remembering the days when we were decent and could go up and down the ice more than once without needing gasping for air.
For me, skating on the outdoor rink or the pond was always the best hockey. There was no ref, no "official" rules and you could play for hours. It would be great if the Sens and Oilers mirrored the Hawks/Oilers game from last week, and played some pond hockey today, but I doubt we'll see that.
February 11 2012 08:05AM
Over several decades, I've known many special "hockey days" in Canada. Some of those memories are wonderful, others bittersweet and some of them forgotten by those old enough and unknown to the next generations.