The Blue

July 08 2010 07:43AM

A glance at the current Oilers depth chart tells us a lot about the future. Up front, this team is loaded with tremendous potential. The list of young forwards (Gagner, Cogliano, Brule with the big league team; Hall, MPS, Eberle, Omark, Hartikainen, Lander, Vande Velde) is long, deep and varied; I dare say the only time this team has enjoyed such a large list of potential quality forwards was 79-81 (although the mid-90's had a large and impressive group). 

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Ryan on Ryan: is Smyth a fit here?

Robin Brownlee
July 07 2010 02:26PM

Los Angeles Kings' Michal Handzus (L) and Ryan Smyth celebrate a goal scored by team mate Anze Kopitar during overtime of Game 2 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey game against Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Andy Clark  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Ryan Rishaug of TSN has generated some buzz by throwing it out there that a return to the Edmonton Oilers by Ryan Smyth might make sense if the right cards fall into place.

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This Generation's Stan Weir

July 07 2010 07:41AM

This is Stan Weir. He is a very important figure in Oilers history, because of his role on the first three Oiler NHL teams. He was a vital part of the group in 79-80, his role began to fade the following season (as detailed by Peter Gzowski in his classic book The Game of Our Lives).

Weir did the difficult work until the gifted kids could take on the chores, and in that way lives forever in Oiler lore. 

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Ryan Stone Signs In Calgary

Jonathan Willis
July 07 2010 07:30AM

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12:  Center Ryan Stone #32 of the Edmonton Oilers  skates against the Nashville Predators on October 12, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

I’d like to discuss Ryan Stone with the denizens of the Nation for a moment. The former Oiler has signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Flames, and while it’s a depth signing he’s a player I’m sorry to see leave the organization.

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Robin Brownlee
July 06 2010 08:26PM

Edmonton Oiler fans show their preference while attending the first round of the 2010 NHL hockey draft in Los Angeles, California June 25, 2010. The Oilers have the first pick overall in the draft. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

In a city where optimism about the Edmonton Oilers has been as scarce as teeth at a family reunion in Arkansas, there was more than enough to go around at Clareview Arena today.

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