Robin Brownlee
May 24 2012 10:12AM

If you hang around this game long enough and learn to pay attention, it doesn't take a vast intellect to separate the guessers and coat-tail riders in the media mob from those who are actually in the know.

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Robin Brownlee
May 23 2012 08:03PM

To hear Edmonton Oilers' president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe tell it, his team hasn't talked to Brent Sutter about taking over from Tom Renney as head coach. Not a conversation. Not a word.

I'm not going to call Lowe a liar – or even a fibber -- because I have no proof to contradict what he told reporters today at the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan when he was asked about Sutter and the vacancy behind his bench. Still, what Lowe said strikes me as odd, given the circumstances.

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The Oilers Don’t Need A Stud Defenseman Now

Jonathan Willis
May 23 2012 11:09AM

It would be a great thing for the Edmonton Oilers if they could add a stud defenseman, a true number one who plays heavy minutes on the back end, contributes offensively and shuts down the opposition’s best players. But it’s not a necessity right now.

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Organizational need is a bad way to draft players

Jonathan Willis
May 22 2012 03:58PM

If the Edmonton Oilers decide to make organizational need the primary criteria at this year’s NHL Entry Draft, they would be making a mistake.

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Jason Gregor
May 22 2012 01:32PM

After coaching his team to 30th and 29th place finishes, some will argue that Tom Renney didn't deserve a chance to lead the Oilers into their "next phase" of the rebuild. There might be some merit to that, but I'm not in that camp. When Steve Tambellini talked about needing more "compete" from his team, I got the sense he was saying that Renney wasn't getting/demanding that from his team.

I've said for years the Oilers, especially some veterans, have convinced themselves they were competing hard enough, when in fact they weren't, but by electing to push Renney out the door, didn't Tambellini just give his players another escape route?

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