January 06 2012 02:42PM

One of the true joys of living in Alberta is that glorious blue sky. Anyone who has spent a week on the coast during rainy season knows what a lack of sunshine can do to the soul. This week, blue skies across Alberta meant something special for Edmonton Oilers: defensive help is on the way, and blue, blue skies are on the horizon.

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Robin Brownlee
January 05 2012 11:11PM

The Edmonton Oilers will have to get along without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rest of January because of a shoulder injury. I can't imagine the news will get any better when Ryan Whitney meets with team medical staff in Dallas to discuss his difficult comeback from ankle surgery.

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Robin Brownlee
January 05 2012 03:10PM

A moment of clumsiness by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has opened a door of opportunity for Sam Gagner. His future with the Edmonton Oilers might well hinge on how gracefully and effectively he steps through it.

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Jason Gregor
January 05 2012 12:58PM

The Oilers just announced that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins "will be sidelined three to four weeks with a left shoulder injury." The rookie was having a stellar season, and to have it be put on hold by a fluky fall into the boards has to be devastating for him.

Prior to the season many wondered if he could handle the size and strength of NHL D-men, and he proved that wasn't an issue. This was as unlucky of an injury as I've seen in awhile, and the only silver lining is that when he returns it should be a hell of a race down the stretch for the Calder trophy.

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Jason Gregor
January 05 2012 09:02AM

Dan Aykroyd was an educated, yet somewhat snobbish Louis Winthorpe the 3rd in the 1983 comedy, Trading Places. His millionaire bosses at his commodities brokerage firm hatched a plan to switch the lives of two people at opposite ends of the social heirarchy. They frame Winthorpe and get him put in jail and then take a poor street hustler named Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) and give him Winthorpe's job and home.

It was a decent movie, and ended up being nominated for best Motion Picture - Musical or comedy at the Golden Globe awards, proving that in 1984 the Golden Globes were somewhat of a farce.

In the past two month the Oilers starred as Winthorpe while the Blues played the part of Valentine. After the Oilers downed the Blues 4-2 on October 30th, the Oilers were tied for 1st in the west with Chicago and Dallas, while the Blues sat in 13th. Since then the Oilers have looked like Aykroyd in this photo, and arguably as worse as the guy behind him, while the Blues have skyrocketed up the standings.

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