Robin Brownlee
February 23 2012 07:27PM

So, word is that Ales Hemsky might be willing to come off his position of wanting a long-term deal and sign for a shorter term with the Edmonton Oilers if the money is right. Fine. Unless the Oilers aren't interested.

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Jason Gregor
February 23 2012 12:48PM


After a dominating performance over an injury-riddled, not-much-talent Flames team on Tuesday, the Oilers will have a tougher test tonight. Outside of proving the Oilers have much more skill than Calgary, I was impressed by how hard they worked and skated on Tuesday. When their effort, desire and work ethic matches their natural skill level this team is fun to watch and hard to play against. 

It takes time to realize how to play that way most nights, but if they can bring the same effort tonight, we should be in for a hell of a game. The Flyers are big, tough, physical and loaded with skill. Claude Giroux is one of the best players in the game. Scott Hartnell is having a great year. Wayne Simmonds is on pace to score 30 goals. Jaromir Jagr is still dangerous, and even without the Human Rake, their backend is solid. 

The only question is if Ilya Bryzgalov can break the  25-year curse that hangs over goaltenders who go to Philly.

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Be The General Manager: Hemsky & The Trade Deadline

Jonathan Willis
February 22 2012 07:30PM

Quite a while back, Robin Brownlee offered fans a chance to work through a couple of hypothetical scenarios where they played the role of Steve Tambellini. I thought it was a great idea at the time, and filed it away in my mind for reference and stealing purposes.

So, presented with the following deadline scenarios, what would you do in the shoes of Steve Tambellini?

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Jason Gregor
February 22 2012 12:43AM

I've never been to Cabo, but if a trip to Cabo recharges you and ignites your performance like it has Sam Gagner's I think I'll be booking a trip next year. Since the all-star break, when Gagner hung out on the beach for a few short days, Gagner has 19 points in 10 games. He's in a battle with Ilya Kovalchuk to win NHL player of the month for February, both have 18 points in nine games, athough Gagner has nine goals to Kovalchuk's five.

Gagner might get 25 points in February, if he continues his scorching streak over the next four games. He has been incredible over the past month, but when you look closer, Gagner has been pretty solid for more than just ten games.

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Robin Brownlee
February 21 2012 11:27PM

I don't imagine the Calgary Flames are very happy about getting waxed 6-1 by the Edmonton Oilers in Cowtown tonight, but they'd better get used to it because my guess is there's plenty more to come.

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