Jason Gregor
February 25 2012 08:36AM

The Ales Hemsky contract extension was a good move for the Oilers, and it should finally put an end to the ridiculous comments that Hemsky doesn't like Edmonton. He could have earned a longer deal on July 1st, but after so many years of not having much skill around him, Hemsky recognized that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle will make the game more fun and exciting for him moving forward.

For me, the most important part of this extension is that the Oilers didn't trade away a proven NHL player for more picks and prospects. They wouldn't have won any trade involving Hemsky prior to Monday, and rather than take a step backwards in the rebuild they kept moving forward by signing the 13th overall pick in 2001.

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Slow Train Coming

February 25 2012 07:07AM

The prophecy for this trade deadline suggested lots of movement in Edmonton. As one of the few teams clearly out of the playoff race, it was thought that the club would be active. Now? It's a moving target.

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February 24 2012 04:36PM

Are we there yet?

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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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