October 30 2013 02:25PM
Andrew Ference has played in three Stanley Cup Finals. He's never been the best player on the team, or the star, but he's been a solid contributor and he knows what it takes to win.
I don't believe the Oilers signed him to be an elite defender, although that would help, but the main reason Craig MacTavish signed him was so that Ference could give the young Oilers players some direction on how to become a winner.
Winning in the NHL isn't easy, and the Oilers are learning that the hard way again this season, but last night Ference had some very astute comments about winning.
He didn't yell. He didn't call anyone out, he didn't blame anyone, but he just stated, very calmly, his beliefs on what players need to do if they want to win.
October 30 2013 10:38AM
After the four to nothing loss to the Maple Leafs Tuesday night, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said his team was simply "out-finished." There is no doubt that James Reimer played a solid game for the Leafs but I know there was more to this loss then the Oilers being "out-finished".
October 30 2013 07:04AM
I'm not sure if this is a sign of age, I'm going crazy or it's a reflection of current turmoil, but my love for the 2006 Stanley team continues unabated 88 months later.
October 29 2013 10:20PM
Near the end of tonight's 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rexall Place, somebody Tweeted a picture of Edmonton Oilers' coach Dallas Eakins staring off into space, looking stunned, distant, dazed.
Likewise, I'm sure, were many of the fans who filed out of the rink after yet another loss, although I'm guessing just as many headed to the parking lot flat-out pissed off after seeing more of the same old, same old.
October 29 2013 01:08PM
Sam Gagner returns to the lineup after missing the first 13 games of the season with a broken jaw. He should give the Oilers special teams a boost.
Gagner was tied for the team lead in PP points last year with 15. He can move the puck quickly and accurately. He also was on the PK last year, and he should help a floudering PK unit, by having the experience to be in the right lane on the PK.