That Troublesome Third Line

Jonathan Willis
August 19 2010 06:50PM

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Fernando Pisani #34 of the Edmonton Oilers passes the puck against the Anaheim Ducks on October 15, 2008 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Oilers won 3-2.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

With the departure of Fernando Pisani to Chicago – a departure well covered by Lowetide here and Ben Massey here – the Oilers have one fewer option to plug one of their holes on the third line.

In my opinion, it’s just as well; a Pisani signing would have been more a nod to sentiment than pragmatism. As much as Pisani is a player I loved to see in an Oilers’ uniform, if Steve Tambellini is going to bolster his team’s bottom six, he really ought to be looking at players who could be useful a few years down the road.

Who, exactly?

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DEEP THOUGHTS XIX UPDATED: PONDERING THE WIRELESS

Robin Brownlee
August 19 2010 01:43PM

Edmonton Oilers president Patrick LaForge and the people overseeing the hire of a replacement for Rod Phillips must have a helluva candidate in mind -- perhaps one I don't know about -- because they've let Dennis Beyak slip out of the mix of people looking to step into some big shoes.

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Sail On, St. Albert Saint

Lowetide
August 18 2010 05:34PM

Chicago's Blackhawks caught a break today, acquiring a good man and loyal soldier at a very reasonable price. Our loss is their gain.

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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE EDITION XI: NEW RULES FOR NHL

Jason Gregor
August 18 2010 04:37PM

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 12:  Referee Don VanMassenhoven #21 officiates a game between the Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers on October 12, 2009 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The NHL’s research and development is going on in Toronto and they are looking at ways to improve the game, and in some cases alter it. No one tabled getting rid of the instigator rule, which sucks, but some of the other proposals have some merit.

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Minor League All-Stars

Lowetide
August 17 2010 07:13PM

This is Guyle Fielder. He played only 15 NHL games (and many of those with some of the best talent in the history of the game), but never scored a point in any of them. In the minor leagues, he was Gretzky. 

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