AROUND THE LEAGUE: WEEK FOUR

Jason Gregor
November 04 2010 05:56PM

Scott Arniel (Right) and his teammates (R to L) Laurie Boschman, Dale Hawerchuk and Tim Watters were loving life and 7-Up in Winnipeg in the mid 1980s. Fast forward 25 years and Arniel finds himself as a rookie head coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He isn't promoting 7-Up and he's replaced his teammates with assistant coaches, Brad Berry, Bob Boughner and Dan Hinote. You think the 18, 19 and 20-year-old rookies have pressure in the NHL, imagine being a rookie head coach on a team that has never won a playoff game.

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A HALL POWER PLAY FOR JERSEY NO. 4?: LOWE SAYS NO

Robin Brownlee
November 04 2010 02:34PM

COLUMBUS,OH - OCTOBER 28: Taylor Hall  of the Edmonton Oilers skates up ice during the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 28, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Edmonton 3-2 in a shoot out. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Did Taylor Hall somehow lean on Edmonton Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe to pull his old No. 4 out of mothballs and hand it over to him?

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TOM RENNEY: SPIN AND TEAM-BUILDING

Robin Brownlee
November 03 2010 08:55PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 16: Tom Renney, head coach for the Edmonton Oilers, makes his way to the bench before a game against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 16, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames beat the Oilers 5-3. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

It's fair to argue Pat Quinn did much of his best work last season in post-game meetings with the media down the hall from the Edmonton Oilers dressing room. The new bench boss, Tom Renney, can't hold a candle to the Mighty Quinn when it comes to that.

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Track Record

Lowetide
November 03 2010 06:11PM

The Edmonton Oilers have been out of balance since TC 2006-07. In fact, the one time in the last ten years that the team boasted a veteran goalie, quality top 6 blue with a range of skills and a strong group at forward the team made the SCF's. If they know the template, why can't they repeat it? Is the pursuit of a lottery pick dependent on the thin blue line and lack of penalty kill? 

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EXCITING LAST PLACE HOCKEY DEBATE

Wanye
November 03 2010 10:46AM

If the Oilers are to obtain a lottery pick in 2011, they are doing a damn fine job of fulfilling their divine destiny in the most entertaining way possible.

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