GET GOOD PLAYERS

Lowetide
August 23 2013 06:55PM

The Edmonton Oilers cut ties with a pretty talented hockey player this morning, I'd call it an unforced error. The sun will come up tomorrow, but I would suggest that it's generally a poor idea to throw away 21-year old wingers who score at a point-per-game clip in the AHL--no matter their size.

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MONEY TALKS AND KIDS WILL WALK

Robin Brownlee
August 23 2013 03:24PM

Toni Rajala wasn't going to get a one-way contract from the Edmonton Oilers any time soon despite coming off a fine season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL, so he's headed back to Europe because he can make more money there than he can toiling in the minors here.

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A balanced top-six

Jonathan Willis
August 23 2013 07:55AM

I’m starting to wonder if the arrangement used for most of last season, one that saw the Oilers’ top line loaded up with Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle, was the best use of the team’s personnel.

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OLYMPIC TEAM "LOCKS"...AN EPIC SPEECH AND AN EPIC PARTY

Jason Gregor
August 22 2013 11:37AM

The CEO for Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson said, “By my count, I’m at 11. It’s never been that low. The number has always been higher," in Mark Spector's story yesterday, when responding to the question of how many players are locks to make the Canadian Olympic team.

If Nicholson is correct, that leaves 12 spots open, and two "extras". The roster has been expanded from 23 to 25, but I was told a few weeks ago that the players holding down the 24th and 25th spots will be told they are going to Sochi as extras, unless they run into injury problems.

So who are the 11 players that are locks to make the team?

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STACK 'EM, PACK 'EM AND RACK 'EM

Lowetide
August 22 2013 09:12AM

 

I had a fascinating conversation with a buddy yesterday. The basic thrust went like this: buddy suggested that part of the development problem in Edmonton for the forward prospects was lack of room with the big club. He suggested that Teemu Hartikainen and Linus Omark would still be here if there were fewer Hall's, Eberle's, Yakupov's and Hemsky's. He further suggested that the Oilers current hopefuls had no chance to make it, and used the 1979-88 Oilers as an example of what happens when there's so much quality at the top. 

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