BIG SHOES TO FILL: MICHAELS STEPS IN

Robin Brownlee
August 24 2010 01:51PM

For the record, Jack Michaels has size 11 feet. That's a good thing because, as heir to the broadcast booth Rod Phillips occupied with the Edmonton Oilers for 37 seasons, Michaels has big shoes to fill.

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The Souray saw-off: poor, pitiful me

Robin Brownlee
August 23 2010 03:26PM

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers walks to the ice before a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

So, the Edmonton Oilers still haven't done anything to smooth things over with defenceman Sheldon Souray. How much abuse and neglect can one man endure?

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Reasonable Expectations: The Blue

Lowetide
August 22 2010 10:27AM

A year ago the Edmonton Oilers defense seemed to adopt the signature line from this young woman: "resistance is futile."

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The Forwards

Jonathan Willis
August 21 2010 01:44PM

TORONTO - MARCH 7:  Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at Air Canada Centre on March 7, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Over at his other place, Lowetide has been spending the last few weeks going through the Oilers’ forwards and establishing benchmarks for the performance of each of them. He does it every summer, and then reviews those projections throughout the year. Because his estimates are conservative, as a rule they get argued with when they’re made and then start looking better and better as the season goes on.

His final list of the Oilers forwards went up today, and it’s a roster that screams one thing: this is another rebuilding year.

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Trade Talk

Lowetide
August 20 2010 05:56PM

Peter Adler cut through the doldrums of summer like a hot knife through butter last night. An actual trade rumor involving the Edmonton Oilers. Music!

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