STILL WAITING ON SCHED.... UPDATED WITH SCHED...

Jason Gregor
January 12 2013 03:17PM

You are likely sick of waiting for the NHL to release the 2013 schedule, and so is friend of the Nation, loyal reader and proud Albertan Evangeline Lilly. Lilly hails from Fort Saskatchewan and when she isn't busy staring in movies, she will be in part two and three of the Hobbit, she likes to read the nation.*

Here is what we know about the Oilers schedule that should be released later today. Of course it is the NHL, so there is always a chance you might have to wait until tomorrow.

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More Ales Hemsky trade rumours!

Jonathan Willis
January 12 2013 01:11PM

He’s no Roberto Luongo, but Ales Hemsky is no stranger to trade rumours. The lead-up to last season’s trade deadline featured his name prominently in proposed and rumoured deals; it caught many by surprise when the Oilers opted to re-sign him rather than trade him.

With NHL hockey on its way back, the rumours seem to have started again.

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Now it is our turn!!!

Jason Strudwick
January 12 2013 11:29AM

When Dumb and Dumber came out I must have watched it ten times. So many good scenes but the one I loved was where Lloyd says the line "so you're telling me there’s a chance!!" Classic. I think that every player that will still be on the Oklahoma City Barons when the NHL starts was thinking that when the end of the lockout was announced Sunday morning.

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ANTICIPATION

Lowetide
January 12 2013 06:16AM

Oiler fans have been following the team's players all season long, and now they finally come together for the sprint that is the 2012-13 season. This month is going to fly by, with "news by the minute" that will include callups, injury news, trades and talk of the next captain. Lets begin with what might happen this week.

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KRUEGER: WE WILL PLAY WITH A HIGH PACE

Jason Gregor
January 11 2013 09:19AM

The Edmonton Oilers roster will have five new faces this year. Tom Gilbert, Anton Lander, Magnus Paajarvi, Andy Sutton (injured) and Tom Renney will be replaced by Nail Yakupov, Teemu Hartikainen, Nick Schultz and Justin Schultz, while the most important new face could be head coach Ralph Krueger.

Krueger inherits a young roster full of potential but also some veterans who underachieved last season. Many pundits and oddsmakers outside of Edmonton feel the Oilers are on the verge of a major breakout. Vegas gave them a mind-blowing 14-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, while Sports Illustrated has them ranked #3 in their preseason rankings. Keep in mind those rankings change every week and are based on a belief the Oilers should get off to a quick start due to 12 players already being in game shape.

Krueger will be have to balance calming those expectations, while ensuring his team learns to compete every night and understand the sacrifice it takes to win regularly in the NHL.

It won't be easy.

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