Lowedown

Lowetide
October 05 2011 05:00PM

Kevin Lowe has been a major part of the Edmonton Oilers organization for most of the last 32 years. Since being drafted in 1979, Lowe has been player, coach, GM and currently president of Hockey Ops. Last night--via twitter--speculation about Lowe's future kicked into overdrive. It's been a major story in Edmonton sports today and from the sounds of things caused a ripple in the Oilers management team (based on reaction time).

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

Jason Gregor
October 05 2011 10:43AM

Maybe you've never heard of Shay Maria, or maybe you have. She cracked the top 99 most gorgeous women in Askmen.ca, but I don't know much more about her. Let's say she is a bit of an unknown, which is exactly how most fans and pundits are looking at the Oilers this season.

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UPDATED: LOWE-DOWN ON BRADY SPECULATION

Robin Brownlee
October 04 2011 10:22PM

For now, file this one under unsubstantiated speculation, but there's a suggestion circulating out in the Twitter-verse that Kevin Lowe could at some point return as GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

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Bewitched

Lowetide
October 04 2011 07:26PM

Talent can be found in the most unusual places. Sports history gives us many examples of teams adding talent at little cost. Green Bay's Packers of the 1960s, the Whitey Herzog Cardinals baseball team 82+ and hockey's NY Islanders from 1974-83 are all great examples of finding talent buried in other organizations or the deep minors.

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THINGS THAT MUST IMPROVE: POWERPLAY

Jason Gregor
October 04 2011 03:02PM

Dave Andreychuk played 1,597 games before winning the Stanley Cup - the longest streak in NHL history. Keep in mind only eight other players have ever played that many games, so it likely will never be broken. Roman Hamrlik is the active leader, 1,311 games without hosting the Cup, but he'd have to play almost three and a half more years to surpass Andreychuk.

Andreychuk wasn't a great skater, but he had soft hands and was especially good on the powerplay. He holds the NHL record for most career PP goals with 274. There are many areas the Oilers need to improve on next year, but the PP must be near the top of the list.

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