THE CULTURE OF LOSING

Robin Brownlee
November 01 2013 11:20PM

"And lastly, I’ll say that there’s one other guy in hockey today that is still working in the game that has won more Stanley Cups than me. So I think I know a little bit about winning, if there’s ever a concern."

Well, yes, as fans of the Edmonton Oilers will tell you after watching their team miss the playoffs for seven straight seasons, there is a concern -- one inflamed by the defiant words of president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe during an exchange with reporters this pre-season.

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OH, COME ON!

Lowetide
November 01 2013 06:25PM

Ryan Smyth is hurt, Taylor Hall is skating, so is Ryan Hamilton and Jesse Joensuu is a ways down the line. Today, the Oilers found out that David Perron will need an MRI (neck) and could be out for a time. Who's left?

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PLAYING WITH DESPERATION

Jason Gregor
November 01 2013 11:54AM

"He is playing with desperation," Dallas Eakins said when I asked him his thoughts on Ryan Jones' game since being recalled from OKC.  "I'm not saying he wasn't working hard in training camp, but he didn't play a lot of hockey last year, and I think he felt like he would ease him self back slowly. That is a normal human instinct, after being out with that type of injury, but since coming back from OKC he's looked more assertive, " continued Eakins.

Jones is usually a pretty laid back, relaxed guy, but since being recalled from OKC he's got a chip on his shoulder, and that is a good thing. Jones took an accidental helmet in the face during a battle drill yesterday, and for the remainder of practice his lip was bleeding and Jones was in a surly mood. Since returning from OKC he has played with desperation, but he's also played with some anger.

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MAILBAG

Brian Sutherby
November 01 2013 09:39AM

This week's Q & A is ready.  We're talking Perron, Yakupov and the development of young hockey players.

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Blame Steve Tambellini

Jonathan Willis
November 01 2013 07:55AM

There’s a long list of things wrong with the Oilers right now, but somewhere near the top of the list has to be the state of the defence corps. With the exception of Jeff Petry (and possibly Anton Belov) there hasn’t really been a positive story on the Oilers’ blue line this season, and the only way to really address the problem is with top-pairing talent – something that can be extremely difficult to find.

It’s something the Oilers once had.

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