November 01 2011 06:09PM
Linus Omark has been sent down to OKC. He does have an out-clause in his contract to go to Sweden, but he will report to the AHL. It is a smart move on his part. He wants to play in the NHL, and staying in North America makes the most sense for him.
He doesn't have to clear waivers, so if he plays well the Oilers can recall him without worrying about losing him on re-entry waivers. He needs to play and he is better off playing in the AHL than eating popcorn in an NHL pressbox.
The Oilers will also recall Colten Teubert with Cam Barker still questionable. Tom Renney said today he wasn't sure when they would call up Teubert, but it sounds like he will join them sooner than later.
Smart move by the Oilers and Omark to go to OKC. He'll get lots of icetime under Todd Nelson and if he can find some consistency I think he'll find himself back in the NHL.
November 01 2011 05:00PM
Not to yank the big jug of Kool-Aid from the blue-stained lips of giddy Edmonton Oilers fans, but they might want to take a snapshot of the gaudy 7-2-2 record the 2013 Stanley Cup champs are boasting as they open a six-game road trip in Los Angeles Thursday.
November 01 2011 04:06PM
Andy Sutton has been suspended five games by the NHL, and here is Brendan Shanahan's video explanation.
The fact Sutton is a repeat offender and the initial point of contact was Gabriel Landeskog's head, I'm not surprised by the five game suspension. It's too bad for Sutton, because I felt he was getting better the past few games, but the hit was worthy of a suspension.
Sutton, via the Oilers, sent out the following release.
"I have been informed of and understand the League's decision, however, I had no intention of delivering an illegal check. For 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."
November 01 2011 08:23AM
Through eleven games the Oilers have exceeded everyone's expectations, even their own if you put them on a polygraph, but as they get set to head out on six-game road there are numerous questions surrounding the team.
November 01 2011 07:01AM
There is a growing market for inexpensive forwards who can help move the needle offensively. Detroit, Carolina and possibly Boston, with the list growing daily. Throughout the NHL, the word is out: the goalies are ahead of the snipers and teams are looking for solutions. One of those possible solutions is available via Edmonton.