The Weight

Lowetide
January 01 2011 10:31AM

Every once in awhile, something so unique, so unusual, arrives at your door and forces you to take notice. The Band (above) was like that, their first two albums are as pure as mountain water. The early 80's Oilers were like that too, forcing a nation to take urgent bathroom breaks for fear of missing two or more goals while lollygagging.

The current group of Oilers is just getting started, we don't know if they're truly special or just the latest rage. There are going to be some stops along the way that remind us of the 79-83 Oilers and tonight is one of them. The Oiler kids may never raise the Stanley, but for the other side the theme is "No Country for Old Men." 

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Roy & Jones

Jonathan Willis
December 31 2010 10:21PM

Olivier Roy’s ugly performance against Sweden has left Team Canada’s coaching staff with a difficult decision for their first elimination game, against Switzerland on Sunday. After three games, Roy’s save percentage has fallen to 0.875, and given that he narrowly won the starting job over Mark Visentin it seems probable that the coaching staff will take this moment to reconsider that decision.

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Steve MacIntyre – Still Relevant?

Jonathan Willis
December 31 2010 05:58PM

Steve MacIntyre had a pretty good start to 2010-11. He played a little over five minutes in the season opener against Calgary, demolished Raitis Ivanans in a heavyweight battle, and with Tom Renney in charge behind the bench the promise of more minutes awaited.

Things haven’t really worked out all that well since.

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A NEW YEAR: BETTER DAYS AHEAD

Robin Brownlee
December 31 2010 03:53PM

One more year almost gone. Another to come. With 2011 on the way, I can't remember being this optimistic, be it about the Edmonton Oilers or life in general.

That's not my nature, as many readers here can attest, but as I slip into my 50-something years more gracefully than I thought myself capable, I can't help but look ahead feeling the best is yet to come -- even if there's not as much time left as I'd like.

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Rockin' New Years Eve

Lowetide
December 31 2010 08:33AM

This is Valeri Kharlamov. He had a major impact on every Canadian hockey fan 38 years ago. Game 1, Canada-Russia. My father and I agreed that Frank Mahovlich would be the best player against the Soviets because of his size and skill (he wasn't; that honor went to Phil Esposito). September 2, 1972.

Canada had a 2-0 lead by the 6:32 mark of the first period. They would be outscored 7-1 over the final 54 minutes. A few years later, the Russians would play Montreal at the Forum on New Year's eve. It's a classic, the game will be on television at least once today in Canada (has been for many years). There's another game this New Year's eve that you might want to watch. It could be a classic too.

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