February 09 2011 06:17PM
This is Ron Low. A deadline deal that sent the big goalie to Edmonton for Ron Chipperfield was the first of many deadline deals made by the Oildrop. That deal--made just one day after the famous "Goring to the Island" trade--was a very important transaction in Edmonton's NHL history. Is it one of the 12 biggest deadline deals in Oilers history? Read on.
February 09 2011 01:31PM
We poked and prodded Dustin Penner in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room this morning to get a read on his state of mind. I'd suggest, given what Penner said, that GM Steve Tambellini do the same between now and the NHL trade deadline.
February 09 2011 12:32PM
Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville hasn't been happy with his team lately, and put them through a
bag skate hard practice yesterday hoping they get the point. The defending champs are currently in 11th spot in the ultra-tight western conference, and even though they are only six points out of 4th place, Quenneville hasn't been happy with their drive and competitive nature lately.
Look for the Hawks to come out with a strong effort tonight, while the Oilers will have Ralph Krueger behind the bench with Tom Renney at home with his family preparing for his father's funeral later this week.
February 08 2011 10:29PM
Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli traded Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 19th, 2009 for a first and second round pick in 2010 and a first rounder in 2011. This past June he used those picks to select Tyler Seguin and London Knight centre, Jared Knight, but it seems Chiarelli wants to trade this year's pick for someone who can help the Bruins right now.
Chiarelli was asked on WEEI radio in Boston if he'd consider trading Toronto's first round pick in 2011?
"Yeah, I'd look at it, sure. I've had discussions involving that pick. I certainly would look at it. We've got a lot of assets, so that alone allows us to be creative also … there's been one [deal] that we've thrown around here internally, I don't know that I would do it but it's something that warrants further discussion."
The last sentance is absolute brilliance on Chiarelli's behalf.
February 08 2011 05:38PM
Toronto head coach Ron Wilson takes a lot of flak, but he’s still an innovative head coach. One of the things he does is track goaltender performance in the shootout, analyzing whether various goaltenders struggle with left- or right-handed shots.
That got me wondering – do the Oilers’ goaltenders have a weakness against left- or right-handed shooters in the shootout?