October 24 2011 08:53PM

So it seems that there is an all day session of City Council tomorrow for the final public consultation and debate their involvement in the proposed downtown arena.

If we were a betting man (we are) we would think that this deal will move forward after tomorrow’s session (it will) but that there will be the small matter of a multi-million dollar funding gap will need to be addressed (it does.)

We'd also bet the majority of those who will ultimately end up picking up a large portion of the tab will remain on the sidelines content to let "others handle their bizness for them."

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Robin Brownlee
October 24 2011 06:19PM

If being the Edmonton Oilers best forward through seven games this season isn't enough to keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the NHL beyond his next two games, I'm not sure what is.

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Oilers’ Underlying Numbers Show Major Improvements

Jonathan Willis
October 24 2011 01:33AM

We are now seven games into the Edmonton Oilers’ 2011-12 season. It’s obviously still very early – early enough for Milan Michalek to be a top-five scorer, Marc-Andre Bergeron to be leading all blue-liners in points, and for players like Nikolai Khabibulin (0.969 SV%) and Dan Ellis (0.966 SV%) to be in the running for the Vezina.

Given the short schedule each team has played, it’s difficult to read much into the Oilers’ record and overall totals. Yet, in the past, the underlying numbers have offered us a more accurate reading of where the team is really headed – and this year, they’re almost uniformly positive.

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October 21 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 24 2011 01:15AM



Another week has passed in the season, and with that, it's time for another review of matters around the league. In this installment, the Canucks make the first significant move of the year, two first rounders appear on divergent paths, and the Leafs face life without Optimus Reim.

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Runaway Train

October 23 2011 09:35AM

I'm worried about you, I'm worried about me

The curves around midnight aren't easy to see

To try and get off now is about as insane

As those who wave lanterns at runaway trains

-Rodney Crowell

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