Step Off, Summer!

September 17 2011 07:26AM

Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea, you know the Oilers are back in town and the turning of the leaves offers the promise of a brand new day.

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Robin Brownlee
September 16 2011 06:04PM


After five years on the outside looking in, the Edmonton Oilers think they can make the playoffs. At least, they say they think they can. What else are they supposed to say?

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Jason Gregor
September 16 2011 12:50PM

A bead of sweat trickled down the side of Shawn Horcoff's face as he addressed the media for the first time in the 2011/2012 season. He had just wrapped up his medical, but I couldn't help but wonder if that bead of sweat also represented how he felt about his team.

Entering his second season as captain, Horcoff has to be feeling some pressure to ensure his team improves on their 30th place finish. He won't have to carry the leadership role alone this year with the addition of Ryan Smyth, Eric Belanger, Andy Sutton and Ben Eager, but as captain he is still the first guy to face the music and there will be more pressure and expectations this season.

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September 16 2011 07:46AM

It's easy to describe the leaves in autumn and it's oh so easy in the spring

But down through January and February is a very different thing

-Van Morrison

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Jason Gregor
September 15 2011 11:18AM

This is the type of promotional video the Oilers should have. That is former NHLer Pasi Nurminen, who once fought Ty Conklin, driving the Zamponi.  I love that they call it a Zamponi. 

My Finnish buddy and NHL correspondent for Helsingin Sanomat, Jouni Niemimen, translated what Pasi was yelling. "THAT (The Zamboni) BARELY MOVED! DO I HAVE TO DO THIS MYSELF TOO?!" 

Gold, Jerry, Gold.

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