July 19 2013 09:49PM

For Oiler fans, the big acquisition this summer was David Perron. A skilled winger with a nice resume, we're excited to see what he can do, see how many goals he can score alongside the young and talented forwards in Edmonton. Perron's exit from St. Louis was a bit of surprise, but cap worries made it necessary. What did his coach think of him? Good things. Good things.

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Robin Brownlee
July 19 2013 05:10PM

After six NHL seasons of being a loyal and productive company man with the Edmonton Oilers, doing his job and never, that I've heard, uttering so much as a discouraging word about an employer that's been a gong show more often than not during his tenure, Sam Gagner is gonna get paid. And he should.

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July 19 2013 12:53PM


Thank you MacT. Thank you for inexplicably signing Denis Grebeshkov to a one year contract and giving us all a reason to drink NationBeer by the decalitre tonight at the Pint Downtown. Speaking of which we know we need bigger tap handles with a NationBeer logo on it. But it's a start right?

We shall toast your unique approach to General Management. Obviously the problem in 2009 is the solution in 2013. It's so clear now.

*grinds teeth so hard the Earth is thrown off its axis*

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Jason Gregor
July 19 2013 12:40PM

The NHL finally released their 2013/2014 schedule, and at the same time they came up with the most idiotic division name in the history of pro sports, METROPOLITAN.

I would have preferred they went back to naming divisions and conferences after people who made signficant impacts to hockey, but I understand why they stayed with Pacific, Central and Atlantic, they are known and make sense geographically, but Metropolitan is just another notch on Gary Bettman's belt of head-scratching decisions.

Regardless, the Oiler schedule is out and, if you like variety, it is the best in years.

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Train with Gary Roberts & Steven Stamkos

Steve Dangle
July 19 2013 07:49AM

Gary Roberts.

Usually when you come face-to-face with a glare like that, it means you done goofed, or you play for Ottawa. Now it could be because you’re training with him and Steven Stamkos.

Wait what?!?! Oh, you heard me.

Gary Roberts as in the man-beast who terrorized the league for parts of three decade. Steven Stamkos as in the guy who sniped 60 goals in a season. You could be hanging out with these guys. Well, not really “hanging out,” per se. Allow me to explain…

The offseason is getting shorter and shorter. You can’t just let your fitness go to crap in the summer, because once the season fires up again, you’ll look like a pylon out there.

Enter: the last team standing

The Nike Hockey Facebook experience at www.lastteamstanding.ca lets players create a team with their friends and show how they’re dedicating the summer to training. The page has training videos designed by Gary Roberts, and Toronto’s strength and conditioning coach from 2002-2009, Matt Nichol. Obviously, these two guys know their stuff.

But Steve, what’s in it for me? I’ll tell you, whatever your name is!

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