April 13 2013 11:38AM
You cannot play hockey without passion. No passion, no success. Very simple. Skill, size, loud home rink, perfect systems and awesome goaltending are valuable to any team but if the group of players on the team do not play with passion all those pieces will not fit together. Something will be missing.
April 13 2013 09:37AM
There is a large segment of Oilers Nation that never did buy in to Ales Hemsky as a hockey player. Despite sick hands and incredible creativity, Hemsky's heart has always been questioned in certain circles. The most recent example is this week, when it was revealed that 83 has been playing through pain for much of the season. Despite that revelation, the major issue with Hemsky this week is media availability. What the hell, Hemsky?
April 12 2013 08:37PM
I'm guessing the Edmonton Oilers could have finished 29th last season and lurched into 20-something-place in this lockout-shortened season handily without using two years of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' entry level contract, but RNH will play his 100th NHL game Saturday against the Calgary Flames.
April 12 2013 12:50PM
When Glen Sather left the Edmonton Oilers for a job in New York in 2000, it was a major milestone for the club. Head coach Kevin Lowe replaced Sather at the helm and launched the current era of Oilers’ history.
April 12 2013 07:25AM
Curtis Joseph was an Edmonton Oiler for only 2 and a half seasons. Those seasons--half of 1995, all of 1996 and 1997--featured stellar goaltending performances and two of the finest playoff performances in the game's history.