April 09 2011 07:50AM

When Edmonton Oiler fans talk about adding "grit" or "crust" these days, it's almost exclusively in regard to the skill lines. The club has all kinds of role players who can crash and bang but as the JF Jacques experiment a year ago showed us, "hands" are a vital part of the package. It's early, but it looks like the Oilers may have uncovered a gem deep in the heart of Stu (Magnificent Bastard) MacGregor's first draft as scouting director.

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Jason Gregor
April 08 2011 04:14PM

The Minnesota Wild are 5-0 against the Oil this year and have outscored them 20-8 this season. Against the rest of the league the Wild average 2.3 GPG, but they've been an offensive juggernaut v. the Oil averaging four goals a game. Don't you miss the early days of the Wild; I bet the Oilers do. 

In their first 12 games against the Wild the Oilers went 10-0-2, but since then they are 15-28-2-5. The Wild limp into Rexall tonight fresh off a 5-0 drubbing by the Canucks last night and without Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse, Cam Barker, Marek Zidlicky and possibly Chuck Kobasew and Cal Clutterbuck. Kobasew didn't play last night due to a personal matter, while Clutterbuck was a late scratch due to food poisoning and he'll be a game time decision.

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Robin Brownlee
April 08 2011 03:27PM

Agent Wade Arnott and the Edmonton Oilers continue to talk about a new contract for Ryan Jones. The bottom line, as always, will be, well, the bottom line -- how much and for how many years?

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The Myth of Shelter Island

Jonathan Willis
April 08 2011 01:50PM

For reasons I can’t quite figure out, the myth that Nikolai Khabibulin played tough opponents while Devan Dubnyk got carefully selected starts still has advocates around these parts. I don’t understand it.

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April 08 2011 01:20PM

You have to hand it to people when they get a hard job done. Take the bravest man on Earth for example, who cleans out a cobra pit in the video above as though he is raking leaves. Slightly less snake related - but certainly a hard job too - the plans for Rexall Place: Downtown Edition have been moved forward by the City of Edmonton and the Katz Group.

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