Ralph Krueger shuffles his lines; VandeVelde recalled

Jonathan Willis
February 08 2013 11:24AM

The Edmonton Oilers made their first significant shuffle to the forward lines in practice this morning. They also added Chris VandeVelde from Oklahoma to replace the injured Anton Lander.

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Who is up for a Matinee?

Jason Strudwick
February 08 2013 09:24AM

This Saturday the Oilers will be in Detroit to take on the Red Wings. The game starts at 2:00 PM Detroit time which is noon here in Edmonton. The Wings are not the team they were a few years ago, age even catches up with legends. With players like Lidstrom, Yzerman and Hull no longer flying around the ice at Joe Louis arena, visiting teams now have a better chance to get a victory but for the Oilers there is still an issue to deal with this trip: afternoon game!

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February 08 2013 07:15AM

Craig Simpson's arrival in Edmonton signaled the beginning of the end for the original "Boys On the Bus." Oiler fans had grown fond of Gretzky and Kurri, Messier and Anderson, Coffey and Huddy, Fuhr and Moog. The Coffey trade was a tough item to overcome--for Oilers Nation and for Craig Simpson. It worked out wonderfully for both.

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Robin Brownlee
February 07 2013 07:54PM

If Sam Gagner scored 40 points for the Edmonton Oilers this season, and he might despite playing just a 48-game schedule, somebody would be sure to sniff: "See, Sam still hasn’t even managed 50 points in an NHL season. He's not that good."

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Jason Gregor
February 07 2013 01:41PM

Coaches usually are graded on wins and losses. If you win, you're considered a good coach, if you lose more than you win, eventually you get fired. Of course there are other intangibles, but winning at the NHL level is the most important factor. With a young team like the Oilers, Krueger doesn't need to win right away, but he will need to make decisions and evaluations that will lead to more wins in the future.

His first good test will be how he handles Ryan Whitney.

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