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2009-10 Oilers Goats and Stars

It’s become a tradition: every year at OilersNation (and at our sister sites FlamesNation and CanucksArmy), our writers and commenters pick their stars — that one player who they will praise without end no matter what — and their goats — their yearly whipping-boy; he who can do no good for the season.

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It’s Coming From Quinn, But…

A lot of the things being said around training camp the last few weeks could easily have come from former coach Craig MacTavish. Let’s look at what Quinn has stressed in his press conferences over that time span.

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Fourth line: Sam I Am

Fans thinking Pat Quinn was just wagging his fleshy jaw when he talked about a clean slate as the Edmonton Oilers opened training camp might want to note that it looks like Sam Gagner will start the season on the fourth line against the Calgary Flames Saturday.

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Roster changes

While you have been waiting for lunch hour to arrive, Jason Gregor and Robin Brownlee have been hard at work down at RX1, gathering intel on the rebel forces.

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A dedication to my Dad

Good morning, I hope this Tuesday finds you happy, healthy, and most importantly, that those in your life are doing well. Nine years ago today my father, William Arthur Gregor, passed away at the young age of 56. The morning of his funeral I couldn’t sleep and decided to write an e-mail to my friends…

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The real deal

The pre-season is done, and outside of JF Jacques and Mike Comrie there haven’t been any major surprises. The most pressing question still hasn’t been answered: Will the Oilers send a proven vet to the minors?

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GDB MINUS 1: Emotional faceoffs

And so the preseason that saw the return of Mike Comrie, the continued fall of Rob Schremp and the dehydration of Nikolai Khabibulin draws to a close with tonight’s tilt against the Canucks. And about time if you ask us – although an uninspired preseason could lead to a brick of a start to the…

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Deep thoughts XIII: Brass tacks

Don’t expect a sneak peek at Pat Quinn’s season-opening roster when the Edmonton Oilers wrap up the pre-season against the Vancouver Canucks Sunday because he made it clear today that’s not what we’re going to get.

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Salary cap: how it may affect the final cut

How much impact will the salary cap have on the final cuts for the Oilers? The Oilers have some financial restraints that could ultimately impact the final decisions. Let’s break down how much salary the Oilers have invested right now using each player’s cap hit from the numbers I received from the NHLPA.

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The Nineteen

Interesting quote from Pat Quinn in his post-practice press conference today. Fielding a question about whether Fernando Pisani would be able to play on Sunday, he answered: “I don’t know. [Pisani] ended up feeling good enough to practice, but we’re still cautious with him. Injuries at camp always make the process harder, because you know…

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Meanwhile, in practice-land

I spent a bit of time at the Oilers’ skate session today. Ethan Moreau didn’t skate; he pulled something late in the game last night and will be evaluated this afternoon.