Linus Omark and Ryan O’Marra took part in their first practice and it looks like both will play tomorrow v. the Lightning. They have been playing on a line in OKC for most of the year and tomorrow they will have Ryan Jones on their wing. Sam Gagner will replace Shawn Horcoff between Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, while Dustin Penner moves to the RW alongside Andrew Cogliano and Magnus Paajarvi. Gilbert Brule will skate on the fourth line with Colin Fraser and either JF Jacques or Zack Stortini.

I’m sure at some point we will see Penner and Omark on the line same line, but Renney clearly didn’t want to make too many changes right away. Brule needs to get his feet moving and playing with Stortini might allow him to rediscover some energy in his game. With Horcoff being out two months I’d like to see Brule get a few games in the middle at some point. His style of game might be better suited down the middle, where he’ll be in more constant motion rather than starting from a standstill much of the time.

  • Shawn Horcoff will be going to Toronto to get treatment on his knee. They will extract blood and then inject it directly into his knee to hopefully speed up the recovery process. He will also spend some time in a hyperbaric chamber.
  • Hall had quite the practice. In a one-on-one drill, Ladislav Smid caught Hall trying to dangle with his head down and straight-armed him. It wasn’t a vicious hit or anything, but all the teammates clapped their stick on the ice in mock appreciation of the hit. Then in a shootout drill Hall tried a few too many moves and barreled into Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin got up slowly favouring his knee, but walked off the ice five minutes later looking fine. The drill ended after the accidental collision.
  • I’m not surprised Brule finds himself on the 4th line, but thought Jones and Penner might be on different lines. I’d guess Renney will be shuffling guys around the next few games to try and find some chemistry.
  • Omark has great hands. He had three or four goals off the post and in today, but he also gets tied up easily on the rush and in the corner. I think he will excite fans with his skill and creativity, while also frustrating some with his stubborness to hold onto the puck too long.
  • This will be a great test to see how Hall and Eberle play without Horcoff. Hall is a dynamic player one-on-one, and Horcoff didn’t make him better there, but in their own zone Horcoff protected him a lot. It will be great to watch how the kids and Gagner handle more responsibility. The positive about Horcoff and Ales Hemsky getting injured is it will give other guys a chance to see if they can handle tougher minutes and more responsibility.


I can only control what happens in my articles, but this is how it will play out from now on in my articles. If a guy or girl wants to race to have the first comment, knock your brains out. The point was to be the first…Not have the comment section full of one liners with the word FIST. We have lots of fun on the site, but the comment section isn’t for some fist frenzy. If you don’t like it…tsk tsk.  

As for those who whine like babies because the first comment says FIST….Get a life. How does one comment ruin your day? It is one comment, if you are so smart and above the fist, then be first once so the fist won’t appear.

You people who like the FIST, feel free to be first, but any subsequent ones will politely be deleted. The point isn’t to have every comment about that.


  • Wax Man Riley

    @ Jason Gregor

    Thank you. That is all I am saying. It is part of the culture here, but I agree that the continual use defeats the point.

    @ Kip Drodry

    Ya murda da man now, ya have ta ‘ide da body

    Back to hockey… I can’t help but think 13’s days are numbered. He has had hustle this year, but no finish. And 67, unless he can get his bit o’ touch back from last year, get physical, or play himself into the C and show he can win draws, I don’t see a spot for him either

  • longbottom/P.Biglow

    ok ppl I agree with esa tikkanen, I don’t read the comment section to read about that word. secondly do you all know what fisting is accually? No look it up on the internet its degradeing to women. Now Gregor love the blogs keep them comming. and yes would like to hear more about Omara. I like the OM twins for these two.

  • longbottom/P.Biglow

    the only arguement about your comment on 13 is that Renny, T-Ren to some, seems to be won over by his desire and commitment to the team. Tambo on the other hand just signed him to a one year contract we’ll see come trade deadline.

  • longbottom/P.Biglow

    get out of junior high man, these comments are moderated, so i’ll say find a new thing in life. its and commentary from a Place called “Oilers Nation”. We comment about the Oilers not about what you do with your hands, my friend its a natural thing to do before you get a girlfriend but plaese keep it at school.

  • O.C.

    Penner won’t work with da Svedish Smurf. He already said he works better with the north south line mates, not the weavers.

    Note to Gregor…


    Note to the person who beats everyone to the front of page one on any future thread. The challenge is laid down.

    I will donate two tickets to the oil vs kings on Feb 2 for the best, unedited, initial post on any thread from now to Christmas Day.


    Now put your brain on.

    • Wax Man Riley

      I hope so. I just picked him up in my pool. He’s a longshot, and I don’t expect him to light it up, but he will be the only Oiler I have, and I want him in for the first game. Just for fun.

      I also have Andrew Ladd and Justin Williams, any chance they keep up their crazy ppg scoring pace?

      • longbottom/P.Biglow

        Lol if he ever gets in a shoot-out yep i figure it will be a sure thing. on anouther note if they allow shoot-outs why do the goals not count……..hmmmmmm I always wondered that.

        • Wax Man Riley

          I have always wondered that too. I understand that it would pad stats like crazy, but how can a 0-0 game, that is won 1-0 in the shootout, not have a goal scorer?

          “What was the score?”….”1 to nothing” ….. “Who scored?” ….. “No one” ???

  • I believe the next poll should be:

    What should “Esa Tikanen” change his name too?

    A) Marcie D’Arcy (married with children)
    B) Alan (two and a half men)
    C) Dwight (office space)
    D) Samantha (sex and the city)

    We know he doesn’t read the comments here anymore, so this will be a COMPLETE surprise!!!!!!!!

  • neojanus

    Hello, I have been a fan of the site for several years but usually just lurk — so this is my first post.

    Obviously it is disappointing that Horcoff went down to such an injury, but it might not be that bad for the rookies to be in this situation. Ultimately this season has said several things to me thus far — the biggest being that the Oilers in general (youth included) need to learn a lot more about defensive responsibility. Horcoff has been very strong with bailing out the young defensive mistakes from these players and this is going to be a rough “learn as you go” period of time now.

    I believe all of these players are capable of filling such a role well in the forthcoming weeks. The Oilers need to be a team that doesn’t rely upon 1 or 2 key defensively minded forwards to complement the offensive potential of some great rookie players.

    This is a great chance to continue to workshop responsible hockey. It may not be pretty, but next year the result might be centurion.

    I can’t help but think that more time needs to go into exploring garbage goals for this team — just to supplement the other offensive strengths. One of the things that hurt them in the Anaheim game was a lack of garbage. When you look at Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Philly it is the fact that despite some amazing goals, they really capitalize on junk as well. Not that you want to stifle the creativity of these Oilers, but an elite team needs another source of offense when games are without flow.

    Happy holidays, Nation.

  • Mikey "miraclehands" - Team FIST

    Horcoff is a bust. He should give back half his salary to help fund the new arena. Stortini would have 15 points playing 21mins a game on a line with Hall and Eberle.

    • Haha – they should have their own list of stock quotes they can trot out whenever the name Horcoff is mentioned.

      “He’s a Bust”
      “He’s Overpaid”
      “7 million dollars”

      So predictable.

    • What is even funnier than the few Horcoff haters comments, is the comments people leave for them. Same old tired sh!t no one cares for, its not like your are going to change their mind.

      To me it is the worlds saddest attempt at making two wrongs right.

      • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

        I’m a firm believer that when someone makes an idiotic point (which is what probably….75% of anti Horcoff points are) that, that person should be punished via public humiliation.

  • Hemmertime


    I don’t think your note about FISTing required an *Updated*, could have done in comments section or next article. Made me think we had something worth reading

  • Bicepus Maximus - Huge fan boy!

    Finally one of you have had the guts to put an end to the race to be first. This blog site has its ups and downs, with Gregor and Robin leading the way as far as ups. Snagging Lowetide gave Oil blog fans a double dose of a gem of a human, and a true fan of the game. The race, however, to stink up the comment section of things, got boring after day 3, and showcased the downs. I have said before that this blog can shine a light on the clique of readership (loyal as they are) before, but it does get a tad bit ridiculous at times. Thank you Gregor for putting an end to that crap on your stories.