Nation Radio – January 7, 2012

  Nation Radio’s first show of 2012 is top notch. We leave the WJHC behind and get back to the business of talking NHL players and prospects. We get some in-depth Leafs updates courtesy JP NIkota and James Mirtle as well as some Flames talk (eyeroll) with Kent Wilson.

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WANYE ON THE ROAD: HO CHI MINH CITY

They say if you are going to go experience a new culture you should avoid getting used to it by degree and jump in with both feet instead. Well actually they say you should do the exact opposite. But who are they exactly right? Oh they are actual "travel experts?" Screw em.

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THE NEW TARGET..UPDATED OILERS RECALL THREE

  Reality has hit Oilersnation, the Oilers still aren’t very good, and with 41 games left to play, many want to find someone to blame and it seems Tom Renney has become a popular target. For years many some of the same fans and media clamoured that Craig MacTavish needed to go, because allegedly he…

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Another Year Over

The brightest story in this Oiler season may come from ownership. With the arena situation progressing, Daryl Katz will have more time to examine the rebuild. What’s been happening? Where are the successes? Failures? What should be done?

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GDB 41.0: DON’T WANT TO BE SEEING STARS

The Oilers have taken a beating on this trip, and today they are a like a boxer, leaning back on the ropes trying to buy some time to avoid taking another blow that would KO them. The Oilers have lost five of six, they’ve given up 24 goals, they’ve been outshot 168-194 and they’ve lost…

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The Importance of Jordan Eberle

Jordan Eberle can’t fly (despite appearances) but beyond that there appear to be few limitations. Eberle’s importance to this edition of the Edmonton Oilers impacts the team on and off the ice.

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Godspeed

One of the true joys of living in Alberta is that glorious blue sky. Anyone who has spent a week on the coast during rainy season knows what a lack of sunshine can do to the soul. This week, blue skies across Alberta meant something special for Edmonton Oilers: defensive help is on the way,…

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TIME TO SHUT WHITNEY DOWN?

The Edmonton Oilers will have to get along without Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rest of January because of a shoulder injury. I can’t imagine the news will get any better when Ryan Whitney meets with team medical staff in Dallas to discuss his difficult comeback from ankle surgery.

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PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

A moment of clumsiness by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has opened a door of opportunity for Sam Gagner. His future with the Edmonton Oilers might well hinge on how gracefully and effectively he steps through it.

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RNH OUT 3-4 WEEKS.

The Oilers just announced that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins "will be sidelined three to four weeks with a left shoulder injury." The rookie was having a stellar season, and to have it be put on hold by a fluky fall into the boards has to be devastating for him. Prior to the season many wondered if he…

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GDB 40.0: CHANGING PLACES

Dan Aykroyd was an educated, yet somewhat snobbish Louis Winthorpe the 3rd in the 1983 comedy, Trading Places. His millionaire bosses at his commodities brokerage firm hatched a plan to switch the lives of two people at opposite ends of the social heirarchy. They frame Winthorpe and get him put in jail and then take…