The NHL is back today, with action for most clubs. The Oilers are on the outside looking in, due to playing in a smaller television market and not possessing a ‘marquee’ team. I expect it’ll be the last time this happens for several years.

As entertainers, the current Oilers have some outstanding talent. However, it is somewhat a new development and the club is easily cast aside on opening night for Vancouver and their Cup contender. I get that, hell Canuck fans had to endure Oiler games all the damn time during the glory years (although the networks were doing everyone a favor by keeping those vomit V uniforms off the national networks).

However, these kids are a blast to watch and a thrill a minute. If the NHL wants to max out on their product, the talents that are Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov will have the opportunity to play on the biggest stage the NHL has to offer: Saturday night, outdoor games, playoffs.

Its only a matter of time.


Plenty of chatter about the Ottawa Senators having useful goalies three, and the fact there are some callers from the West. The 403 area code is apparently interested, along with the 780. I think the Oilers have the more pressing need, what with Nikolai Khabibulin celebrating his 40th birthday with a trip to the IR.

The Flames have two AHL goalies shooting the lights out (Danny Taylor and Barry Brust) along with Miika Kiprusoff who was born when Gerald Ford was US President and may outlast Obama at the top. That’s a helluva run.

The Oilers have no such goalie heritage in their recent past. Since Roloson left its been a combination of Nikolai Khabibulin stories involving injury, Jeff Deslauriers and finally Devan Dubnyk. Since depth is a word other teams consider important, why can’t the Oilers have two good goalies in their 20s? Why can’t we have nice things, too?

I’d love to see a Ben Bishop trade.


It’s a lesson we learn each generation: it doesn’t matter where (or if) you’re drafted, once you hit pro hockey its the results that matter. Last night, the OKC Barons dominated long stretches of the game and much of it came from ECHLers Toni Rajala and Kristians Pelss.Rajala had a two point night, including a wonderful passing display between himself, Tyler Pitlick and Ryan Martindale.



There are so many stories to follow, top to bottom. The NHL takes center stage beginning today, but there are so many interesting stories bubbling under. Stay tuned! And GO OILERS!

  • BJammin

    MAC962: I know man…I thought what this team needed was a big, strong, defensive d man that could clear the net and play on the PK…Potter can’t do ANY of that, and he’s terrible 5 on 5…and he doesn’t even play on the PP anymore…so all in all, he’s useless.

    again on another note: Does anybody else wish that Pierre McDouche would just get hit by a puck and have a concussion that ends his season?

  • The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

    Potter in instead of Fistric against van……not that I’m against RK, cause I like him, but c’man!!! Potter is a black hole of uselessness. I was really looking forward to seeing Fistric destroy one or both of the Sedin sisters.

    On a brighter note, the NHL is back!!!

    GO OILERS!!!

    • The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

      Harry stinkin Potter instead of Fistric ??? It better be because he needs
      more time or is injured. Bad Call already Ralph, but the first one is
      free and you are the coach… but a healthy scratch ? gimme a break.

      Better sit YAK as well, we have 82 games…ohh wait..its 48

      wtf Ralph, explain this move to the fans.

    • The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

      It’s on NBC east, but only if your provider switches the feed.
      I have shaw direct, so I’m stuck with two feeds of kings-hawks.
      Apparently Bell has made the switch or so says a bragging buddy.

      It’s not even listed in NHL center ice, which is weird, you’d think every game would be on that package today, especially if they want us to coff up 50 bucks for the rest of the season- after the preview period!

  • Lowetide

    speeds: Agreed its a steep price and also agree it is what it’ll take to get him. Still, with Dubnyk and really no one else, I like adding Bishop because it cuts off Tambellini from signing another big contract with a famous goalie like NK.

    As for Kipper, he’s Rasputin to me. I’ll believe it when he’s absolutely done.

    • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate

      LT wrote:”As for Kipper, he’s Rasputin to me. I’ll believe it when he’s absolutely done.”

      There was a Finnish Goalie, in Calgary long ago.
      He was big and strong,and his eyes a flaming glow…
      Most shooters looked at him, with terror and with fear…etc.

  • The 'Real' Ron Burgundy


    Kiprusoff’s play has tailed off over the past few seasons, I’m not sure what CAL thinks of their other goalies for the future, but Bishop would be a nice add for them as well.

    I like Bishop, and he could make a fool of me for saying this, but I’d be hesitant to move a 2nd for him and I think it would probably take at least that to get him who knows where they’ll finish but both 2nd rounders could well be in the 31-45 range, pretty good picks in a deep draft.

    • BJammin

      Kippers play has been steller . Last year Calgary was a Cosrsi nightmare, outshot almost on nightly basis. His play tailed off as Calgary of course could not make a final push. The year before the Flames started horrible, Kipper got hot as hell and that team almost made the playoffs. Kippers been great, hes delayed Calgary’s inevitable rebuild.

  • Lowetide

    Yeah, we got hosed for now. I am sure the country from coast to coast
    Can’t wait to watch the Ducklings play on HNIC. Gimme a break.
    It should have been Oil-Nucks in a back to back or even the Flames.
    Wait a minute…what did i just say ? I think i just threw up in my mouth.

    GO OILERS !! 28 MINUTES…SENS-JETS. Canadian Hockey !!

    Go Jets. You have one more season of me saying that, then i
    will hate everything about your team, your town and
    your girlfriends…ok, maybe not them.

  • The 'Real' Ron Burgundy

    And so it begins…

    Fistric a healthy scratch; we’re probably too big and too slow anyways.

    Paaravi in the press-box; wasting away, its not like he can still learn anything in OKC

    A lot of what hinges on a good or bad season comes from our rookie Head Coach. These two roster moves are ones that I would have expected from previous regimes.

    Maybe R.K. needs a motivational speech from R.K.

    {to Ralph} “You’re so wise. You’re like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair.”