The Skipper sails on

When he decides it’s time to go, the man known around the NHL as The Voice of the Edmonton Oilers won’t telegraph his farewell, prompting all manner of fussing, tributes and retrospectives by admiring peers.



  The Edmonton Oilers are making a statement as they usher in the era of billionaire owner Daryl Katz today and, given their ongoing pursuit of high-priced free agent Marian Hossa in the wake of deals made by GM Kevin Lowe in the last 72 hours, it’s as bold as they come.


Shooting down the walls of Heartache

  A moment of silence, please, to honour the retreat into oblivion of the self-appointed sports radio icon who for many years has graced websites and talk shows in the third-person under the handle of THE WARRIOR.


Deal for Daumer

Bumped from Craig MacTavish’s coaching staff to make room for Kelly Buchberger, Rob Daum won’t be behind the bench with the Edmonton Oilers this season, but he’s staying with the organization.


Big name hunting

  I said it before and I’ll say it again—Kevin Lowe’s focus at the 2008 Entry Draft in Ottawa Friday will be on making a trade for an established first-line forward, not on moving up from 22nd in selection order.


Some perspective

Did somebody fart or is the burning in my nostrils the stench of the long-lost package of Limburger cheese that was the Edmonton Oilers 1990 NHL Entry Draft?


Let’s make a deal

It’s far more likely Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe will make a trade for a significant roster player at the 2008 Entry Draft than it is he’ll swing a deal to move up from 22nd in selection order.


Bucky comes home

Jeff Truitt is in as head coach of the Springfield Falcons and that means it will be made official shortly that Kelly Buchberger is joining the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.