Found September 22, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
The first rule of early pre-season games is just like the first rule of Fight Club: You don’t talk about early pre-season games.
After all how much can you read into exhibition scrimmages involving line-ups that are one-third wide eyed juniors one-third AHLers and one third NHLers trying not to get hurt?
Lots of guys look good in the first 10 days of an NHL training camp.
Still it’s getting more and more difficult to dismiss what Darnell Nurse is doing in his first audition with the Edmonton Oilers.
“He’s definitely getting better every day now” said head coach Dallas Eakins who liked what he saw from Nurse the first time around against Vancouver and did again in last night’s 5-2 win in the rematch. “We just have to wait and see if he plateaus or keeps getting better.”
Nurse hasn’t experienced full-on NHL opposition or intensity yet but the seventh pick in the 2013 draft has played some tough minutes against some tough opponents. He’s handled himself in front of the net with...
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Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner will miss the start of the regular season with a broken jaw.
Gagner was hurt in Edmonton's 5-2 exhibition win over the Canucks on Saturday.
Gagner collided on the side boards with Vancouver's Zack Kassian, and Kassian's stick knocked out some of Gagner's teeth.
Kassian received a four-minute penalty on the play.
The team says...
The Edmonton Oilers have been stuck in rebuilding mode for some time, but the hope this season is that this youthful bunch - laced with first-round picks - returns to a place this franchise used to dominate.
Indeed, the Oilers - a once-dynastic franchise - has not qualified for the playoffs in seven straight seasons. But there is a benefit to Edmonton's on-ice...
The Edmonton Oilers were already on the lookout for an enforcer to beef up their team a hunt that only seemed to intensify when Sam Gagner suffered a broken jaw on Saturday at the hands stick of Zack Kassian.
They found their man on Monday in the form of a waiver claim from the Penguins. Former Oiler Steve MacIntyre is headed back to Edmonton.
It's not every day that a waiver...
Whether it’s 20 minutes because of unexpected traffic or five days because of immigration and visa red tape showing up late for your first day at the new job is never fun.
But there’s no turning back the clock all you can do is roll up your sleeves and let the boss know you’re worth the wait.
Anton Belov gets his chance to do exactly that Saturday when he makes his long-awaited...
By his own admission he wasn’t overly enthusiastic about switching from left wing to centre but now that he’s had a couple of games in the middle Taylor Hall is developing an unexpected appreciation for the new role.
He’ll play between Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky again tonight when the Edmonton Oilers take on the Vancouver Canucks.
“I am enjoying centre a lot more than I...
During his sterling stint with the Windsor Spitfires Taylor Hall was a regular on the penalty kill so when it became apparent he was going to see some time on the Edmonton Oilers’ special teams unit this pre-season he was ready to give it a go.
Ditto for Ales Hemsky although the veteran winger’s “I played back in the day” reference was a little dustier than that of his linemate...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner was in hospital Sunday with his jaw reportedly broken in two places after taking a stick to the face from Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian during their pre-season game on Saturday night.
Apparently Gagner’s jaw wasn’t wired shut after the incident. That would most likely mean a six to eight week recovery but he could still be out for many...
Oilers last had a super heavyweight enforcer in Steve “Smac” MacIntyre
This just in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Twitter: “Is this good time to note EDM which was looking for super heavyweight BEFORE last night is now ramping up that search.”
This tweet comes after incidents where various Vancouver tough guys Zack Kassian and Dale Weisse targeted Oilers star forwards Sam...
Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner will miss some time to start the season.
The team announced on Sunday that Gagner will be out indefinitely with a broken jaw suffered in a preseason game with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
For years now, Oilers’ opponents have looked at the pre-game lineup sheet in search of the type of player who might deter those kinds of plays, and they’ve seen an open stretch of highway. Sure, Mike Brown stepped up to fight Weise to a draw, but he stands just five-foot-10 and is a cruiserweight at best. It was an admirable response, but...
Vancouver Canucks winger Zack Kassian swung his stick at Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner's face, breaking his jaw. Want to see the gross photo?