Found November 15, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
“I don’t think they realize yet what it takes to win on a nightly basis… It starts in your own head. The minute that you man up and buy in and understand how much it hurts to be a winner, we have a shot. Right now, not good enough.” That’s head coach Tom Renney on Sunday night after his team’s third loss in a row, this one against the Chicago Blackhawks. “I’m not sure how much more I can do with limited minutes. I’m not sure why he (Renney) made the change against Detroit.” And that’s Oilers’ left winger Ben Eager, the man who was brought in to add toughness to a young Oiler lineup and yet has nine hits in thirteen games and no goals and only a single assist but he does have one fight. Continue reading "Eager Wants More Minutes, Renney Wants More Wins"

Is "Klefbom" Swedish For "Ryan Whitney"?

Swedish Oil is a must stop everyday, he brings information on all levels. One of his strengths is Oiler kids in Europe and he's got the goods again. Quoting his article and a Finnish reporter (Sami Hoffrén) Klefbom was playing for Sweden against the Russians:Klefbom was hit to the head by a Russian forward and he had to leave the game. Didn’t play in the tournament after...

His Bite Is Worse than His Barker

When Steve Tambellini signed Cam Barker this summer, we knew what the Oilers were getting based on resume. His recent injury then should be considered a stroke of good luck? In the July 2nd post I linked to above, this was the main issue:Did he ever--at any time--play tough minutes in the NHL? No. He didn't in Minnesota and in Chicago they always had a better option. Whatever...

Motin Bolts

Swedish Oil is breaking news daily. The latest scoop has Johan Motin heading to the SEL. There's a great quote, I would post it here but the entire post is worth quoting so it's a must-read. We talked about this in August and more recently here and the fact that Motin was falling well down the depth chart and likely to be in Stockton. Motin was drafted 103rd overall and...

The Edmonton Oilers mimicking Penguins

                The Edmonton Oilers may not make the playoffs this year, but there is plenty of evidence to support the notion that the future is bright. The Oilers have been the early surprise of the NHL season, sitting just one point behind the Minnesota Wild for first in the Northwest division. At one point, they were the top team in the league, and look to have, at least...

Richard Cloutier: The TR Line Blender

How many Oiler fans remember the MacT Line Blender? Awful, wasn't it? What made it terrible was seeing inept players like Liam Reddox and Marc Pouliot getting shifts on the power-play over other players with more skill and ability. The Oilers have hit the skids and all the talk now is around the potential Tom Renney (or RT for short) line blender. I've heard Renney would...

Hawks not surprised with Khabibulin's rebound

Nikolai Khabibulin, 38, has posted a 1.52 GAA & .945 save percentage in 2011-12 (Photo by Andy Devlin / EOHC). Chicago, IL – Nikolai Khabibu...

Kings & Oilers Reach Fraser Settlement

After a hearing with Gary Bettman, the dispute between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings has come to a conclusion, at least that is what can be inferred after this tweet from TSN’s Bob McKenzie: EDM-LAK settlement reportedly a small cash outlay to offset some of Fraser’s medical costs. No big deal apparently. Everyone moving on.  Continue reading "Kings &...

Contest: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Poetry Slam, Volume 1

Full disclosure: We weren't really sure how a poetry contest would play. We know when it comes to Reader Art Contests, we're golden. But poetry's a different animal, so we were a little apprehensive about "For The Love Of Nuge: The Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Poetry Slam." Then this entry from Mohammad Rashead rolled in. It's called "Draft 2011 was the Donkey...

G18 Senators at Oilers

One of the good stories surrounding the Oilers this season is young RNH. The young man has been very good offensively and is surprisngly well schooled away from the puck. Among the things Oiler fans can count as a great development and a strong up arrow is Burnaby Ryan. RNH has a chance to move high on the list of all-time Oiler rookies. The King is Jarri Kurri.Jari Kurri (80-81...

After Hours: Ask Shawn Horcoff

Edmonton captain Shawn Horcoff joins host Scott Oake and co-host Kevin Weeks after the Oilers take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Senators-Oilers Preview

Improved scoring and goaltending have helped the Ottawa Senators bounce back from a season-worst losing streak that opened this month. The Edmonton Oilers have all kinds of problems to fix in what has become a rough November. Ottawa goes for its third straight victory Thursday night when the Oilers try to post their first five-game home winning streak since 2007-08. Since scoring...

Off With a Smile

The hockey season just throws a hanging curveball at you at times. Last night, the Hawks got one in an Oilers squad that was at the end of a six-game road trip that spanned every timezone the continent has to offer, and it was pretty clear they just wanted to go home. The Hawks raced out to a lead from the opening bell, and though the Oilers hinted at coming back, they didn't...

Ottawa Senators (9-9-1) at Edmonton Oilers (9-6-2), 9:30 p.m. (ET)

The Edmonton Oilers are back home and will entertain the Ottawa Senators tonight at Rexall Place.

Oilers D Barker to have ankle surgery

Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney announced Thursday that defenseman Cam Barker will have ankle surgery in the near future.

Rangers Have Yet to Play Top Teams

Larry Brooks at the New York Post points this out regarding the Rangers hot start to the season..."The 10-3-3 Rangers are 9-1-2 against the league's bottom 13 clubs. They have yet to face a team in the top seven in the overall standings."Rangers next five games are @Canadiens, @Panthers, @Capitals, Flyers and Penguins....i think it's safe to say we're going...
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