Found November 16, 2011 on Lowetide:
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 Barker's value--real or imagined, it doesn't appear in the secondary disciplines (that I can find). So it set up an interesting situation for Oiler fans. Would coach Tom Renney use Barker as a 5-6D option against the NHL's competition, or would he run him like a high profile $2.25M free agent?According to Gabe Desjardins behind the net, Barker ranks 8 out of the 9 Oiler defensemen in terms of Qual Comp. Now, these things can sway here and there, but it does establish that coach Renney did not consider Barker a better option than Whitney, Gilbert or Smid. Or Potter. And Petry too when he was reca...

Eager Wants More Minutes, Renney Wants More Wins

“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...

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...

Richard Cloutier: So Now That We Know Barker's a Bust, Can We Make a Deal?

Oilers defenseman Cam Barker has went for surgery, and that means he'll be gone for at least three months. The situation could be a career-ender for Barker with the Edmonton Oilers, as he wasn't showing much before the injury. Barker was, at best, a 5/6 guy, and those aren't impossible to find. The entire situation with the Oilers defense is looking a little bleak...

Oilers D Barker out several months with ankle injury

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Cam Barker will be sidelined for several months with an ankle injury. The third overall pick of the 2004 draft, Barker suffered the injury last week and will require surgery. Barker also missed three games this season with a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old Barker has collected one goal in 12 games this season.

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...

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.

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.

Edmonton Oilers Kids Club Presented by Save-On-Foods

Are YOU fan enough? Then check out the Edmonton Oilers Kids Club, back for another season with amazing Kids Club merchandise and members only contests! Sign up for just $20 and receive an exclusive cinch bag, notebook, ruler, Oilers store disc...

Crazy Horses

I will admit to a hockey fan's lifetime of playing favorites when it comes to choosing players to cheer for over the years. As a kid, I was a Bruins fan, so that meant the extra guys (Wayne Carleton, Ace Bailey, Gary Doak, Bill Speer) were guys I knew all about because lost causes, also rans and distant bells had their careers in the balance every shift. Since I can remember...

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...

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.

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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